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Brian Ferneyhough (b.1943)

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Ferneyhough - Chamber Music

Ferneyhough - Chamber Music



Corrado Canonici (solo bass)

Trittico per G.S

Corrado Canonici (solo bass)


Bridget Carey (solo viola), Julian Warburton (obbligato percussion), Coloratura (Christopher Redgate oboe, Ian Pace piano)

In Nomine à 3


Christopher Redgate (solo oboe)

Ensemble Exposé

Ever since the formation of Ensemble Exposé in 1984 the music of the so-called New Complexity has formed a major part of its repertoire, not least because its founder directors included Michael Finnissy, Richard Barrett and Roger Redgate, giving the ensemble a reputation almost synonymous with the music, but also because the ensemble has an international membership of specialist performers whose commitment to the music (also as soloists) is all too rare in the UK.

In particular the ensemble has developed a close association with the music of Brian Ferneyhough, with whom it has worked on many occasions, and whose works have featured in many concerts.

The ensemble has performed a wide range of Ferneyhough’s music from the early Coloratura (1966) and Prometheus (1967) to many of the more recent compositions to date, including several first British performances. Most of the works on this disc, however, were composed within a few years of each other, after the composer’s move to San Diego in 1987, during which period he was professor of composition at UCSD, and prior to his subsequent engagement at Stanford University in 2000. Ensemble Exposé is a professional ensemble dedicated to the performance of new and experimental music.

It was formed in 1984 by the composers Richard Barrett, Roger Redgate and Michael Finnissy and has since established a reputation for its commitment to presenting the most challenging of contemporary music. The ensemble has assembled an international membership of virtuoso musicians and a repertoire whose power and directness is matched by its lack of intellectual compromise. The group has given extensive concerts and broadcasts throughout Europe and has appeared at many of the major festivals of new music in France, Germany, Holland, Hungary, Italy, Sweden and the USA.

“An engaging double-bassist is among shining soloists on this attractive disc.” Gramophone Magazine, July 2009

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Ferneyhough: Shadowtime

Ferneyhough: Shadowtime

Shadowtime is an opera told in seven scenes across 2 CDs and a little over 2 hours of complex and fascinating music. Described as a "thought opera", it is based on the work and life of Walter Benjamin, one of the greatest philosophers and cultural critics of the twentieth century.

“Bernstein's text makes oblique manoeuvres round the themes of Benjamin's work, and Ferneyhough sets them to complex yet frequently beautiful music, a mixture of tough and tender modernism” The Observer

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Ferneyhough - Terrain

Ferneyhough - Terrain



Graeme Jennings (violin)

Franck Ollu

no time (at all)

Geoffrey Morris, Ken Murray (guitars)

La Chute d’Icare

Carl Rosman (clarinet)

Jean Deroyer


Erkki Veltheim (viola)

Les Froissements d’Ailes de Gabriel

Geoffrey Morris (guitar)

ELISION Ensemble

The works of the British composer Brian Ferneyhough have been performed throughout the world. The compositions on this CD focus on the relationship between soloist and ensemble and the relationship of the music to tradition.

“Of these five splendidly performed items, the guitar duo No Time (at All) is perhaps the most approachable, in spite — or actually because — of the fact that the instruments are tuned a quarter-tone apart: a delicious wonkiness.” Sunday Times, 18th April 2010 ****

“These are very fine performances, beautifully captured. It would be invidious to single out any of the soloists, all of whom acquit themselves handsomely; but perhaps the two guitarists deserve special mention nonetheless...even amid lively competition this new recording has something special to offer.” Gramophone Magazine, July 2010

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - July 2010

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A Portrait of Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart

A Portrait of Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart


La Déploration de Johannes Ockeghem

Absalon Fili Mi

O virgo virginum

Miserere mei, Deus


Missa Brevis


dt 31,6



Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, Manfred Schreier

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Arditti String Quartet: Gifts and Greetings

Arditti String Quartet: Gifts and Greetings

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For Arditti Quartet


iv 13a


Hoquetus Irvinius


Caprice 13

Clarke, James:

String Quartet No. 3



Haas, G F:



Small River in Distance


The Weaver's Knot

Paredes, H:

Hacia una bitácora capilar




In Verbundenheit


Stringendo (Zugabe für Emil Breisach)


