Sunday, February 3, 2008

Lalo Schifrin - Rock Requiem

Another entry on the theme of lithurgical-music-as-pop, to continue New Hope Jazz Mass and Latin Mass.

Review: Out of print and hard to find, this was released at a time when "rock opera" and concept themes were popular (or interesting to consider). Deftly mixing elements of rock, gospel, jazz and secular music, Schifrin employs a choir and LA studio musicians in this unusual and fascinating tribute "for the dead in the Southeast Asia War." Rock Requiem stands strong as a sequel of sorts to Schifrin's cantata, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich (1968) and the liturgical Jazz Suite on the Mass Texts (as recorded by Paul Horn in 1964). Worth the attention.
Detailed notes on the performances are here.

Also mentioned in a 1972 Time article Pop Goes the Bible.

Lalo Schifrin - Rock Requiem
320kbps, 86mb on sharebee
1. The Procession
2. Introit
3. Kyrie Eleison
4. Gradual
5. Tract
6. Offertory Verse
7. Sanctus Benedictus
8. Agnus Dei
9. Final Prayer

I'll throw in another Schifrin album I am currently listening to. They say it's one of his best. The uploads are not mine.
Review: Schifrin produced in 1966 what remains truly one of his greatest musical achievements. Essentially a baroque take on jazz, Schifrin creates his own beautiful variations on the classics here. His inspiration is diverse, even divine - Henry Purcell ("Aria"), Bach ("Bossa Antique"), Francis Hopkinson ("Beneath a Weeping Willow Shade"), Telemann ("Old Laces"), even Ramsey Lewis and the Rolling Stones ("The Wig"). The musicianship is first-rate too; especially Schifrin's graceful and evocative piano and Gene Bertoncini's lovely guitar. Without question, a unique, gorgeous and inspired statement and one of the buried treasures in 1960's jazz.
Detailed notes on the performances are here.

Lalo Schifrin — Marquis de Sade (1966)
Full title: "The Dissection and Reconstruction of Music From the Past as performed by the Inmates of Lalo Schifrin's Demented Ensemble as a Tribute to the Memory of the Marquis De Sade"
192kbps, 44mb on megaupload or mediafire - NEW LINKS
1. Old Laces
2. The Wig
3. The Blues For Johann Sebastian
4. Renaissance
5. Beneath A Weeping Willow Shade
6. Versailles Promenade
7. Troubadour
8. Marquis De Sade
9. Aria
10. Bossa Antique


  1. excelente muchas gracias por esto!!!!!!!

  2. I had those two wonderful albums and transcribed my vinyl copy of Rock Requiem. Yours seems to be a little better (and I'll stay with that!), but I spent some time fixing the cover images with Photoshop and mine are better. If you want them to replace yours (or if anyone else wants it) just let me know:

  3. Hi there-

    It seems this links are all dead now; would you repost when convenient? Thanks!

  4. No, the links for Rock Requiem are still alive. I'll repost them from sharebee:

  5. jurgen SchirmacherAugust 14, 2010 at 8:51 AM

    Hello lesTP

    I have been looking for Tribute to Marquis Du Sade for years - no one has it - and you do!!

    I have tried to access via your sites - they say the file is no longer there.

    Please let me know how I can download a copy :

  6. Hi Jurgen, the rapidshare link is still good, try again.

  7. Hi LesTP, i've got the same problem than Jurgen now...and the Rapidshare link isn't good anymore


  8. Tribute to Marquis Du Sade reupped, see the post.