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Chamber Music, page 202

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Gérard Grisey - Le Temps et l'Écume

Gérard Grisey - Le Temps et l'Écume
ID: KAI0012752
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Chamber Music
Subcollection: Chamber Ensemble

1 - Ensemble S / WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln - Emilio Pomarico, conductor / Benjamin Kobler, Paulo Alvares, synthesizers
2 - 6 Schola Heidelberg - Walter Nussbaum, conductor

As the co-founder of spectral music Gérard Grisey moves within a cosmos of partial tones and harmonics, he discloses the secrets of the interior of sound. In a momentous way this is shown inside his music, which acts always in a world between modern technology and poetry.
Sometimes Grisey analyses the different temporal structures of perception of humans, whales and insects or he generates his love songs out from the phonetical basic material. (Martina Seeber)

Includes booklet with text by Martina Seeber and Gérard Grisey
16.00 eur Temporarily out of stock

Johannes Kalitze - Vier Toteninseln. Six Covered Settings.

Johannes Kalitze - Vier Toteninseln. Six Covered Settings.
ID: KAI0012702
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subcollection: Voices and Orchestra

Stadler Quartett:
Frank Stadler, violin / Izso Bajusz, violin / Predrag Katanic, viola / Peter Sigl, cello

The stadler quartet was founded in Salzburg in 1992 by the Mozarteum Orchestra´s current concert master, Frank Stadler. The quartet´s members (Frank Stadler, Izso Bajusz, Predrag Katanic, and Peter Sigl) are also members of the renowned Österreichisches Ensemble für Neue Musik (oenm, or Austrian Ensemble for Contemporary Music).

Together, they form the core of the versatile ensemble, which performs a wide range of music but is particularly committed to contemporary music. The stadler quartet has likewise made it their goal to devote themselves to the preparation and study of contemporary works, including the most recent compositions. Since its founding they premiered around 150 works, many dedicated to them.

The repertoire also includes the key works and the standard repertoire of the 20th-century. However, the basis of their music-making remains the great works of the classical and romantic string-quartet tradition. This diversity has earned the quartet an excellent reputation on the concert stage, well beyond specialist circles.

The quartet greatly values their on-going collaboration with contemporary composers, including George Crumb, Helmut Lachenmann, György Kurtág, Johannes Kalitzke, Peter Ruzicka, Jörg Widmann and Chaya Czernowin. The quartet´s appearance in the Salzburger Festival and their numerous concerts and concert series in Salzburg ("ASPEKTE" festival, among others) serve to demonstrate yet again the quality of the quartet and their esteem in the eyes of the public and music circles.

One of the highpoints in the stadler quartet's career was their spectacular execution of Karlheinz Stockhausen's Helicopter Quartet in the Salzburg Festival.

The Four have toured Holland, the Czech Republic, Germany, Slovenia, Norway, Italy, Japan, Korea and Brasil.

The stadler quartet received the prize for "Neues Hören" or "New Listening" from the International Summer Academy of the Mozarteum .

In 2005, the stadler quartet interpretated (in image and sound) Steve Reich´s work "Different Trains" for a documentary film about Betty Freeman.

The “Four Islands of the Dead” are musical “over-paintings” of “Four Serious Songs” by Johannes Brahms; a work of his later years, songs of consolation for the growing certainty, increasingly personal, of his insight into the transient nature of earthly existence. These songs are like places on a shore made safe by biblical texts, from which one glimpses a dark space, the space of the here-and-now. The idea of a hereafter in the course of modern history, with its progressive centuries-long tendency to secularisation, has become more and more diffuse, so that the phenomenon of death at present is often now entirely repressed; a facade of outwardly life-affirming diversions displaces the view to that area outside one‘s personal experience of time. Böcklin‘s “Islands of the Dead” is a suitable comparison here: what lies hidden beyond the shores of the island, behind silence and darkness, is no longer a question of faith, but has come much more a matter of imagination, of fantasy. The essential subject-matter is invisible.

