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CD ECM Records Jan Garbarek, Hilliard Ensemble: Mnemosyne

1999
Jan Garbarek Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
The Hilliard Ensemble
David James - contratenor
John Potter - tenor
Rogers Covey-Crump - tenor
Gordon Jones - bariton

A sign we are, inexplicable without pain ... .’ The words are by the nineteenth-century German poet Friedrich Holderlin, taken from Mnemosyne, one of the cryptic hymns that he wrote before descending into madness. ECM publishes the entire first strophe as a sort of legend, and the reference is telling. ‘Mnemosyne’ was the mother of the muses, and the word also means ‘memory’. For Holderlin, song was an ‘abandoned, flowing nature’, a description that fits this album beautifully.

Memory, ecstasy, pain, joy, reconciliation: all are, at one time or another, signalled in the present programme. It is very different to Officium, The Hilliard’s first collaboration with Jan Garbarek (10/94). Tenor John Potter writes that for Mnemosyne, a good deal of the repertoire ‘consists of very small amounts of material with minimal notation’. Officium was a mellifluous melding of sensual sax improvisation and early choral music; Mnemosyne embraces a wider musical world and occasionally takes a harder musical line.
Garbarek spices the English thirteenth-century Alleluia nativitatis that opens the second disc with some unexpectedly Eastern-sounding modulations.

  • Numar discuri: 2
  • Gen muzica: Contemporana

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CD ECM Records Arvo Part: Arbos

1987
Gidon Kremer - vioara
Vladimir Mendelssohn - viola
Thomas Demenga - violoncel
Brass Ensemble Staatsorchester Stuttgart
The Hilliard Ensemble
Dennis Russell Davies - dirijor
Susan Bickley - alto
Lynne Dawson - soprana
David James - contratenor
Rogers Covey-Crump - tenor
Christopher Bowers-Broadbent - orga

Pärt's 1987 release, Arbos, shows the composer working within his medium, bringing forth a body of music sacred in sound and message and presenting new compositional techniques. Utilizing a limited palette of tones, arranged in repeating patterns, these works are often (understandably) categorized with the works of Glass, Reich, and Riley. The tonal palette is often borrowed from European medieval styles, and this, in conjunction with the liturgical subject matter, make these new compositions feel centuries old. His Pari Intervello, originally scored in 1978 for wind instruments, is here recorded for solo organ. One of his more famous pieces, Stabat Mater, is presented here -- an airy piece that floats just on the threshold of awareness. Scored for vocal trio and string trio, this is a simply beautiful piece -- very expressive and lilting. [ AllMusic ]

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Contemporana

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CD ECM Records Arvo Part: Tabula Rasa

1977 - 1984

Gidon Kremer, Keith Jarrett, Staatsorchester Stuttgart ( dirijor Dennis Russell Davies ) , The 12 Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Tatjana Grindenko, Alfred Schnittke, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra ( dirijor Saulius Sondeckis )

Arvo Part:
Fratres ( For Violin And Piano )
Cantus In Memory Of Benjamin Britten
Fratres ( For 12 Celli )
Tabula Rasa

More than often modern music is thought that it has to sound like a toolbox descending a staircase. Pärt is the total opposite; his music burns with intense and quiet passion. It almost forces the listener into introspection and contemplation. This work is one of the marvels of the modern age and is still as captivating as when it was first released. Just like the works of the old masters that echo for centuries, this masterpiece by Arvo Pärt will echo and arouse the deepest of emotions eons after it was first released."

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Contemporana

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CD ECM Records Arvo Part: Passio

Martie 1988

The Hilliard Ensemble, Lynne Dawson, Michael George, Elizabeth Layton, Melinda Maxwell, Elisabeth Wilson, Catherine Duckett, Christopher Bowers-Broadbent, Western Wind Chamber Choir / dirijor - Paul Hillier

Arvo Part: Passio Domini Nostri Jesu Christi Secundum Joannem ( 1982 )


Part's long-form The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ According to St. John dramatizes the apostle John's account of the arrest and crucifixion of Jesus. The form he adopts sounds as though it were centuries old, with its choral orchestration. But his choice of instruments, his choice of chords, his phrasing, and the basic construction of the piece itself are all based on 20th century ideas, most notably his own innovation, the "tintinnabuli" method. The overall sound is significantly bigger than the small ensemble performing it; this is an innovative work, despite the classic subject matter. The text is taken verbatim from the Vulgate. [ AllMusic ]

