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CD ECM Records Reto Bieri: Contrechant - Music for Clarinet solo

2010

Reto Bieri - clarinet

Luciano Berio - Lied
Heinz Holliger - Contrechant
Salvatore Sciarrino - Let Me Die Before I Wake
Elliott Carter - Gra
Heinz Holliger - Rechant
Peter Eotvos - Derwischtanz
Gergely Vajda - Lightshadow - Trembling

Reto Bieri’s unaccompanied programme gets to the essence of each composer and actually feels the better fort he lack of busy counterpoint (e.g. in the case of Elliott Carter). And there is no risk of solo clarinet becoming insufficient; Bieri holds attention throughout with his beauty of tone and uncommon expressiveness with multiphonics, which can often feel gimmicky. A marvellous disc which takes clarinet playing to a new level. Highly recommended to explorer listeners who don’t seek just facile excitement. [ Peter Grahame Woolf, Musikal Pointers ]

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Contemporana


CD ECM Records Heinrich Schiff, Peter Eotvos - Friedriech Cerha / Franz Schreker

2003

Heinrich Schiff - violoncel
Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra, dirijor Peter Eotvos

Friedrich Cerha - Konzert Fur Violoncello Und Orchester
Franz Schreker - Kammersymphonie In Einem Satz

Cellist Heinrich Schiff delivers a transcendent performance of a cello concerto dedicated to him “in friendship” by Austria’s great composer Friedrich Cerha (born 1926). Cerha’s special combination of stylistic conviction and expressive diversity, much in evidence here, has been attributed to his intense involvement with the Second Vienna School (he is still best known for completing Act 3 of Berg’s ‘Lulu’) . Under Peter Eötvös’s direction the Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra explore the variegated textures of Cerha’s concerto and also the rich colours of the Chamber Symphony in One Movement by Franz Schreker (1878-1934).

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Contemporana


CD ECM Records Keller Quartett: Cantante E Tranquillo

2015

Zsofia Kornyei - vioara
Janos Pilz - vioara
Zoltan Gal - viola
Judit Szabo - violoncel
Otto Kertesz - violoncel
Alexei Lubimov - pian

In program: Beethoven, Ligeti, Bach, Kurtag, Schnittke, Knaifel

The Keller Quartett’s new recording is a collection of slow movements, recorded from 1995 to 2012. If that puts you in mind of those bloated compilations of yesteryear with titles like ‘Adagio’ and ‘Classical Relaxation,’ fear not: What violinist András Keller and ECM producer Manfred Eicher have created is a series of gestures in which, regardless of style or era, time is made to stand still. […] The final movement of Schnittke’s Piano Quintet (with Alexei Lubimov) is emblematic of the whole project: A lullaby-like theme is gradually layered with dissonance and a sense of tragedy, so that as it fades out, it seems drained of its innocence. It’s not unlike what happens when the Beethoven returns at the end. […] It’s the originality of its conception that makes this disc so worthwhile. [ David Weininger, Boston Sunday Globe ]

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Clasica


CD ECM Records Juliane Banse, Andras Keller - Gyorgy Kurtag: Kafka-Fragmente

2006

Juliane Banse - soprana
Andras Keller - vioara

Gyorgy Kurtag: Kafka-Fragmente, Op. 24

The hour-long Kafka-Fragments, completed in 1986, is his biggest work to date: it’s a characteristic cycle of 40 tiny movements, scored for soprano voice and violin, that adds up to something far greater than the sum of its parts. The text is a mosaic of quotations from Kafka’s writings, diaries and letters. The cycle is divided into four parts, articulated by the two longest movements; they draw a huge range of expression from soprano Juliane Banse and violinist András Keller. Banse’s nuances of vocal colouring are wonderfully subtle, while Keller can conjure up huge intensity from a single musical gesture. They show Kafka Fragments to be a quiet masterpiece of richness and emotional power. [ Andrew Clements, The Guardian ]

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Contemporana


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


CD ECM Records Kim Kashkashian, Robyn Schulkowsky: Hayren - Music Of Komitas And Tigran Mansurian

2003

Kim Kashkashian - viola
Robyn Schulkowsky - percutie
Tigran Mansurian - pian, voce

The bulk of this album comprises Mansurian’s adaptations of 12 of Komitas’s songs, and Mansurian’s love and respect shines from every one of his arrangements. In 1915 the Turkish administration sent Komitas to a prison camp. Released thanks to the intervention of the American ambassador and a distinguished Turkish poet, he was then committed to a psychiatric institution. His library of crucial research into early music was destroyed, but his significance as a link to the genesis of the modern nation and his importance as a re-discoverer of ancient traditions survived. The song arrangements and the two Mansurian compositions bracketing them convincingly and movingly conjure up the lost history. [ Barry Witherden, Gramophone ]

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Contemporana


CD ECM Records Kim Kashkashian, Kavakos, Garbarek, Hilliard Ensemble - Tigran Mansurian: Monodia

2004

Kim Kashkashian - viola
The Hilliard Ensemble
Leonidas Kavakos - vioara
Jan Garbarek - saxofon
Münchener Kammerorchester , dirijeaza Christoph Poppen

Kim Kashkashian’s advocacy of the music of Tigran Mansurian led to last year’s critically-acclaimed “Hayren” album. Now comes a fuller portrait of Armenia’s foremost composer. This double album, made with Mansurian’s participation, includes premiere recordings of works of the last decade, in which Kashkashian is variously joined by Christoph Poppen and the Munich Chamber Orchestra, Jan Garbarek, and the Hilliard Ensemble, while Leonidas Kavakos is the soloist in the 1981 Concert for Violin and Orchestra. An extraordinary cast, doing justice to extraordinary music. “Monodia” is certain to be a much-discussed recording

  • Numar discuri: 2
  • Gen muzica: Contemporana


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


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


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


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


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


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


CD ECM Records Hilliard Ensemble - Gesualdo: Tenebrae

1991

The Hilliard Ensemble :

David James - contratenor
Ashley Stafford - contratenor
John Potter - tenor
Rogers Covey-Crump - tenor
Mark Padmore - tenor
Paul Hillier - barition
David Beavan - bas

Gesualdo was wealthy enough that he never had to depend on a patron; he could therefore write whatever he pleased, in whatever, far-out (to this day), experimental style he chose. His Tenebrae Responsoria are particularly thorny--they're a part of the religious service in which the church's candles are extinguished one at a time until the congregation is sitting in darkness--and Gesualdo's music is incredibly deep and troubling. And, I might add, magnificent. The Hilliards perform them ideally, with great technical accuracy, a sense of the weightiness of the text and music, and simply beautiful sound. This is an example of what makes the Hilliards so special. [ Robert Levine ]

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Clasica


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


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


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


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


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


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


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