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GAME OVER - Roman Mints, violin - Wors for Violin & Electronics

GAME OVER - Roman Mints, violin - Wors for Violin & Electronics-Violin-Electronic
ID: QTZ2010 (EAN: 880040201021)  | 1 CD | DDD
Released in: 2005
Quartz Records
BASHMET, Ksenia (piano) | MINTS, Roman (violin) | YAKUBOV, Timur (oboe)
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A remarkable album of works written specially for the celebrated Russian violinist Roman Mints. Technical virtuosity and state-of-the-art electronic manipulation combine to produce a startling, atmospheric and highly original CD.

Game Over
Several years ago I met Artem Vassiliev, a Russian composer who writes both acoustic and electronic music. He introduced me to the world of electroacoustic music. Having listened to various electronic compositions I felt that despite some very interesting sounds and textures, an important element was missing. I realised that this "something" was a live human voice or an equivalent - a violin, for example. I commissioned Artem to write a piece for violin and tape for me. The result of our collaboration was Story I, which I first performed in Purcell Room during my Park Lane Group New Year Series recital. Soon after, another Russian composer Alexander Raikhelson wrote a piece for two violins and tape for the Homecoming Festival, of which I am the Co-Director. At that time, this kind of music was beginning to interest me more and more, so I decided to make this album. I contacted Irish composer Ed Bennett, whose "You Are Always Right" for voice and tape had impressed me deeply. He contributed two very contrasting pieces for the programme. Taras Buevsky, yet another Russian composer, wrote Largo Recitare, a dark and philosophical piece of music. Artem Vassiliev wrote the last piece, Game Over, for the fourth Homecoming Festival. I suggested to Artem, that the piece should start as any normal chamber music would and the tape should start only in the Coda, so it would be a complete surprise for the audience. What resulted was one of Artem's "hits", a piece which is still one of his most successful works.
I am most thankful to everybody who invested their time and talent into making of this recording, which has helped me realise a childhood dream, because this is probably as close as I will ever get to being a rock musician!
BENNETT, Ed (b.1975) 
1. Sometimes in Rains7:45 
VASSILIEV, Artem (b.1974) 
2. Story 110:40 
RAIKHELSON, Alexander (b.1969) 
3. Criptophonic Piece9:20 
BENNETT, Ed (b.1975) 
4. String Factory12:36 
BUEVSKY, Taras (b.1957) 
5. Largo Recitare6:45 
VASSILIEV, Artem (b.1974) 
6. Game Over10:53 


“Roman Mints is the main player in this collection, looking mean and moody on the booklet cover, and producing some soulful music along the way. But there's real commitment in all the playing, and strikingly clear sound.”
BBC Music Magazine **** January 2006

"In its use of solo violin and electronics, Game Over is a virtuoso album."
The Wire

"Mints is to be commended for such an enterprising disk, recorded with pristine clarity and aided by informative notes. I look forward to hearing more from this source."

"...This is a really good album. The music is moody, but not overly so. It is experimental while staying approachable...It should appeal to a broad variety of listeners. The generation raised on video games, movies and television will find this a brand of instrumental music that seems relevant to today’s world. It is, quite possibly, a harbinger of the future of classical music."

"... his playing is the star of the show. His conviction and sensitivity make a case for violinist as moody film hero, beneath a streetlamp and tuggling on a cigarette."
The Strad


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