Boston Secession (Jane Ring Frank, Artistic Director) presents "Afterlife: German Choral Meditations on Mortality." At the centerpiece of the program is Hugo Distler's haunting yet redemptive "Totentanz (Dance of Death)," a 14-movement work that gives human voice to the dying process. The program also includes Brahms's little known "Missa Canonica," Ruth Lomon's "Chor der Waisen," and Edwin London's realization of J.S. Bach's "Komm, Susser Tod."
Conducted by Jane Ring Frank. With guest artists Edward Wu, violin; Jayne West, soprano; Frank Kelley, tenor; and James Demler as the voice of Death.
From the CD liner notes by Robert Fink, PhD (UCLA)
"...The Boston Secession explores real German music: the dark, baroque intensity of the German Protestant musical imagination. This is mystical music still stuck in the seventeenth century, still grappling with the legacy of the great composers of the Lutheran choirloft and their unworldly obsession with sin and death..."
About Boston Secession...
Boston Secession is a professional vocal ensemble dedicated to making music new. We present performances of surpassing excellence, forging connections between music and the wider sphere of cultural life: art, politics, philosophy, religion, sexuality.
"To every age its art, to every art its freedom."
"The tuning and dynamics...were so precise that they made the ears ring."
--Richard Dyer, Boston Globe October 5, 2004, reviewing Boston Secession's performance in A Festival of Women Composers at Brandeis University