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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Bjørn Fongaard: Galaxe

Bjørn Fongaard: Galaxe


Renvoi-Shards for 1/4-tone tone guitar and 1/4-tone vibraphone (2010)


Inventions for 1/4-tone guitar, Op. 32 (1964)

Concertinos (3) for 1/4-tone guitar and percussion, Op. 36 (1964)

Reflections (5) for 1/4-tone guitar and voice, Op. 33 (1964)

Sonata No. 1 for microinterval guitar, Op. 48 (1971)

Sonata No. 2 for microinterval guitar, Op. 58 (1975)

Moe, O H:

KRAV for electric guitar and microtonal percussion (2007)

Anders Førisdal (electric and acoustic 1/4-tone guitars, voice), Eirik Raude (percussion), Håkon Stene (percussion)

On this 2-CD set Norwegian guitarist Anders Førisdal performs a selection of works by the internationally acclaimed composer Bjørn Fongaard (1919-1980), who was himself an outstanding performer on the guitar.

The disc also includes music by three other major figures of the latter part of the 20th and first part of the 21st centuries, Brian Ferneyhough, Øyvind Torvund, and Ole-Henrik Moe, all of which were commissioned by Anders Førisdal to explore the techniques developed by Fongaard.

Førisdal is joined on several of the pieces by the percussionists Håkon Stene and Eirik Raude. Norwegian composer Bjørn Fongaard’s works have attained a special place on the international contemporary music scene. Quarter-note scales, unique performance techniques on the electric guitar in combination with overdubs have fascinated composers and musicians alike. For several years guitarist Anders Førisdal has submerged himself in the innovative playing techniques and notation to be found in the scores of Fongaard, and based on this intense exploration he is now releasing the very first interpretation of these unusual scores.

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Brian Ferneyhough - Choral Works

Brian Ferneyhough - Choral Works


Missa Brevis

The Doctrines of Similarity

Two Marian Motets

Stelae for Failed Time (parts 1-5)

“The interpretative standard of these performances is uniformly high, as is the quality and presence of the sound recording; but in "Stelae" the results are exceptional: the individual voices are more distinctly audible and their interventions are still more characterful in shape and in weight. The blending of voices and electronic media is also finely judged.” Gramophone Magazine, August 2007

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Brian Ferneyhough: Music for Flute

Brian Ferneyhough: Music for Flute


Four Miniatures

Cassandra's Dream Song

Unity Capsule


Carceri d'Invenzione IIb


Kolbeinn Bjarnason (flute) and Valgerdur Andrésdóttir (piano)

This recording presents the complete flute music of the British composer, Brian Ferneyhough. These remarkable compositions set a new standard for flute players–one that requires the comprehension of a highly developed notation which present technical complexities that have no equal in the world of classical flute music. The performances on this CD are approved by the composer (a rarity!) who worked for several years with Icelandic flute virtuoso Kolbeinn Bjarnason on the interpretation of these compositions. The music ranges from the ear-opening Superscriptio for piccolo to the incredibly sensual Mnemosyne, for bass flute solo, with 8 bass flutes accompanying. Ferneyhough's reputation for writing the impossible is dispelled by the concentrated musicality of Bjarnason's uncommonly fine flute playing.

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Darmstadt Aural Documents, Box 4

Darmstadt Aural Documents, Box 4



Un-fini III for piano

Ermis Theodorakis (piano)


Conversation X for prepared piano and speaking

Reto Staub (piano/speaker)


Kubiniana, Op. 13 (1946)

Peter Stadlen (piano)


Pasaka/ein Märchen for speaking pianist

Benjamin Kobler (piano /speaker)


die Haut Anderer

Rei Nakamura (piano)

Barlow, C:

Orchideae Ordinariae, or The Twelfth Root of Truth: No. 5 L’orchidée d’argent

Orchideae Ordinariae, or The Twelfth Root of Truth: No. 7 Pandora

…until… Version 5

Kristi Becker (piano)


Piano Sonata, BB 88, Sz. 80

Andor Foldes (piano)


Etudes d’après Piranèse

Claude Helffer (piano)


Piano Sonata No. 1

Erika Haase (piano)

Piano Sonata No. 3

Pierre Boulez (piano)


La Morte di Fedra

Yvar Mikhashoff (piano)


