On October 26, EPCC and composer/conductor Gregory Rose presented a new CD – Danse Macabre in St Nicholas’ Church in Tallinn. The CD is released by Toccata Classics.
The Danse macabre – the idea that Death comes for everyone regardless of status or importance – has fascinated musicians for centuries. In 2011, inspired by a vast sixteenth-century painting by Bernd Notke in the Niguliste, St Nicholas’ Church in Tallinn, the English composer Gregory Rose (b. 1948) set the mediaeval German texts which sit below each panel, turning Notke’s terrifying vision into a bleak but grimly humorous ritual.
Gregory Rose’s Danse macabre (Death of Dance) for soloists, chorus and instruments was commissioned by the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir to whom Danse macabre is dedicated. First performance took place in St Nicholas Church, Tallinn, Estonia, on October 27th, 2011, UK premiere was on May 18th, 2013 in London.
The recording sessioon took place in October 2014 in St Nicholas’ Church in Tallinn with the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and chamber ensemble, the conductor was Gregory Rose.
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