Jean-Claude Pennetier (piano) & Ensemble Vox Clamantis, Jaan-Eik Tulve
'Via Crucis' is probably one of Franz Liszt's boldest and most original works. Its musical inspiration, which ranges from Gregorian chant to Lutheran chorales, is here expressed in extremely modern harmonies that are at times Wagnerian. The programme is completed with Liszt piano pieces on a religious theme, played by Jean-Claude Pennetier: 'Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen' and 'Pater Noster', written after the death of Liszt's daughter Blandine, and plainchant from the liturgy of Holy Week, one of the major sources of inspiration for 'Via Crucis'.
Via Crucis (The 14 Stations of the Cross), S53
Pater noster (Harmonies poétiques et religieuses, S. 173 No. 5)
Prelude after Bach's cantata 'Weinen Klagen Sorgen Zagen', S179
Vexilla regis prodeunt, S. 185
"A happy marriage of pungent Estonian choral singing and French pianism, as one of Liszt's most distinctive works is heard in the setting of plainchant and religiously inspired piano solos."
BBC Music Magazine - May 2013 ****
"The two a cappella Gregorian chants are sung here with a rounded, disembodied sound, beautiful in its austerity and removed from constraints of time or space."
International Record Review - May 2013