Freemasons’ Music | Berlin Classics 0301152BC

Freemasons’ Music


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Label: Berlin Classics

Cat No: 0301152BC

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 30th August 2019



A secret society, a clandestine community, mythical rituals in dark temples. The image of the Freemasons is surrounded by the mystic mists of the unknown. When it comes to their music, one should by no means think of Hans Zimmer's epoch-making soundtracks to the Hollywood movies based on Dan Brown's novels!

Vocal Concert Dresden has turned to the authentic music of Freemasonry. The exclusivity and self-imposed isolation of the movement fed the legend of the “Royal Art” that grew up about the fascinating mysteries of the Freemasons.

Schiller's "Ode to Joy" won favour in more than 100 different settings and gained immortal status as the culmination of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. The widespread view that it was commissioned as an original poem for the masons is simply untrue. Long before Beethoven took possession of the poem, a number of composers in Leipzig and Dresden had set the words to music. Four of those first settings laid the foundations for its popularity and they are featured here on this album.

Accompanied by a comprehensive booklet, this release by Vocal Concert Dresden under the direction of Peter Kopp aims to demonstrate the importance of music, not only to the freemason movement. Masonic music-making made a huge contribution to the development of middle-class and non-sacred music. Recorded in Dresden's "Institute of Freemasonry", this album featuring numerous works never recorded until now offers a truly fascinating view into a world seldom seen or heard.

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