Includes booklet with text by Johannes Kalitzke
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Isabel Mundry - Dufay-Bearbeitungen . Traces des Moments . Sandschleifen

Isabel Mundry - Dufay-Bearbeitungen . Traces des Moments . Sandschleifen
ID: KAI0012642
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Chamber Music
Subcollection: Chamber Ensemble

Isabel's music doesn't evade making the process of its genesis audible, if not the doubts and hesitations during composition, then the traces of ways of deciding, which in their complexity form the special identity of her world of sound. We are not dealing with constructed music, triumphant algorithms conjuring up at any cost the plummet of incontestable certainties. On the contrary this is about the constant invention of certitudes to which the music lends its ear in coming into being, which accepts that a brief-sounding space of time can convey a vaster space of time and its decisions, and bring forth just that unique music adapted to the context of history - our history.
(Brice Pauset)

Includes booklet with text by Isabel Mundry and Brice Pauset
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Helmut Lachenmann - Streichquartette - String Quartets

Helmut Lachenmann - Streichquartette - String Quartets
ID: KAI0012662
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subcollection: String instruments

“The three quartets provide a commentary on each other and the time in which they were composed. Gran Torso has something of an investigation about it, of a broaching, of forays into critical new land. Reigen designates the sounds and techniques of two very different regions. Grido gains a new expressiveness- the land of music is freely praised and celebrated, although never without reflexive refraction or arousing disturbance. In the Choral at the end comes a sharp crack, a bark, before the music collapses.”
(Martin Kaltenecker)

Includes booklet with texts by Martin Kaltenecker
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Bernhard Gander - Bunny Games

Bernhard Gander - Bunny Games
ID: KAI0012682
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Chamber Music
Subcollection: Chamber Ensemble

...it's hot, eight o'clock in the evening, i'm tired and thirsty. i've worked enough for today. i take a look at the television programme and the dj line-up for the night scene and decide to let the evening end in a bar. ispruce myself up, leave my apartment and head for the bar area. already from far away i hear the low bass of techno music. my steps quicken, i reach the bar and open the door. thick waves of smoke hit me in the face. it is dim,the glaring lights flicker to the rhythm of the music. i get myself a beer and let myself be dazed by the strong beat of the music and pulled on to the dance floor. a few hours and drinks later i leave the place elated. from far away i still hear the pulse of the music continuing and...
(from fluc`n`flex)


Includes booklet with texts by Daniel Ender, Axel Petri and Bernhard Gander
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Pintscher, Matthias : En sourdine Tenebrae. Reflections on Narcissus

Pintscher, Matthias : En sourdine Tenebrae. Reflections on Narcissus
ID: KAI0012582
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Chamber Music
Subcollection: Chamber Ensemble

The composer as echo sounder - that is a lovely and perhaps truly appropriate image for Matthias Pintscher’s work of recent years. He has left behind the often cited and well-trod “power of the poetic”, the “imaginary theatre” of the 1990s, and turned to new ways of posing problems, to circles interested in association and inspiration, which is why the introduction of the text appears initially perhaps somewhat idiosyncratic but on second glance is most definitely located at the actual focus of interest. The dark room full of shimmering grey, the gradual groping one’s way, various levels of indeterminacy - Matthias Pintscher’s coordinates are “space” and “colour.” Composing in chromatic values has largely displaced narrative, what was previously applied with a rather forceful stroke, in the new works is noticeably finer, reduced, simplified in the sense that the complex is more transparent, but does not seem less intricate. (Thomas Schäfer)

Includes booklet with text by Thomas Schäfer
16.00 eur Temporarily out of stock

Helmut Lachenmann - Allegro Sostenuto, Serynade

Helmut Lachenmann - Allegro Sostenuto, Serynade
ID: KAI0012212
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Chamber Music
Subcollection: Piano and Cello

...this is the first recording of the recently completed piano piece Serynade, - the special feature: Helmut Lachenmann composed it for Yukiko Sugawara, the performer on this CD - the piano sound is kept alive, worked and shaped, to stop the sound from fading and thus to stop time itself.
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Gérard Grisey: Solo Pour Deux / Ernesto Molinari

Gérard Grisey: Solo Pour Deux / Ernesto Molinari
ID: KAI0012502
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subcollection: Clarinet

I - that sacred time:
Cut to pieces by the media, drowned in over-information, measured in this age of zapping and clips, this time, the time which Bataille called ‘sacred’, the time of Art, Love and Creativeness, the instant when something unprecedented happens, can only be preserved by the artist if he completely resists this late 20th century environment. Paradoxically, however, these are precisely the rhythms which feed and inspire him. This is the only world which calls forth his questions. And so, the response to this discontinued flood of information will be a music finding its unity and continuity. Its wintry slowness will be the reversed echo of a stress-ridden world rushing towards its end.
II - Zwitschermaschine:
Think of whales, men and birds. When you hear the songs of the whales, they are so spaced out that what sounds like a gigantic, drawn-out and endless moan is perhaps only one consonant to them. This means that it is impossible to perceive their speech with our constant of time. Similarly, when we hear a bird sing, our impression is that it sounds very high-pitched and agitated. for its constant of time is much shorter than ours. It is difficult for us to perceive its subtle variations of timbre, while it may perceive us, perhaps, as we perceive the whales. (Gérard Grisey)