Inizio di movimento

Niccolò Castiglioni (piano)

Clementi, A:

Composizione, No. 1

Aloys Kontarsky (piano)


Thymes for quarter-tone piano and tape

Martine Joste (piano)


Cadenza, Op. 23

Else Stock-Hug (piano)

Evangelisti , F:

proiezioni sonore

David Tudor (piano)



Edward Lambert (piano)



Cecil Lytle (piano)

Ferrari, Luc:

Visage I

Else Stock-Hug (piano)


Klavierstück No. 3 - Passacaglia brevis

Ortwin Stürmer (piano)


Tap for prepared piano and live electronics

Oscar Pizzo (piano), Alessandro Pianu & Suyun Kim (live electronics)


An Tasten (1977)

Aloys Kontarsky (piano)



Aloys Kontarsky (piano)


Klavierstück Nr. 7 - Phantasie-Paraphrase

Siegfried Mauser (piano)


faire signe for automatic piano and loudspeaker


Identikit (Divertimento) for five pianists (at one piano) and tapes

David Arden, Marek Mietelski, Davide Mosconi, Carlos Pellegrino, Werner Füsser (piano)


Klavierstücke (8), Op. 3

Andor Losonczy (piano)


Echo andante (1962)

Helmut Lachenmann (piano)

Lang, K:

Der schlafende Landmann, der Baum des Lebens und die Schalen der Finsternis

Bernhard Wambach (piano)

Mack, D:

Chedi - Klavierstück No. 5

Kaya Han (piano)


Trois pièces brêves pour piano à tiers de ton

Martine Joste (piano)



Nicolas Hodges (piano)


Thema mit 840 Variationen

Anna D’Errico (piano)


Drawing with an Angel

Pi-Hsien Chen (piano)


Klavierstück No. 5 'Tombeau'

Herbert Henck (piano)

Rothman, D:

Play the Piano Drunk Like a Percussion Instrument until the Fingers Begin to Bleed a Bit

Bernhard Wambach (piano)

Saunders, J:


Nicolas Hodges (piano)


Kleine Klavierstücke (6), Op. 19

Eduard Steuermann (piano)

Klavierstücke (5), Op. 23

Peter Stadlen (piano)


Prima Sonata (1976)

Peter Schmalfuss (piano)

Due Notturni crudeli

Nicolas Hodges (piano)


From my diary

Howard Lebow (piano)



Ellen Ugelvik (piano), two assistants (members of asamisimasa)


Labile Aktion

Peter Roggenkamp (piano)


Klavierstück XI

David Tudor (piano)

Klavierstück XIII - Luzifers Traum

Bernhard Wambach (piano)

Tanaka, Y:

eco lontanissima II

Massimiliano Damerini (piano)


Variations, Op. 27

Peter Stadlen (piano)


Passacaglia, Op. 23

David Tudor (piano)



Aloys Kontarsky (piano)

Zimmermann, B A:

Enchiridion for Piano: Part 2

Yvonne Loriod (piano)


Matrix for player piano and electronics

Celebrating the history of the Darmstadt Festival, this 7 CD box set is dedicated to the performances of all the pianists who have performed over the years.

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Donaueschinger Musiktage 2008, Volumes 1-3

Donaueschinger Musiktage 2008, Volumes 1-3



Klangforum Wien, Emilio Pomárico



Meira Asher (voice), Martin Winkler (voice), Dror Feiler (laptop/live electronics)

Klangforum Wien, Rolf Gupta



Ensemble Modern, Frank Ollu


Beine und Strümpfe

Klangforum Wien, Emilio Pomárico

Haddad, S:

The Sublime

Ensemble Modern, Frank Ollu

Herrmann, A:

Fiktive Tänze

Ensemble Modern, Frank Ollu

Johnston, Ben:

Quintet for Groups

SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, Sylvain Cambreling


Cire perdue

Klangforum Wien, Emilio Pomárico


Ich und Du

Thomas Larcher (piano)

SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, Pierre Boulez


Die Tänzerin - Symphonie V

SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, Sylvain Cambreling



SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, Pierre Boulez

The promoters of this event posed the question “One hundred years of New Music – so what now?” This CD set demonstrates the variety in their musical responses to the question.

All world premiere recordings

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