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CD ECM Records Kim Kashkashian - Olivero / Mansurian / Steinberg: Neharot

2009

Kim Kashkashian - viola
Robyn Schulkowsky - percutie
Tigran Mansurian - pian
Jana Kuss - vioara
Oliver Wille - vioara
William Coleman - viola
Felix Nickel - violoncel

Münchener Kammerorchester, dirijor Alexander Liebreich
Boston Modern Orchestra Project , dirijor Gil Rose

There’s probably never been a more fascinating viola recording. Most of the music has been written in the last six years, often by middle-aged composers with substantial personalities… One is Betty Olivero, an Israeli who wrote the disc’s title piece… It’s a wonderfully dreamy, collagelike piece, tough, with a clear trajectory in its brooding viola writing, odd but eloquent accordion writing, and tapes of voices singing in welters of Mideast microtones. There’s so much in it that any given listening is going to be a unique and personal dialogue with where you’re at that day. [ David Patrick Stearns, The Philadelphia Inquirer ]

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Contemporana

Pret: 70          

CD ECM Records Shai Maestro: The Dream Thief

2018

Shai Maestro - pian
Jorge Roeder - contrabas
Ofri Nehemya - tobe

The first ECM leader date for Shai Maestro (following his label debut with Theo Bleckmann on Elegy) features the gifted pianist fronting his superlative trio with fellow Israeli Ofri Nehemya on drums and Peruvian bassist Jorge Roeder, and also playing alone. A solo interpretation of Matti Caspi’s “My Second Childhood” opens the curtain on a programme of characteristically thoughtful Maestro originals, each one with a story to tell. “Hearing the Shai Maestro Trio is like awakening to a new world”, All About Jazz has suggested.

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Jazz

Pret: 70          

CD ECM Records Vijay Iyer, Wadada Leo Smith: A Cosmic Rhythm With Each Stroke

2016

Vijay Iyer - pian, Fender Rhodes, electronice
Wadada Leo Smith - trompeta

A trumpet/piano duo is a tough call, but the two operate with a charismatic delicacy and subtle force. The centrepiece is a largely improvised seven-part suite dedicated to Indian visual artist Nasreen Mohamedi. Smith’s tone and phrasing often reflect mid-period Miles Davis, but he blends free jazz into those resources with a unique poetic focus. Long high squeals and tumbling unfold over Iyer’s humming electronics, a bright brass fanfare soars over a chordal rumble, and a lamenting muted-trumpet descent invokes ‘Sketches of Spain’. Iyer mostly functions as a discreet foil, but this intimate conversation swells from interesting to enthralling as it unfolds. [ John Fordham, The Guardian ]

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Jazz

Pret: 70          

CD ECM Records Hilliard Ensemble - Walter Frye

1993

The Hilliard Ensemble

David James - contratenor
Rogers Covey-Crump - tenor
John Potter - tenor
Gordon Jones - bariton

This early ECM New Series offering chronicles the music of Walter Frye, a 15th-century English composer whose biographical details are as elusive as his music is captivating. He is survived by a significant handful of vocal works, of which the Hilliard Ensemble gives us a thoughtful cross section. [ ecmreviews ]

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Clasica

Pret: 70          

CD ECM Records Hilliard Ensemble: A Hilliard Songbook - New Music For Voices

1996

The Hilliard Ensemble :

Rogers Covey-Crump - tenor
John Potter - tenor
David James - contratenor
Gordon Jones - bariton

Barry Guy - contrabas

The Hilliard Ensemble interpret new works for vocal ensemble. Many of the pieces presented have been written specifically for the ensemble. Includes the music of Arvo Pärt, James McMillan, Morton Feldman and Ivan Moody. 'Britain's Hilliard Ensemble dares to stitch together threads of traditions from medieval, postmodern and post-minimalist sources, while avoiding trivialities. The quartet maneuvers with a commanding collective voice, enriched by dynamic sensitivity and masterful way with inflection.' [ Los Angeles Times ]

  • Numar discuri: 2
  • Gen muzica: Contemporana

Pret: 105          

CD ECM Records Hilliard Ensemble: Lassus

1998

The Hilliard Ensemble :

David James - contratenor
Rogers Covey-Crump - tenor
John Potter - tenor
Gordon Jones - bariton

Europe's foremost exponents of early music perform two of the most important works of the central figure of 16th century Flemish polyphony, Orlando di Lasso. Inspired musicianship, interpretive imagination and ECM's fabled sound quality combine to make this the essential Lassus reference disc for now and for years to come.

