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CD ECM Records Keller Quartett - Gyorgy Kurtag: Music Fur Streichinstrumente

1996

Andras Keller - vioara
Janos Pilz - vioara
Zoltan Gal - viola
Otto Kertesz - violoncel

The apparent heir of Anton Webern and Béla Bartók, György Kurtág shows his influences most directly in his works for string quartet. Yet Kurtág's abandonment of the standard quartet form -- a major consideration in the music of his predecessors -- permits him to freely explore timbres and techniques and for their own sakes, in lieu of thematic development and traditional structures. The most significant works on this disc are the String Quartet, Op. 1 (1959); the 12 Microludes (1977-1978); and the Officium breve in memoriam Andreae Szervánszky (1988-1989). [ AllMusic ]

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Clasica

Pret: 70          

CD ECM Records Kurtagonals

2009

Gyorgy Kurtag jr. - sintetizator
Laszlo Hortobagyi - sintetizator, computer
Miklos Lengyelfi - bas, efecte

György Kurtág Jr., son of the great Hungarian composer, has long been developing his own electronic music. In this unusual project, fellow composer László Hortobágyi integrates Kurtág themes into his own arrangements in a recording that celebrates a long friendship. “This is,” say the group members, “a Hortobágyi album about Kurtág,” as well as “an invitation to discover a new sphere of music”.

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Contemporana

Pret: 70          

CD ECM Records Rosamunde Quartett - Tigran Mansurian: String Quartets

2005

Rosamunde Quartet

Andreas Reiner - vioara
Simon Fordham - vioara
Helmut Nicolai - viola
Anja Lechner - violoncel


Both the first and second string quartets by the Lebanese-born Armenian composer Tigran Mansurian are predominantly slow and mournful pieces, each completed in 1984 and written in memory of a recently dead friend. The language is direct, but Mansurian is not of any formulaic minimalist school. Rather, his structures are built on a richness of harmony and melodic expression that allies him to late Beethoven. Both works – each cast in three movements – and the eloquent and dark single movement Testament … are played with miraculously sustained poise by the Rosamunde Quartet. [ Stephen Pettitt, Sunday Times ]

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Contemporana

Pret: 70          

CD ECM Records Tigran Mansurian: Ars Poetica

2006

Armenian Chamber Choir, dirijor Robert Mlkeyan

This is open, honest fare – no games, no gimmicks, no special effects. The musical expression of a poetic image is what engages the composer. Nothing else intrudes because nothing else matters. … The singing pays admirable homage to Mansurians’s music. The recording was made at a concert in an Armenian monastery and is rich and satisfying. [ Phil Greenfield, American Record Guide ]

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Contemporana

Pret: 70          

CD ECM Records Tigran Mansurian: Requiem

2017

Anja Petersen - soprana
Andrew Redmond - bariton
RIAS Kammerchor + Münchener Kammerorchester, dirijor Alexander Liebreich

Tigran Mansurian has created a Requiem dedicated to the memory of the victims of the Armenian Genocide that occurred in Turkey from 1915 to 1917. Co-commissioned by the Munich Chamber Orchestra and the RIAS Choir Berlin, Mansurian’s Requiem reconciles the sound and sensibility of his country’s traditions with those of Western practices, the combination of ancient Armenian religious and secular music with the Latin Requiem text “giving rise to something unexpected,” the composer says. This is profoundly moving contemporary composition, illuminated by the “glow of Armenian modality,” as Paul Griffiths puts it in his booklet essay. The work is a milestone for Mansurian, widely acknowledged as Armenia’s greatest composer. The Los Angeles Times has described his music as that “in which deep cultural pain is quieted through an eerily calm, heart-wrenching beauty.”

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Contemporana

Pret: 70          

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 - J.S. Bach: Morimur

2001

Christoph Poppen - vioara
The Hilliard Ensemble
Monika Mauch - soprana
David James - contratenor
John Potter - tenor
Gordon Jones - bariton

In music of the baroque era it was popular to use the medium of numbers for conveying secrets and riddles, and Bach studies have illuminated many new 'meanings' in his sacred works. Now 'Morimur' explores the coded references, and hidden messages in his solo violin music, opening a window on Bach's thought at a time when he was deeply affected by the sudden and tragic death of his wife, Maria Barbara, in 1720. Building on the research of Professor Helga Thoene, violinist Christoph Poppen and the Hilliard Ensemble have realised a unique project for ECM New Series: They offer a stunning experience by interweaving the verses of the 'hidden chorales' of the Ciaccona with Bach's harmonically complex violin part.

  • 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 - J. S. Bach: Motetten

2007

The Hilliard Ensemble
Joanne Lunn Soprano
Rebecca Outram Soprano
David James Countertenor
David Gould Countertenor
Steven Harrold Tenor
Rogers Covey-Crump Tenor, Organ
Gordon Jones Baritone
Robert Macdonald Bass

Working with an incredibly rich harmonic palette, the incisive articulation and collegial homogeneity which the ensemble achieves is remarkable. As one listens to the first section of “Singet dem Herrn” … the combination of terpsichorean grace with contrapuntal fluidity takes the breath away. Even by The Hilliard Ensemble’s elevated standards this is singing of quite extraordinary power. … Captured in the glorious acoustic of the Propstei St Gerold … the kaleidoscopic luminosity of these sui generis works brings the listener irrevocably closer to Bach’s genius. [ Peter Quinn, International Record Review ]

  • 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 - Prokofiev, Medtner, Chopin: Visions fugitives

2013

Sergey Prokofiev - Visions Fugitives Op. 22
Nikolay Medtner - Fairy Tale In F Minor Op. 26/3
Frederic Chopin - Sonata No. 3 In B Minor Op. 58

Anna Gourari - pian

Gourari triumphs on this program. She handles difficult technical parts with a speech-like continuity that flows the music wonderfully well. The Prokofiev has all the mystery and movement we could ask for. She understands his at times eccentric evocative moods and gives us a reading that glows with freshness. The Chopin has a weighted depth of feeling that neither under nor overplays the sentiments so nobly and fully, pianistically expressed. In every way Anna Gourari brings us her brilliant interpretive skills. The Prokofiev sings, the Chopin reverberates. A beautiful recital! [ Grego Applegate Edwards, Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review ]

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Clasica

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          
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