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Mala Punica

Mala Punica


Weeks:

Mala punica

Walled Garden


Exaudi, Hortus Ensemble, James Weeks

Since its debut in 2002, EXAUDI has emerged as one of Britain’s leading contemporary music ensembles. EXAUDI is based in London. The ensemble typically works as a consort rather than a choir. EXAUDI’s special affinities are High Renaissance, early Baroque and especially contemporary music, at home equally with maximal complexity, microtonality and experimental aesthetics.

Mala Punica (pomegranate) is an extraordinary album, particularly because the leader and composer James Weeks has written the settings of the poems „Song of Songs“ especially for the eight voices of EXAUDI which he founded together with the soprano Juliet Fraser. The erotic poems from the Tanach (Old Testament) fascinate through the impressive aesthetic power of EXAUDI. This song circle is framed by the instrumental composition „Walled Garden“. „Mala Punica“ and „Walled Garden“ are totally merged into one another and form an artistic unity.

“this is a seductive thing: lush, finespun music by James Weeks, performed by his peerless vocal ensemble Exaudi and the excellent instrumentalists of the Netherlands-based Hortus Ensemble – artfully recorded, too...There’s a refinement and definition to the writing that sounds just right in Exaudi’s chiselled-but-definitely-not-chaste delivery.” The Guardian, 11th May 2017 ****

“an immaculately details performance where each line carries weight and audibly contributes to the whole...through careful cultivating, mixed with an openness to letting his material run wild, Weeks proves himself both expert architect and gardener.” Gramophone Magazine, July 2017

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Gervasoni: Le Pré

Gervasoni: Le Pré


Aldo Orvieto (piano), Saori Furukawa (violin), Alvise Vidolin (electronics), Aldo Orvieto (prepared piano)

In the composers own words – “The French poet and writer, Francis Ponge wrote a book called "La fabrique du Pré" ("the meadow factory"). I give a double interpretation to this title: constructing from zero, creating a story starting from the beginning of life; or working on the preliminaries of existence, trying to give consistency to this magic zone where childhood starts its long process of becoming adult, magic starts to separate from reality, infancy from adult life and the reverse, adult life feeling deprived and nostalgic of a purely emotional relationship with reality, children and adults becoming aware of the lack of an ecstatic relationship with the world, later replaced by an aesthetic one (in art), by faith (in religion), by love, or by drugs, meditation, extreme sports or any artificial method to go beyond this present, heavy, concrete world. I think this is the leading thread and the deep meaning of this CD program. - Stefano Gervasoni

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Reijseger: The Volcano Symphony

Reijseger: The Volcano Symphony


Ernst Reijseger (cello)

Forma Antiqva, Aarón Zapico

Composer and cellist Ernst Reijseger presents his first symphonic poem, “The Volcano Symphony”, written for the great Baroque orchestra Forma Antiqua conducted by Aarón Zapico. It is unlikely that Antonio Vivaldi wished to describe the course of the year in his “Le Quattro Stagioni”, or that Richard Strauss had the intention of illustrating the mountain hike of his youth in “An Alpine Symphony”. Instead, both works focus on phases and narrations of human life. Ernst Reijseger is fascinated by the unstoppable power of flowing lava, the inferno, the quiet sea of hell, the explosion of elemental forces, and the creation of new, vigorous life. In Inferno Part I to XI, Reijseger describes magma and its effects, this mass of molten rocks streaming out of the opening in the earth, breaking out, destroying, fertilising, and introducing the birth of new life. The Vulcano Symphony tells of death and life. Soprano Eugenia Boix embodies the voice of Pele, the goddess of the volcanoes according to Hawaiian belief. We experience a completely new sound language from a Baroque orchestra: Reijseger's composition transforms its fascinating powers of narration into an event.

