Composer Torsten Rasch has taken nine of Rammstein´s songs and given them an early 20th century expressionistic treatment for symphonic orchestra, most notably influenced by more than a touch of Schönberg´s Verklärte Nacht as well as by Alban Berg. Yet his musical language remains individual and the result is very beautiful.
Torsten Rasch spent two years and numerous auditions looking for a singer for this cycle, until someone suggested René Pape, actually a friend of his from their childhood days in the Dresden Kreuzchor. René Pape is accompanied by actress Katharina Thalbach, whose guttural, Gollum-like voice is a stunning contrast to his own, simply gorgeous voice here.
Torsten Rasch sums it up pretty accurately: "René's voice is just beautiful. It goes from the finest pianissimo to the most shattering power. He has an amazing range in transmitting a certain state of mind, be it sadness, anger, joy, whatever."
René Pape: "It's not music I would listen to every day, but it's very interesting - and I really liked the idea of turning Industrial metal music into contemporary orchestra music."
René Pape and Katharina Thalbach will perform Mein Herz Brennt with the London Philharmonic Orchestra May 2009 in London.
Highly recommended. The below comparative extracts will give an idea of what to expect:
Mutter (René Pape):
Mein Herz Brennt (Rammstein):
Mein Herz Brennt (René Pape):