2 Aug 2019
Irene Rosner David paid an emotional tribute to Crouch End Festival Chorus after the choir finished the inaugural recording of her brother Arnold Rosner’s Requiem at Abbey Road Studios in London.
“You have brought my brother back to me today, “ Irene told musical director David Temple and 85 singers from the choir following the six-hour recording session of the work composed by her brother in 1973 at the age of 28.
Rosner was born in New York City in 1945 and lived and composed there for most of his life which ended on his 68th birthday in 2013. His sister has since been working hard to make new recordings of his works.
The London Philharmonic Orchestra recorded the Requiem with the choir under the baton of American conductor Nick Palmer. It was produced by Rosner’s long-term friend Walter Simmons with Temple conducting the acapella Madrigal section of the work.
Temple also worked closely with Jonathan Allen on the mixing desk for the recording, which lasts just over an hour.
“It was wonderful to see how much the choir’s singing meant to Irene Rosner, Walter Simmons, Nick Palmer and also Jonathan Allen -- how the singers grabbed the music and performed it as if their lives depended on it,” Temple said.