Krzysztof Herdzin: Requiem

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It is my profound belief that one can discover meaning in life by reflecting on death and the evanescence of our existence. It is only by contemplating death and accepting it that we may find peace of spirit and mind. Such contemplation makes it possible to view death in a different light, to find deeper sense in it, and prepare for its coming. The transition to another dimension, that of eternal life, is a stage that comes as natural to every Christian. This is why my own musical statement about the dead is contemplative in mood, full of hope, optimism, and love. In my Requiem, I have consciously omitted the section known as Dies irae. As its title (‘Day of Wrath’) suggests, this sequence is filled with pain and suffering that accompany a bloody, apocalyptic vision of the Last Judgment. My Kyrie eleison, on the other hand, has been constructed rather untypically (following consultation with a theologian), namely – in the manner of a joyful greeting addressed to the Risen Christ, the victorious King, to whom we offer our thanks and whom we glorify for the reconciliation that he brought about. It is thus conceived as a triumphant acclamation, as homage and adoration, the way it functioned in the original liturgy, though in our present-day tradition this call is normally understood as a grave and sorrowful supplication for mercy rather than an act of adoration. Krzysztof Herdzin. Translation: Tomasz Zymer
Catalogue number ACD333
Barcode 5902176503338
Release date 05/04/2024
Label CD Accord
Format CD
Number of discs 1
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