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Universe - Piano Solo

Universe - Piano Solo


Debussy:

Préludes - Book 1: No. 10, La cathédrale engloutie

Préludes - Book 1: No. 4, Les sons et les parfums tournent dans l'air du soir

Préludes - Book 1: No. 3, Le vent dans la plaine

Préludes - Book 1: No. 7, Ce qu’a vu le vent de l’ouest

Préludes - Book 1: No. 6, Des pas sur le neige

Préludes - Book 1: No. 8, La fille aux cheveux de lin

Études pour piano: No. 10 'Pour les sonorités opposées'

Sciarrino:

Prima Sonata (1976)

III Sonata (1987)

Sonata II (1983)


Jean-Pierre Collot

For opposing sonorities: Two totally different materials, time and space build here the “window form” characteristic for Sciarrino, which is essential for the light conditions in the room. Salvatore Sciarrino, framed by Claude Debussy, helps us to get closer to the incredible multi-faceted modernity of the Frenchman. Does Sciarrino announce Debussy? Does Debussy remember Sciarrino? New connections have been tied on a long journey, where the traditional boundaries of space and time disappear. Jean-Pierre Collot was born in Metz, studied under JeanClaude Pennetier, Christian ivaldi and Jean Koerner at the University of Paris (CnSM), and completed his studies with three first prizes with distinctions for piano, chamber music and piano accompaniment.

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Arditti String Quartet: Gifts and Greetings

Arditti String Quartet: Gifts and Greetings

All works are world premeire recordings


Abrahamsen:

For Arditti Quartet

André:

iv 13a

Birtwistle:

Hoquetus Irvinius

Caine:

Caprice 13

Clarke, James:

String Quartet No. 3

Ferneyhough:

Silentium

Haas, G F:

LAIR

Hosokawa:

Small River in Distance

Lim:

The Weaver's Knot

Paredes, H:

Hacia una bitácora capilar

Pauset:

Wahrheitsverfahren

Rihm:

In Verbundenheit

Staud:

Stringendo (Zugabe für Emil Breisach)

Stroppa:

La Vita Immobile


Uri Caine (piano) & Brice Pauset (harpsichord)

Arditti String Quartet

The Arditti String Quartet celebrates their 40 years on stage. It is astounding to see how many great composers of our time have written for the unique sound virtuoso Irvine Arditti and his quartet. In co- operation with Westdeutscher Rundfunk Winter & Winter releases a special album with 13 first recordings, compositions which were written for the birthday of this quartet. A top-class birthday song! The WDR studio production, done immediately after the world premieres at Wittener Tage for new chamber music, unites the major contemporary composers of our time. The Arditti String Quartet plays with the guest artists Uri Caine on piano and Brice Pauset on harpsichord pieces by Mark Andre, Hans Abrahamsen, Harrison Birtwistle, Uri Caine, Brian Ferneyhough, Toshio Hosokawa, György Kurtág, liza lim, Hilda Paredes, Brice Pauset, Wolfgang Rihm, Marco Stroppa and Jennifer Walshe. An album brimming with first recordings, sound gifts, serenades, dedications, greetings, homages, an album titled “Gifts and Greetings”. Arditti – that’s the ensemble for which critics have run out of the superlative: The fabulous four!

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...of waters making moan

...of waters making moan


Harvey, J:

Chant

Pesson:

Peigner le vif

Saunders, R:

…of waters making moan

Stroppa:

Il peso di un pensiero

Nous sommes l'air, pas la terre…

Zender:

Ein Wandersmann…zornig


Teodoro Anzellotti (accordion) & Chtristophe Desjardins (viola)

The viola and the accordion are the focus of this recording work, two instruments, which have led a shadows existence for a long time. The viola as a rich timbre in symphonic or chamber music form, the accordion as a global player of popular music with the stable smell of folk music. Despite, or perhaps, due to the previous history, as well as the violin and the accordion were turning to treasured protagonists of the New Music.Teodoro Anzellotti and Christophe Desjardins perform as solist but also in a duo on this album named after the composition “...of waters making moan“ by Rebecca Saunders.

