Schnittke’s Stichi Pokajanije

Spiritual submersion in Russian-orthodox tradition

Alfred Harrievitsj Schnittke was born in the Sovjet-Union, in de then Wolga-German Republic, as a son of a Jewish and German father en a Catholic and Wolga-German mother. He was baptized as a Catholic, but he also felt connected to the Russian-orthodox and Jewish faiths. In the beginning of the eighties he converted (again) to Catholicism and headed into the direction of spirituality en mystique, which lead to a peak with his 12 Stichi Pokajanije (12 Psalms of Repentance). Schnittke wrote this piece in 1988 for the commemoration of the 1000-year of existence of the Russian-orthodox Church. The twelve psalms of repentance originate from a book with 16th century poetry by anonymous Russian monks, that was issued in Russiain in 1986. Schnittke’s 12 Stichi Pokajanije are musically and spiritually drenched with Russian-orthodox tradition. A central story in this piece is the double murder of the brothers - and later also declared saints - Boris and Gleb. ‘We are all sinful’ is the message, in which an eternal desire for consolation, light and foregiveness is born.

Alfred Schnittke (1934-1998) 12 Stichi Pokajanije 1988

Alfred Schnittke Drei geistliche Gesänge1983

Arvo Pärt (1935) Zwei slawische Psalmen1984/1997

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) delen uit Suite voor cello solo in c klein, BWV 1011*


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Daniel Reuss conductor

Jeroen den Herder cello*

* only in Lochem

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