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Clasica

Pret: 70          

CD ECM Records Hilliard Ensemble - Stephen Hartke: Tituli / Cathedral In The Trashing Rain

2005

The Hilliard Ensemble
David James Countertenor
Rogers Covey-Crump Tenor
Steven Harrold Tenor
Andreas Hirtreiter Tenor
Gordon Jones Baritone
Michelle Makarski Violin
Lynn Vartan Percussions
Javier Diaz Percussions

American composer Stephen Hartke, born in 1952, deserves to be heard in the UK and beyond. His postmodern scores, drawing deep from the well of plainsong and also inspired by poetic and visual imagery, are strikingly original, as this revelatory disc from ECM proves from the off. Tituli changes the mood with lightning speed, moving from monkish incantations to wild outbursts and back again. The seven-movement work for male voices, violin and percussion sets ancient Roman texts in Old Latin, including shop signs and epitaphs. Cathedral in the Thrashing Rain translates Japanese poet Takamura Kotaro’s evocative impressions of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris into music that you can almost touch and smell. [ Andrew Stewart, Music Week ]

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Contemporana

Pret: 70          

CD ECM Records Hilliard Ensemble - Nicolas Gombert: Missa Media Vita In Morte Sumus

2004

The Hilliard Ensemble
David James Counter-Tenor
Rogers Covey-Crump Tenor
Steven Harrold Tenor
Andreas Hirtreiter Tenor
Gordon Jones Baritone
Robert Macdonald Bass

Nicolas Gombert: 16th-century, born in Flanders, a leading musical figure in Spain at Emperor Charles V’s court… For 400 years his music slumbered, but specialist choirs such as the bold and peerless Hilliard Ensemble are now getting drunk on his vocal counterpoint. Very intoxicating. Music that lifts the spirit and gives no hiding place to performers. Not that the Hilliards need one. [ Geoff Brown, The Times ]

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Clasica

Pret: 70          

CD ECM Records Alfred Schnittke: Symphony No. 9 / Alexander Raskatov: Nunc Dimittis

2009

The Hilliard Ensemble
Elena Vassilieva Mezzo-Soprano
David James Countertenor
Steven Harrold Tenor
Rogers Covey-Crump Tenor
Gordon Jones Baritone
Dresdner Philharmonie
Dennis Russell Davies Conductor


Alfred Schnittke: Symphony No. 9
Alexander Raskatov: Nunc Dimittis - In Memoriam Alfred Schnittke

Composed shortly before his death in 1998, Schnittke’s ultimate symphony – actually his very last work – is a “Ninth” in a most unusual sense: Put down with a shaky left hand by an artist who had survived four strokes and was laterally debilitated, it is an impressive triumph of spiritual energy over physical constraints. The composer’s widow Irina treated the barely-legible manuscript as a testament and was long doubtful whom to entrust with the difficult task of deciphering and reconstructing the highly expressive three movements for large orchestra (some 38 minutes of music). She finally settled on Moscow-born Alexander Raskatov, who not only provided a thorough score but, convinced that Schnittke had intended to write a fourth movement, also developed the idea to add an independent epilogue, the “Nunc Dimitis” (“Lord, let thy servant now depart into thy promis'd rest”) for mezzo soprano, vocal quartett and orchestra. It is based on the famous text by orthodox monk Starets Siluan and on verses by Joseph Brodsky, Schnittke’s favourite poet.

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Contemporana

Pret: 70          

CD ECM Records Rosamunde Quartett, Hilliard Ensemble - Boris Yoffe: Song Of Songs

2011

Rosamunde Quartett
The Hilliard Ensemble
Andreas Reiner Violin
Diane Pascal Violin
Helmut Nicolai Viola
Anja Lechner Violoncello
David James Countertenor
Rogers Covey-Crump Tenor
Steven Harrold Tenor
Gordon Jones Baritone

Boris Yoffe’s “Song of Songs” is equally extraordinary, a selection of daily compositions for string quartet. […] A calming and enriching experience, this CD was make for unusually satisfying listening and represents ECM at its best. Highly recommended to explorer listeners who don’t seek just facile excitement. [ Peter Grahame Woolf, Musical Pointers ]

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Contemporana

Pret: 70          

CD ECM Records Hilliard Ensemble: Il Cor Tristo

2012

The Hilliard Ensemble :