Includes booklet with text by Gérard Grisey and Wolfgang Hofer
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Benjamin Schmid / Anthony Spiri: J.S. Bach: Six Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord

Benjamin Schmid / Anthony Spiri: J.S. Bach: Six Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord
ID: OC248
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Subcollection: Violin

* Sebastian Hess, cello
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Shura Cherkassky - The Complete HMV Stereo Recordings

Shura Cherkassky - The Complete HMV Stereo Recordings
ID: FHR04
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Collection: Chamber Music
Subcollection: Piano

Like many other artists, the great Russian pianist Shura Cherkassky fled from what became Soviet Russia and settled in the USA. A student of Josef Hoffman, Cherkassky is considered by many critics to be the last great Romantic pianist. This release from the brand-new First Hand Records label is published to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Cherkassky's birth. Most of the tracks here are issued in stereo for the first time and many have never before appeared on CD. This set, which features over two hours of music, is a significant historical classical piano release and provides a major boost to the limited Cherkassky discography currently available.

A 2CD set of Shura Cherkassky's complete and unpublished stereo recordings made for the HMV record label over 50 years ago. Remastered from the original stereo tapes, First Hand Records released the recordings in May 2009, the majority of which have appear for the first time in any format.
Recorded in 1956 & 1958 at Abbey Road Studios, London and remastered there in 2009. The set spans over 400 years of keyboard repertoire, from Bach to Poulenc.

Recorded in Abbey Road Studio No. 3, London, 1956 & 1958, and Kingsway Hall, London, 1958 (Litolff Scherzo)

INTERNATIONAL PIANO MAGAZINE AWARD WINNER FOR BEST REISSUE/VINTAGE RELEASE OF 2009

Issue note:
Throughout his recording career, Cherkassky flirted with different record labels, never really settling with one company. His first recording for an EMI company was in 1929 (HMV) and the last, a recording of the Litolff Scherzo, in 1967 (New World Records). He was wary of the recording studio, feeling happier performing to an audience, which resulted in a comparatively limited discography. Cherkassky was probably at his peak in the mid to late 1950s, just as his career began to accelerate in the UK. These HMV recordings, made in 1956 and 1958, contain some of the earliest EMI stereo recordings, when the technology was still at an experimental stage (EMI introduced twin-track 7.5 ips stereosonic tapes in 1955, followed in 1958 by stereophonic LPs). Quite often, these stereo recordings suffered from technical problems, including equipment failure, which resulted in many recordings not even making it to tape. Some EMI recording sessions from this period were taped in both mono and stereo concurrently, including these Cherkassky recordings. Only the mono versions were intended for immediate release as the equipment for playing stereo LPs was not yet widely available. Indeed, the majority of the tracks on this CD release have only ever been published in their mono versions. The Chopin works, apart from Ballade No. 3, was released on stereosonic tape in 1957 and the Litolff Scherzo appeared in 1963 on a stereo LP entitled “An Evening at the Proms”.

The recordings on this CD issue were made at Abbey Road Studios, London (Litolff Scherzo was recorded in Kingsway Hall, London) and remastered there in 2009 using the original EMI stereo source tapes. These tapes had been left dormant in the EMI archive for over 50 years, alongside masses of other unpublished stereo recordings from this era, which still remain untouched.
The preservation of the piano’s natural acoustic sound was a vital part of the remastering process. With this in mind, we chose not to make an issue of removing the audible hiss that is present on the tapes, to avoid diminishing the acoustic depth and dynamic range of the piano.

Although remembered mainly for his performances of romantic repertoire, Cherkassky had wide-ranging and sometimes idiosyncratic tastes in programming. Alongside standard repertoire, he was also known to perform music by Boulez, Stockhausen, Ligeti and even performed boogie-woogie! This CD release illustrates this diversity of style in a mixture of musical bonbons, warhorses and encore works spanning three centuries. Cherkassky’s trademark lyricism, his exciting unpredictability and his dazzling virtuosity are in abundance throughout this significant historical issue. This is a significant addition to the Cherkassky discography.
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