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Reijseger: Salt and Fire (OST)

Reijseger: Salt and Fire (OST)


Ernst Reijseger (cello & voice)

Netherlands Wind Ensemble

Ernst Reijseger is progressively establishing himself successfully as film music composer and creates a unique atmosphere with a complex blend of composition, improvisation, world music and contemporary. The soundtrack Salt and Fire is a playful balancing act between traditional rules and genre boundaries. Reijseger crosses borders and creates his own sound world without barriers. At the beginning of the millennium Werner Herzog and Ernst Reijseger started working together. The music of Salt and Fire describes with sounds, the beauty and variety of our nature on earth. Ernst Reijseger’s work is a homage to life, love and eternity. Ernst Reijseger, individualist, cellist, composer and performance artist, belongs to one of the most important artists of the contemporary music scene. His instrument is his voice.

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Satie: Socrate

Satie: Socrate


Satie:

Trois Melodies

3 autres Mélodies

Hymne

Socrate - Drame Symphonique


With 2016 being the 150th anniversary year of the birth of Erik Satie, Barbara Hannigan and Reinbert de Leeuw present with expressive intensity and in a unique way, the fascinating sound world of this leading French composer and pianist. Hannigan and de Leeuw let us discover and experience Satie’s almost forgotten and unique vocal compositions: Trois Mélodies, Trois Autres Mélodies and Hymne. The main work and title of the album is the composition Socrate comprising of three parts - Portrait de Socrate, Les Bords d’Illissus and Mort de Socrate: music which sounds white, transparent and fragile.

“Hannigan sings the songs of Erik Satie as if she’s sitting next to you, whispering and cooing across the kitchen table with sufficient breathiness, soft edges and exquisite spaciousness to match Reinbert de Leeuw’s sweet-melancholy piano chords.” The Guardian, 5th May 2016 ****

“Throughout their album, Barbara Hannigan and Reinbert de Leeuw maintain a very noticeable consistency of mood, atmosphere and colour. The coolly detached house style of Winter & Winter has been respected but an aesthetic decision has clearly been taken to represent Satie as a creative lone wolf.” Gramophone Magazine, June 2016

“Barbara Hannigan proves to be one of the finest interpreters of this music…while Reinbert de Leeuw proves that you do not need the chamber orchestra in Socrate. Indeed, the partnership between Hannigan and De Leeuw shows great intelligence and a true sense of ensemble that opens this music to a greater understanding.” MusicWeb International, July 2016

“Hannigan and De Leeuw perfectly capture the elusive, emotionally detached nature of Socrate” BBC Music Magazine, August 2016

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - June 2016

BBC Music Magazine

Disc of the month - August 2016

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Accordion Time Voyage

Accordion Time Voyage


1. Life, Liberty And The Prosciutto Happiness [Guy Klucevsek]

2. Charms Of The Night Sky [Dave Douglas]

3. Variatio 18. Canone alla Sexta. a I Clav. [J. S. Bach]

4. Variatio 20. a 2 Clav. [J. S. Bach]

5. The Gift [Guy Klucevsek]

6. Keyboard Sonata In B Flat, K 545 [D. Scarlatti]

7. Auf verwachsenem Pfade - 1. Reihe - Our Evenings [Leos Janacek]

8. Tango for November [Fumio Yasuda]

9. 3 Gymnopédies - 1. Lent Et Douloureux [Erik Satie]

10. Petite Ouverture A Danser [Erik Satie]

11. Kuyavyak [Trad., arr. Alan Bern]

12. New Smeseno [Stian Carstensen]

13. Accordion Concerto: Last Choral [Fumio Yasuda]

14. Tannhäuser Overture [Uri Caine after Richard Wagner]

15. Lament for the Accordion Maker [Guy Klucevsek]


Teodoro Anzellotti (accordion), Alan Bern (accordion), Stian Carstensen (accordion), Dominic Cortese (accordion), Ulrich Schlumberger (accordion)

The Uri Caine Ensemble, Kammerorchester Basel, European Art Orchestra, Farmers Market

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Abrahamsen: Let me tell you

Abrahamsen: Let me tell you


Read Katherine's exclusive interview with Hans Abrahamsen about the project here.

