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Nicolae Bretan
1887 - 1968
N. Bretan
Nicolae Bretan (06/04/1887 - 01/12/1968), a Rumanian composer from Nasaud. He occupies a special niche in the history of Western music. In his several operas and prodigious number of art songs, Bretan looked to the essential nature of song itself, and to the capabilities of the human voice in regard to its expressive functions and possibilities. In this sense he can be compared to Gluck, and also, in the directness and "natural" qualities of his musical language, to Mussorgsky.
Author:Hartmut Gagelmann, translated by Beaumont Glass
Composed in:1932
Musical form:mass
Text/libretto:Latin mass
Label(s):Nimbus Records NI 5584
The Requiem for mezzosoprano, bariton and organ contains:
01. Introitus
02. Graduale
03. Dies irae
04. Offertorium
05. Sanctus
06. Pie Jesu
07. Agnus Dei

♫ 01. Introitus
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♫ 02. Graduale
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♫ 03. Dies irae
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♫ 04. Offertorium
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♫ 05. Sanctus
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♫ 06. Pie Jesu
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♫ 07. Agnus Dei
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Bretan's Sacred songs and his speak of the composer's difficult relationship with his religion, and through his expression of human concerns such as death, despair, guilt and loss, the notion of blind faith is rejected. Despite the ostensible theme of the disc, we might well conclude that Bretan did not write for the church, but rather for the soul. Duration: 22 minutes.