David James - contratenor
Rogers Covey-Crump - tenor
Steven Harrold - tenor
Gordon Jones - bariton

Nothing sums up the bold apparoach to repertoire better than this CD which mixes Italian Renaissance madrigals with Roger Marsh’s 2008 vocal work ‘Il Cor Tristo’ – setting parts of Dante’s ‘Inferno’ to austere chanted chords from which single voices break out. Grim words; haunting music; masterly performance. [ Richard Morrsison, The Times ]

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Contemporana

Pret: 70          

CD ECM Records Tigran Hamasyan: Luis I Luso

2015

Tigran Hamasyan Piano, Prepared Piano
Yerevan State Choir
Harutyun Topikyan Conductor

Arranged by Hamasyan, the pieces date from the 5th to the 20th centuries and are sung by a 23-strong choir in an earthily passionate liturgical style. The role of the piano is vital: sometimes introducing a theme, sometimes improvising around it, Hamasyan uses the characteristic, Eastern-hued Armenian modes to summon up an ancient world. It’s very different to Jan Garbarek and the Hilliard Ensemble’s million-selling ‘Officium’, but if you liked that, you’ll love this. [ Phil Johnson, Independent On Sunday ]

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Contemporana

Pret: 70          

CD ECM Records Anna Gourari - Bach, Hindemith, Gubaidulina: Canto Oscuro

Mai 2011 - Compozitori: Bach, Paul Hindemith, Sofia Gubaidulina

Anna Gourari - pian

When she won the 1994 Düsseldorf Shumann Competition she was thought to show ‘an almost mystical quality’ while the critic Harold Schonberg found her playing ‘free but never eccentric’. Much of this programme is contemplative but she’s nonetheless a powerful player in the counterbalancing Chaconnes: the inevitable Bach/Busoni and a dissonant one by Sofia Gubaidulina (very compelling). [...] The piano recording has real presence. [ Christopher Breunig, Hi-Fi News ]

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Contemporana

Pret: 70          

CD ECM Records Hilliard Ensemble - Thomas Tallis: The Lamentations Of Jeremiah

1987

The Hilliard Ensemble :

David James - contratenor
John Potter - tenor
Rogers Covey-Crump - tenor
Paul Hillier - barition
Michael George - bas

The Hilliard Ensemble have Tallis's Lamentations in their blood, and they have a precise feeling for the place of every gesture in the broader form. The earlier sections are restrained, with the passion mounting only gradually towards the final paragraphs 20 minutes later. This is fluid, carefully modulated, limpid singing of considerable control and an astonishing clarity (particularly considering that they read the music as at modern concert pitch, resulting in some extremely low textures).
But the true novelty here—for there are several other fine recordings of the Lamentations—is the four-voice Mass, which is surely Tallis's least obviously impressive work. Much of it is in simple four-part chords with hardly any imitation or variety of texture; so it presents something of a challenge which the Hilliards accept with infectious enthusiasm. [ Gramophone ]

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Clasica

Pret: 70          

CD ECM Records Konstantia Gourzi: Music For Piano And String Quartet

Iulie 2011

Lorenda Ramou, Heather Cottrell, Susanna Pietsch, Klaus-Peter Werani, Hanno Simons

Athens-born and Munich-based composer Konstantia Gourzi makes her ECM New Series label debut. “What historical voices commingle in the current idiom of a composer whose cultural roots lie in the birthplace of rhetoric, but who emigrated to take a musical apprenticeship in European constructivism?” asks Ingrid Allwardt in the liner notes. “What wordless airs, echoes of past ages, thread their way into the present day of her instrumental songs?” Music for piano and string quartet, supplies the answers. With the exception of the early „noch fürcht’ ich”, composed in 1993, all the music is of recent vintage. It includes a number of piano miniatures, pieces dedicated to Lachenmann, Kurtág, Raue, Abbado, Barenboim and Rexroth, two string quartets, and works for string quartet and piano. Pianist Lorenda Ramou and the Ensemble Coriolis deliver committed performances.