Premiered by soprano Barbara Hannigan [with the Berlin Philharmonic] and conductor Andris Nelsons in 2013. 'Let me tell you', winner of the 2016 Gawemeyer Award, is a setting of a libretto by Paul Griffiths. The work is based on Griffiths’ 2008 novel of the same name, using the limited vocabulary which Shakespeare afforded Ophelia to create a more complex idea of the character. Comprising seven poems, the work is divided into three parts devoted to Ophelia’s past, present and future.

Danish composer Hans Abrahamsen was smitten by the idea of scoring Paul Griffiths’ novella 'let me tell you'; Barbara Hannigan, asked to sing at a surprise party for the writer and critic, dared to suggest a commission to the Berlin Philharmonic. Before she knew it, they had accepted. While many world premieres fall into oblivion, she has ensured subsequent performances with the Gothenburg Symphony, Rotterdam Philharmonic and the City of Birmingham Symphony this season; other orchestras have plans to programme the work further down the line. The soprano, who has sung some 80 premieres, feels such a strong sense of responsibility that she compares the piece to a baby: "Don’t drop it," she wants to say, "keep it clothed and nourished." This is the second time that a musical setting of a text by Paul Griffiths has won the Grawemeyer (Tan Dun's Marco Polo won in 1998). The piece also won the 2014 Royal Philharmonic Society award for large-scale composition, which described it as "a work of exquisite beauty whose ravishing surface belies a meticulously imagined and innovative score". Abrahamsen’s other accolades include the Carl Nielsen Prize (1989) and the Wilhelm Hansen Composer Prize (1998).

Hannigan has revealed just how involved she was at the early stages of the composition process: this being the composer’s first sung work, she [Hannigan] gave him a four-hour session in vocal music from Renaissance to 12-tone. "I think that’s why the writing doesn’t feel like modern music to me," she says. "I feel like it has always been there. Even though the intervals and rhythms might be difficult, the lyricism has a timeless quality."

“It was created for soprano Barbara Hannigan and is a stunning vehicle for her, with its floating, effortless-sounding high notes and pure, expressive tone. Her Ophelia is intense and fragile, sensuous and febrile; her phrasing is elastic and tasteful...The piece won this year’s $100,000 Grawemeyer award and it’s easy to hear why.” The Guardian, 14th January 2016 *****

“the piece, a winner of a Grawemeyer and an RPS award, contains a whole ocean of melancholy and ferocity. This is realised by the extraordinary soprano Barbara Hannigan and by Abrahamsen’s wondrous score, which embraces Romantic echoes and fascinating microtonal clusters … What emerges is a postmodern portrait of a woman with much more of an inner life than even the Bard may have realised.” The Times, 5th February 2016 *****

“Abrahamsen expresses both the fragility and force of Griffiths's imagined Ophelia through glinting, gauze-like textures and moments of clattering tumult…Barbara Hannigan's agile, luminous voice is ideal, and sings with power and subtlety, superbly matched by Andris Nelsons and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra” BBC Music Magazine, May 2016 *****

“The spare yet pregnant lines of text meet Abrahamsen’s finely spun textures and each word feels felt and weighed in music. Possibly you don’t even need to know that Barbara Hannigan is singing Ophelia’s words any more, yet her vehemence and passion suggest she thinks justice is finally being done to a woman who never did get much chance to tell her side of the story” Gramophone Magazine, March 2016

“Abrahamsen’s ethereal magic brilliantly treats Paul Griffith’s patchwork of lines from Shakespeare’s Ophelia, and there can be no better advocate for any composer than Ms. Hannigan. Mr. Nelsons’s conducting is smooth, the Bavarians’ playing revealing and true.” New York Times, 15th December 2016

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GGramophone Awards 2016

Winner - Contemporary

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - March 2016

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