Although a good portion of the texts are in german it is an overhwelming listening experience (IMHO) also for non-german speakers. Sometimes the words are not clearly audible - wether german or in another language. But it doesn't diminish the impact of the score - au contraire
Since I discovered B.A. Zimmermann (about ten years ago) seriously, he has become one of my favourite composers. A friend of mine made me aware about the LP I post here - it was released not by a label but through the association of the german industries - or better its cultural society.
I was lucky enough to find it several days ago - and what a find...still the music is resonating.
BERND ALOIS ZIMMERMANN (20 March 1918 - 10 August 1970)
"REQUIEM FÜR EINEN JUNGEN DICHTER" (LINGUAL 1967-1969)
Lingual für Sprecher, Sopran- und Baritonsolo, drei Chöre, Orchester, Jazz-Combo und elektronische Klänge nach Worten verschiedener Dichter, Berichte und Reportagen.
(Lingual for speaker, soprano- and baritone-solo, three choirs, orchestra, jazz-combo, organ and electronic sounds, with texts from various writers, narrations and reports.)
Ad Honorem St.Hermani-Josephi
Dorothy Dorow, soprano
Günther Reich, baritone
Theo Loevendie Quartet
Manfred Schoof, trumpet
Matthias Fuchs, speaker
Hans Franzen, speaker
RIAS Chamber Choir, Erich Brockhaus, leader
Austrian Broadcast Choir, Prof. Gottfried Preinfalk, leader
The Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and the Great Broadcast Choir of the N.O.S. Hilversum
Michaell Gielen, director
Side A: (29:10)
- Requiem I
- Requiem II
Side B: (35:02)
Requiem II (continued)
- Dona Nobis Pacem
Recorded by the Nederlandse Omroep Stichting Hilversum at the Holland-Festival in 1971.
Published by the Kulturkreis im Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie - Stereo 2891 182 (LP)
Note: Words are by Wladimir Majakowski, Sergej Jessenin, Conrad Beyer, Ezra Pound, H.H.Jahnn, Mao, Dubcek, Goebbels, Joyce, Camus, Weöres, Augustine, Hitler, Imre Nagy, Papandreou, Chamberlain, Aeschylus, Wittgenstein, Beatles [Hey Jude] and others...(languages - greek, russian, english, french, hungarian, czech, latin, german...)