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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

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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

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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

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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

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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: The Symphonies

2018
NFM Wroclaw Philharmonic, dirijor Tonu Kaljuste

All four of Arvo Pärt’s symphonies, newly recorded with the NFM Wrocław Philharmonic under the direction his musical accomplice, Tõnu Kaljuste. Each of the symphonies, as the great Estonian composer has noted, is a world unto itself. Heard in chronological order they also tell us much about Pärt’s musical and spiritual journey, and the very different ways in which he has exercised his craft.

  • 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

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CD ECM Records Arvo Part: Orient Occident

2002
Helena Olsson - soprana
Swedish Radio Choir
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Tonu Kaljuste - dirijor

Some outstanding and thought-provoking works here, then, the quality of which outweigh the rather miserly playing time (especially at full price). The performances could hardly be better; Tönu Kaljuste is a long-time friend and interpreter of Pärt’s music (he was responsible for one of the composer’s best earlier releases on Virgin, Beatus vir). He coaxes playing of great warmth and intensity from his forces, and producer Manfred Eicher and his team serve them well with a recording of demonstration quality. Whether you’re interested in this composer’s particular style or not, this is well worth investigating. [MusicWeb International ]

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Contemporana

Pret: 70          

CD ECM Records Arvo Part: Adam's Lament

2012
Latvian Radio Choir
Vox Clamantis
Sinfonietta Riga
Tui Hirv - soprana
Rainer Vilu - bariton
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Tallinn Chamber Orchestra
Tonu Kaljuste - dirijor

The Adam in Arvo Pärt's Lament (2010) is the one who was cast out of paradise. For the composer he represents "humankind in its entirety and each individual person alike, irrespective of time, epochs, social strata and confession". The text, by Silouan, a monk on Mount Athos, emphasises Adam's pain and grief at his banishment. The mix of Orthodox-style chant, ethereal string writing and block-like vocal writing amalgamates Pärt's most familiar styles, but the whole has more contrast and colour than usual. In this world premiere recording, the Latvian Radio Choir, Vox Clamantis and Sinfonietta Riga perform with admirable commitment. The disc includes shorter choral works such as Alleluia-Tropus, Estonian Lullaby and Christmas Lullaby. [ The Guardian ]

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Contemporana

Pret: 70          

CD ECM Records Arvo Part: Te Deum

1993
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Tallinn Chamber Orchestra
Tonu Kaljuste - dirijor

The Te Deum is a statement on statement, a quantification of the utterance via the merest particle of its articulation. In reading so humbly into his sources, Pärt has rendered inspiration palatable through his own sense of hymnal adoration. One is hard-pressed to reconstruct the Te Deum for those who have yet to peer through its many windows. And though no review, however voluminous, does it a modicum of justice, I can only hope these words at least begin to express its potential effect. [ ecmreviews ]

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Contemporana

Pret: 70          

CD ECM Records Arvo Part: The Deer's Cry

2016
ansamblul Vox Clamantis - dirijor Jaan-Eik Tulve

The second ECM New Series album to fully showcase pure-toned Estonian vocal group Vox Clamantis and its artistic director/conductor Jaan-Eik Tulve is devoted to compositions by their great countryman, Arvo Pärt – whose music has been the most performed globally of any living composer over the past five years.

This album – titled The Deer’s Cry after its first track, an incantatory work for a cappella mixed choir – is also the latest in an illustrious line of ECM New Series releases to feature Pärt’s compositions, the very music that inspired Manfred Eicher to establish the New Series imprint in 1984. Along with such classic works as Da pacem Domine the new album includes first-time recordings of the a cappella pieces Drei Hirtenkinder aus Fátima and Habitare Fratres.

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Contemporana

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CD ECM Records Terje Rypdal: If Mountains Could Sing

1994 :
Terje Rypdal chitara electrica
Bjorn Kjellemyr - bas
Audun Kleive - tobe
Terje Tonnesen - vioara
Lars Anders Tomter - viola
Oystein Birkeland - violoncel
Christian Eggen - dirijor

"I start this review where I might end it, by marking If Mountains Could Sing as one of Terje Rypdal’s finest achievements. Marrying the Norwegian guitarist’s penchant for magnesium fire with his comparable passion for classical textures, this record gives us the clearest intersection of his split idiomatic personality since Descendre." [ ecmreviews ]

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Jazz

Pret: 70          

CD ECM Records Terje Rypdal: Lux Aeterna

2002

Terje Rypdal - chitara electrica
Palle Mikkelborg - trompeta
Iver Kleive - orga
Ashild Stubo Gundersen - soprana
Bergen Chamber Ensemble, dirijor Kiell Seim

The guitarist Terje Rypdal is best known as a leading light of the jazz avant-garde, but his path has increasingly taken him into the realms of classical composition. His five-movement Lux Aeterna, recorded live at the Molde Jazz Festival, is a fascinating fusion of typically Nordic orchestral timbres and a trio of soloists – trumpet, organ and Rypdal himself on guitar – adding atmospheric asides. [ Andrew Clarke, The Independent ]

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Contemporana

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CD ECM Records Terje Rypdal: Vossabrygg

2003

Terje Rypdal - chitara electrica
Palle Mikkelborg - trompeta, sintetizator
Bugge Wesseltoft - pian electric, sintetizator
Stale Storlokken - pian electric, Hammond, sintetizator
Marius Rypdal - electronice, sampling, platane
Bjorn Kjellemyr - bas acustic si electric
Jon Christensen - tobe
Paolo Vinaccia - tobe

