Dvorak’s Requiem, which premiered in October, 1891, is a work rich in reference and association: it borrows conventions of text-setting from the Renaissance and the Baroque; it employes sophisticated techniques of form and orchestration developed during the Romantic era of music, and it evokes two millennia of ritual and belief. Based on the ancient Roman Catholic Mass for the Dead, the Requiem can be a daunting undertaking, needing the talents of a full orchestra, four soloists, and symphonic chrorus. Zdenek Macal and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra provide a perfect support structure, wending their way masterfully through the many invocations of Dvorak’s motto theme.
Dvorak Requiem/Symphony No. 9
New Jersey Symphony Orchestra
Zdenek Macal, conductor
Requiem, Op. 89, Part I: Requiem aeternam / Graduale / Dies irae/ Tuba mirum / Quid sum miser / Recordare, Jesu pie / Confutatis maledictis / Lacrimosa / Part II: Offertorium / Hostias
Requiem, Op. 89, Part II: Sanctus / Pie Jesu / Agnus Dei;
Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, Op. 95, “From the New World” – Adagio; Allegro molto; Largo; Scherzo – Molto vivace; Allegro con fuoco