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Requiem for my Friend

Zbigniew Preisner Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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  • Performer: Varsov Chamber Choir, Elzbieta Towarnicka
  • Orchestra: Sinfonia Varsovia
  • Conductor: Jacek Kaspszyk, Ryszard Zimak
  • Composer: Zbigniew Preisner
  • Audio CD (12 Oct 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Erato
  • ASIN: B00000I3XG
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,608 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Officium 3:46£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Kyrie eleison 6:12£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Dies irae 4:51£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Offertorium 3:18£0.89  Buy MP3 
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Listen  6. Agnus dei 1:49£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Lux aeterna 1:57£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Lacrimosa 3:22£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Epitaphium 3:04£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Meeting 5:18£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Discovering the World 2:50£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Love 2:28£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Kai kairos 9:43£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Ascende huc 2:17£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Veni et vidi 2:44£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Qui erat et qui est 4:26£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Lacrimosa - Day of Tears 4:06£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Prayer 3:16£0.89  Buy MP3 

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Melancholy 11 Dec 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I have been very inspired by this unusual collection of work. The composer has an excellent ear for the female soprano and choral music in general. There is a refreshing mixture of styles to listen to, but there is a powerful melancholy thread linking all the pieces together. The first choral works are beautifully simple if not slightly surreal and mysterious. The two long organ pieces which follow tend to have a monotonous and very sorrowful feel, no doubt intended. The style seems to be a mixture of modern and early influence. There is definite evidence of the polish renaissance, and at the same time, some instrumental tracks (particularly track 11) fall into a more modern, film score style, James Horner's Braveheart comes to mind on this track, especially with the reverberant wind instrument (unknown) mixed with long wavering string lines. Later there is the unexpected introduction of a saxophone which adds a clever contemporary and almost warming slant, working excellently well with the stark tones of the chorus. The dominantly male choruses return with full power towards the end as an unsettling climaxical atmosphere occurs through several very 'orff' like pieces.
This is certainly worth the purchase, it is very original and although extremely melancholy considering the composers motivation, haunting and extremly inspirational in its intentions.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "To everything there is a season and a time" 5 Oct 2008
By Nicholas Casley TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
This CD was given to me by a friend as a birthday present - was he trying to tell me something?

Zbigniew Preisner is a film composer. His Requiem is his first large-scale classical work and is written in two parts. The first, the requiem proper, is 31 minutes in length; the second, the life, is 36 minutes. It is dedicated to the film director Krzysztof Kieslowski, who died in 1996.

Part one features six soloists, a string quintet, an organ and percussion. It was recorded in Warsaw Cathedral and in a church in Krakow, so there is a great atmospheric echo. It is meditational in feel; there are large sections where only the organ plays, and then the music is slow and lugubrious, note by note. The soloists (one soprano - the only female - and two angelic countertenors, plus two tenors and only one bass) emphasise the otherworldly feeling. The Dies Irae is anything but!

The strings enter at the Offertorium. A single bell maintains a mournful tone. The pace is slow and measured, quasi-Baroque with minimal counterpoint. The music can sound very beautiful and celestial, such as in the short Sanctus where voices, organ and bell combine. For what kind of film would this be a soundtrack? Perhaps one by Tarkovsky?

The Lux Aerterna has a folkloric quality; the Lacrimosa, the climax of the piece, is forcefully beautiful with the organ thunderously underpinning the soloists. The repeated riffs throughout this piece remind me of Gorecki's third symphony. Its soundworld is neither comforting nor damning. It is ethereal, ending with a simple organ meditation that suddenly slows and stops. The music can be enjoyed as music and can be recommended for someone seeking a thoughtful and minimalist (in terms of participants) interpretation of this musical-religious form.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning 13 Sep 2009
By J. Lamb
Format:Audio CD
I came across this work through ClassicFM and was so impressed by the one piece they played to buy the CD. Whilst familiar with some of the films he has scored he was otherwise unknown to me - I was not disappointed.

Whilst the circumstances of its creation are a little sad (the death of his friend the director Kieaelowski curtailing a bigger project), the result is a stunning work.

To quote two fellow reviewers there are pieces which genuinely make the hairs stand out on the back of your neck and at times you just have to stop and listen.

Whilst technicans may be able to pull the indiviudal pieces apart and comment on their construction etc, for me it is just perfect.

The voices are clear and the production atmospheric where it needs to be (part one was recorded in Warsaw Cathedral).

There are a variety of instruments (nice to see the alto sax get some credit) and beautiful voices, the music flows throughout. The two distinct halves complement each other from loosely familiar Sanctus, Agnus Dei and haunting Lacrimosa (I challenge you to play that quietly) to the stirring Apokalipsa sections which all show, I think, their comtempory roots.

Buy it. You will not be disappointed.

I will be exploring this composers other works very soon.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BUY IT NOW 1 Aug 2003
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Format:Audio CD
I find much classical choral music to be a bit pretentious and too pleased with itself; this is different. The tracks are ruthlessly direct, the voices intense and pure and the effect is haunting. You know it's good when tracks retain their magic even after repeated playing. One listen on the radio and I just had to have it - I'm sure you'll be just as hooked.
5 out of 5 is a bit generous, as there are one or two slightly corny moments, but there's no provision for 4.5! It was good enough to get me to write this; I hope this is good enough to get you to buy it. Play it loud and feel the hairs on the back of your neck stick up! Fantastic.
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4.0 out of 5 stars great
Suggested by a friend, very nice with a lot of three dimensional spacing. It is a really bargainer for every music lover.
Published 5 months ago by Wil
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
This is the fifth time I bought this album, because I give it away to friends/family who lost a love one in the hpe it gives them some comfort (and I know they appreciate it). Read more
Published 6 months ago by G. van den Hof
4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful piece
The Cd was like on the advert, with a tiny scratch on the box. Thanks a lot, it was a great gift!
Published 9 months ago by mealone
5.0 out of 5 stars Typical Preisner
Great work - not always easy listening, but imaginative progressions and intervals as one expects from Preisner. Good performances and sound.
Repays repeated listening.
Published 22 months ago by Oliver
5.0 out of 5 stars Requiem for my friend
Hauntingly beautiful.
My 7 year old grand daughter said "Beautiful but a little sad"
Published on 9 Nov 2009 by Mr. Nigel Warner
5.0 out of 5 stars Spiritual Epiphany, ahoy!
The previous patronising and somewhat pompous review fails to understand the second part of this recording. Read more
Published on 29 July 2002 by P. Dunhill
5.0 out of 5 stars A requiem to be played at all funerals
The intensity of feeling that this CD provokes is second to none. I heard an extract late one night on the radio and it took me three months to trace the album from the little I... Read more
Published on 26 Sep 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars The Lacrimosa is fabulous
A must for any collection of classical music. The Lacrimosa is fabulous. I have to stop whatever Im doing when I hear it because I can do nothing but let the music wash over my... Read more
Published on 13 Mar 2000 by Debbie Farnsworth
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