Mocnik: Verbum supernum prodiens


Schwerpunkte aus dem Vokalwerk Mocniks (*1967), Preisträger internationaler Wettbewerbe für Komposition. In seiner Tonsprache begegnen Assoziationen an die Gregorianik und andere musikalische „Archetypen“, etwa aus der Volksmusik, meist in einem verzweigten polyphonen und polytonalen Kontext.


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Damijan Močnik: Verbum supernum prodiens

Still in  his mid-thirties, Slovenian-born Damijan Močnik, who is also a choir conductor, has a sizeable output of choral music to his credit, of which the present  release provides a fairly comprehensive survey. These settings draw on a variety of sources, Latin, Slovenian (Prošnja, Blagri [The Beatitudes] and Kralj) and Greek (Evhe). All of them display Močnik’s expertise in choral writing gained from his conducting activity. The music, as a whole, is fairly straightforward and directly communicative, although I suspect that it must not always be easy to sing; and is mostly modally inflected with further influences from orthodox chant and folk music, but never crudely so. The folk influence is rather more evident through allusions than direct quotes.
Most pieces here are fairly short, setting various sacred texts either for mixed chorus or female voices, although some of them actually exist in different versions. Two pieces, however, stand out, if only for their rather unusual setting: Benedictus Dominus (for solo baritone) and Magnificat (for solo soprano), both magnificently sung here.
At twenty minutes, Missa in organi benedictione of 1999 is by far the most substantial work here, and a major Mass setting. It appropriately enough has an important, often demanding organ part. The setting, as a whole, is in turn simple and homophonic, contrapuntal and fiercely energetic, moving along with conviction and passion.
As can be derived from the details above, these recordings by several choirs have been made in different venues in or nearby Ljubljana, but the recorded sound is quite fine throughout, whereas all performances are superbly committed and technically assured.
In short, here is a composer new to me of whom I would definitely like to hear more, and particularly some (or all) of his choral-orchestral works which Carus might be persuaded to record soon. This release is well worth looking for.

Hubert Culot
Quelle: Classical Music Web


Der Slowene Damijan Močnik (Jahrgang 1967) studierte Komposition und Chorleitung (u.a. bei Eric Ericson) und ist als Lehrer und Chorleiter in Ljubljana tätig. Zahlreiche Preise und Auszeichnungen machen ihn zu einem der wichtigsten slowenischen Komponisten der jüngeren Generation. Für seine musikalische Sprache lässt er sich einerseits von den rhythmischen und melodischen Elementen der von ihm ausgewählten Texte inspirieren, andererseits von archaischen Musikformen wie der Gregorianik oder der slowenischen Volksmusik. Diese verarbeitet er gekonnt in eine eigene moderne und dabei doch unmittelbar ansprechende polyphone und polytonale Musik.

Quelle: Note 1 Nov/ Dez 2003


[…] La bonne qualité des chœurs et de la direction achève de faire de ce disque de musique contemporaine l'un des plus remarquables du moment.

Michael Sebaoun
Quelle: Classica 3/06