InterviewPeter Eötvös on Zimmermann’s “Requiem für einen jungen Dichter”
Peter Eötvös conducts Zimmermann’s “Requiem for a Young Poet”
Bernd Alois Zimmermann’s Requiem for a Young Poet from 1969 is a heart-wrenching and unconventional mass for the dead. Written for two speakers, vocalists, chorus, orchestra and tape, it reveals a powerful, multifaceted panorama of the half century that comprised Zimmermann’s life before he committed suicide in 1970. The conductor of this powerful performance from 2009 is Peter Eötvös, one of Zimmermann’s students.
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