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Contemporana

Pret: 70          

CD ECM Records Arvo Part: Alina

1995
Vladimir Spivakov - vioara
Sergev Bezrodny - pian
Alexander Malter - pian
Dietmar Schwalke - violoncel

The problem here, if you can call it a problem, is a marked lack of musical 'activity'. Arvo Part eschews the bustle and restlessness of 'reality' in favour of space and relative quietness, and his music reflects that preference. Fur Alina is not minimalism in the sense of 'hypnotic repetition', but 50 minutes or so spent attending to a few simple but beautiful ideas. And who could argue with that? If complexity and busyness can be seen as valid musical options, then why not extreme simplicity?
What we have here is deceptively uncomplicated. Spiegel im Spiegel 'plays' with phrases that grow successively longer and hangs suspended in a major key. The shifts in emphasis and symmetry are subtle, but cumulatively telling. There are three versions of the piece, two for violin and piano and one for cello and piano, and all of them work well. [Gramophone ]

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Contemporana

Pret: 70          

CD ECM Records Arvo Part: Symphony No. 4

2010
Los Angeles Philharmonic, dirijor: Esa-Pekka Salonen
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, dirijor: Tonu Kaljuste

Premiere recordings of Arvo Pärt’s music belong on ECM New Series. This recording of the 4th Symphony – Pärt’s first symphonic work in more than 30 years - documents also the premiere concert performance at L.A.’s Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Before Pärt started work on the composition, his thoughts had been circling around texts related to guardian angels. Then he received the commission from Los Angeles, a city whose very name means 'the angels'. His decision to make the Canon of the Guardian Angel the foundation of the new piece was a foregone conclusion.

The 4th Symphony is augmented on disc by a new montage of “fragments” of Kanon Pokajanen, a piece which Pärt feels is closely related to the symphony. “To my mind, the two works belong together and form a stylistic unity.'

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Contemporana

Pret: 70          

CD ECM Records Arvo Part: Litany

1996
The Hilliard Ensemble
David James - contratenor
Rogers Covey-Crump - tenor
John Potter - tenor
Gordon Jones - bass
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Tallinn Chamber Orchestra
Tonu Kaljuste - dirijor
Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra
Saulius Sondeckis - dirijor

"Listening to Arvo Pärt's newest composition, Litany, is like walking alone in a vast, empty space. A deserted monastery, perhaps. History and stillness hang thick as incense in the air. Light from arched windows patterns the floor. Columns soar heavenward. These images are all in the imagination. But such is the power of Pärt's religious music that it inevitably sends listeners on an inward journey back in time." [ David Stabler, The Oregonia ]

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Contemporana

Pret: 70          

CD ECM Records Arvo Part: In Principio

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Tallinn Chamber Orchestra
Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
Tonu Kaljuste - dirijor

Pärt continues his sacred investigations with homegrown choir and orchestra
"His music fulfills a deep human need that has nothing to do with fashion," Steve Reich once said of his contemporary Arvo Pärt, Estonia's preeminent modern composer. Pärt’s earlier works were in a neo-classical mold; his later ones imbued minimalism with religious fervor. In Principio, which includes four new pieces and several revised older pieces, naturally falls in the latter camp. Pärt’s gaze penetrates the crease between earth and the heavens: Five compositions are settings of the book of John for chorus and orchestra; one is a requiem for late Estonian president Lennart Georg Meri, and one is for the victims of the 2004 Madrid train bombings. The “John” pieces are dominated by celestial voices and string-heavy musical accompaniment that moves fluently between ecstatic fanfare and vanishing solemnity. “Da Pacem Domine” is a standout—its voices flowing in undisturbed serenity—as is the sharply contrasting “La Sindone,” where trickling rivulets of strings periodically tumble into waterfall chords. [ Paste ]

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Contemporana

Pret: 70          

CD ECM Records Arvo Part: Lamentate

2005
Alexei Lubimov - pian
The Hilliard Ensemble :
Sarah Leonard - soprana
David James - contratenor
Rogers Covey-Crump - tenor
Stephen Harrold - tenor
Gordon Jones - baritone
SWR Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
Andrey Boreyko - dirijor

'Lamentate' is a lament not for the dead but the living, struggling with the pain and hopelessness of the world. After a subterranean rumble, a sorrowful fanfare makes way for an ascent of the solo piano keyboard, and a shuddering orchestral climax that sets the tolling of alarm bells against a Mahlerian funeral march. After the work that precedes it (the Hilliard Ensemble's performance of 'Da pacem Domine', a gently rocking prayer for peace) the effect is doubly shattering. Impressive performances, a seductive ECM recording, and works that no-one with an interest in contemporary art and music can afford to miss. [BBC Music ]

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Contemporana

Pret: 70          
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