– J. S. Bach: Passacaglia c-Moll, BWV 582 – J. S. Bach: O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort, BWV 20 – M. Reger: Requiem (Fragment), WoO V/9 – J. S. Bach: Es ist genung, Herr, wenn es dir gefällt, aus: O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort, BWV 60
Thomasorganist Ullrich Böhme, Julia Sophie Wagner (soprano), Elisabeth Wilke (alto), Martin Petzold (tenor), Tobias Berndt (bass), Thomanerchor Leipzig, ThomasSchulChor, Michael Rietz (preparation), Ulrike Gaudigs (preparation), Leipziger Universitätschor, David Timm (preparation), Daniel Beilschmidt (organ, continuo organ), Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, direction: Gotthold Schwarz
Max Reger’s Requiem was written under the shock of the apocalyptic images of horror that reached him from the front soon after the start of World War I. These he mirrored in a Latin Requiem, which he intended to dedicate to »the memory of the German heroes who fell in the War«. However, this monumental composition remained a fragment; it ends abruptly with the »Dies irae«. Several circumstances led Reger to decide against completing the work. We conclude this largely unknown work with Johann Sebastian Bach’s death chorale, »Es ist genung, Herr, wenn es Dir gefällt«, making a smooth transition to his chorale cantata, »O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort« (BWV 20). The libretto centres on visionary images of the horrors of the Last Judgement, but also on promises of salvation and redemption from death and mortality.