What Rypdal has done is composed a jazz set that pays tribute to that classic Miles album, yet sounds fresh and new, which is not an easy feat. … What this music does accomplish in to recreate the way Miles’s band would establish a pulse – not just a beat, not just a rhythm, but a living pulse – and build everything up from that. … If you were ever a fan of Bitches Brew, you really must audition Vossabrygg. … An amazing, intoxicating, and satisfying brew it is. [ Kevin East, The Sensible Sound ]

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Jazz

Pret: 70          

CD ECM Records Terje Rypdal: Odyssey (3 CD-Box)

1975-1976
Setul contine reeditarea albumului Odyssey in varianta completa precum si o inregistrare in concert (care nu a mai fost publicata anterior)

Odyssey:
Terje Rypdal - chitara electrica, sintetizatoare, saxofon sopran
Torbjorn Sunde - trombon
Brynjulf Blix - orga
Sveinung Hovensjo - bas
Svein Christiansen - tobe

The electric guitar innovator in the 1970s. This box set in ECM’s Old & New Masters Series collects Terje Rypdal’s two-LP Odyssey album – heard on CD, for the first time, in its entirety, including the much-requested and epically-rocking “Rolling Stone” – and “Unfinished Highballs”, a recently unearthed 1976 radio recording that documents the Norwegian guitarist’s work for his Odyssey quartet and the Swedish Radio Jazz Group. The complete Odyssey may address a longstanding demand, but “Unfinished Highballs” will surprise even Rypdal’s most committed fans. It reveals that not only were many of the markers which would come to define his career already in place, but the intrepid guitarist was already searching for ways to include, rather than exclude, in his approach to composition and performance.

  • Numar discuri: 3
  • Gen muzica: Jazz

Nota
( 5 ) bazata pe un review
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CD ECM Records Terje Rypdal: Waves

1977

Terje Rypdal - electric guitar, keyboard, synthesizer
Palle Mikkelborg - trumpet, fluegelhorn, RMI, tac piano, ring modulator
Sveinung Hovensjo - basses
Jon Christensen - drums, percussion

Terje Rypdal’s Waves (recorded 1977) announced the beginning of the Norwegian guitarist’s association with Danish trumpeter Palle Mikkelborg, which continues to this day. The album also introduced one of Terje’s most enduringly popular pieces, “Per Ulv.” “Rypdal’s album is a series of sonic excursions ranging from the expressionist to the impressionist…” wrote Record World. “Rypdal’s guitar and Mikkelborg’s trumpet are well-matched, with Manfred Eicher’s typically superb production putting it all in focus.”

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Jazz

Pret: 70          

CD ECM Records Terje Rypdal: Q.E.D.

1993

Terje Rypdal - chitara electrica
Borealis Ensemble , dirijor Christian Eggen

Terje Rypdal :
- Q.E.D. ( Quot Erat Demonstrandum) Op. 52
- Largo Op. 55

Largo seems to me a better work than Q. E. D. because it explores a single, interesting idea, and sustains a 16-minute structure without monotony or strain. It is slow moving and uniform in texture, but the gradual harmonic shifts preserve an effective and engaging level of tension. Nor is there anything simplistic about the unsparing ending. Q. E. D., with four short movements followed by an 18-minute finale, is less well-proportioned, much more diverse, and also less coherent, as if the balance between what is to be played from score and what is to be improvised remained to be worked out on the basis of the experiments which this performance represents. Even in Q. E. D., however, Rypdal is never banal, and never solemn. The recordings are over-bright, the instruments too closely-miked, but the disc celebrates a distinctive talent.' [ Gramophone ]

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Contemporana

Pret: 70          

CD ECM Records John Surman / Terje Rypdal: Nordic Quartet

1995
John Surman - saxofoane, clarinet, bas clarinet
Karin Krog - voce
Terje Rypdal - chitara electrica
Vigleik Storaas - pian

Nordic Quartet bonds an unconventional roster of musicians and conceptual approaches. John Surman reaches into his usual toolkit, favoring the lower range, while vocalist Karin Krog sews her Sheila Jordan-like vibrato into Terje Rypdal’s electric swoons and pianist Vigleik Storaas’s intimate embraces. [ ecm reviews ]

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Jazz

Pret: 70          

CD ECM Records Kim Kashkashian, Till Fellner - Thomas Larcher: Madhares

2010

Till Fellner - pian
Kim Kashkashian - viola
Thomas Larcher - pian
Quatuor Diotima :
Naaman Sluchin - vioara
Yun Peng Zhao - vioara
Frank Chevalier - viola
Pierre Morlet - violoncel
Münchener Kammerorchester, dirijor Dennis Russell Davies

Thomas Larcher :
Bose Zellen ( For Piano And Orchestra )
Still ( For Viola And Chamber Orchestra )
Madhares ( String Qartet No. 3 )

Larcher is an unpredictable, freethinking composer, who has set aside the modernist strictures that have long governed Central European music. … “Böse Zellen” is riveting from start to finish – a sweat-inducing drama in instrumental form. All the works receive immaculate, strongly felt performances. [ Alex Ross, The New Yorker ]

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Contemporana

Pret: 70          

CD ECM Records Kim Kashkashian, Lera Auerbach - Shostakovich, Auerbach: Arcanum

2016

Kim Kashkashian - viola
Lera Auerbach - pian

Dimitri Shostakovich: 24 Preludes Op. 34
Lera Auerbach: Arcanum - Sonata For Viola And Piano

Auerbach’s duo version of Shostakovich’s Op. 34 Piano Preludes — a cycle of 24 in all the major and minor keys, on the models of Bach and Chopin — is a wizardly reimagining of its source, and the performance here by her and violist Kim Kashkashian seems to channel the earlier composer’s distinctive sound world. […] As performers, Kashkashian and Auerbach make a superb team, playing with urgency and finely tuned balance. [ Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle ]

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Contemporana

Pret: 70          
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