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Contemporana

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CD ECM Records Arvo Part: Miserere

Compozitor - Arvo Part / Interpreteaza: The Hilliard Ensemble ( dirijor Paul Hillier), Orchester der Beethovenhalle Bonn, Western Wind Chamber Choir (dirijor Dennis Russell Davies), Sarah Leonard, Christopher Bowers-Broadbent, Pierre Favre

"This recording shows a different side of Arvo Part's compositional work. The title composition has unusual instrumentation: winds and brass, choir and soloists, electric guitar, and bass guitar. The lyrics come slowly, one word per bar at a near pppp volume level.

The text comes from Psalm 51, David's "Have Mercy on Me" psalm, before bursting like an apocalyptic fire into the classic "Dies Irae," a tremendous assault of holy terror best listened to in the dark by the fireplace. "Festina Lente" is a shorter work for strings and harp -- short, brisk, and entertaining, developed from a single melody. [AllMusic]

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Contemporana

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CD ECM Records Jan Garbarek, Hilliard Ensemble: Officium Novum

2009
Jan Garbarek - saxofoane
The Hilliard Ensemble :
David James - contratenor
Rogers Covey-Crump - tenor
Steven Harrold - tenor
Gordon Jones - bariton

In addition to several medieval sources, included are works by early 20th century Armenian priest, musicologist, and composer Komitas; Nikolai N. Kedrov, a Russian composer of the same era; mid-20th century Greek composer Giorgios Sefaris; Estonian Arvo Part; and several original pieces by Garbarek himself. Like the first album, this one is suffused with a sense of distant mystery and a profound, powerful melancholy that is given voice with intense feeling. The sound again is spacious and warmly resonant, with an earthy, enveloping ambience. This album will be a must-have for anyone who loved the first one, and it should appeal to any listener with an affinity for meditative Eastern European spirituality, especially when tied to contemporary expressivity and stylistic freedom. [ AllMusic ]

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Contemporana

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CD ECM Records Heinz Holliger: Machaut-Transkriptionen

Swiss composer Heinz Holliger’s Machaut-Transkriptionen is comprised of a spacious cycle of pieces written over a ten year period beginning in 2001.

An imaginative re-investigation of the work of the great 14th century French composer-poet Guillaume de Machaut, it is scored for four voices and three violas. Note-for-note transcriptions of Machaut give way to Holliger’s increasingly creative refractions of the music. As Holliger notes, his in-depth study of Machaut opened up new vistas for his compositional activity and his admiration for the source material is mirrored in the outstanding performances of the violists and singers.

The Machaut-Transkriptionen proves a perfect vehicle for the Hilliard Ensemble’s set skills as interpreters of both old and new music, and this recording, made in 2010 in Zürich, captures the vocal group at the heights of its powers.

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Contemporana

Pret: 70          

CD ECM Records Hilliard Ensemble: Transeamus

2012

The Hilliard Ensemble :

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

The English four-man Hilliard Ensemble weaves a gorgeous polyphonic patchwork of warm colors from countertenor, tenor and baritone voices on English carols and motets dating from the 15th century. Enchanting rather than narcotizing, the ancient choral music replenishes itself through the quartet’s interpretative finesse. [ Frank-John Hadley, DownBeat ]

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Contemporana

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CD ECM Records Jan Garbarek, Hilliard Ensemble: Officium

1993
Jan Garbarek - saxofon tenor si sopran
The Hilliard Ensemble:
David James - contratenor
Rogers Covey-Crump - tenor
John Potter - tenor
Gordon Jones - bariton

Recorded in a heavily reverberant Austrian monastery, the voices sometimes develop in overwhelming waves, and Garbarek rides their crest, his soprano sax soaring in the monastery acoustic, or he underscores the voices almost unobtrusively, echoing the voices, finding ample room to move around the modal harmonies yet applying his sound sparingly.

Those with nervous metabolisms may become impatient with this undefinable music, but if you give it a chance, it will seduce you, too. [ AllMusic ]

"Officium is what Coltrane hears in heaven."

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Contemporana

Pret: 70          

CD ECM Records Erkki-Sven Tuur: 7th Symphony / Piano Concerto

2010

Erkki-Sven Tuur:
- Piano Concerto
- Symphony No. 7 "Pietas"


Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, NDR Choir ( dirijor Paavo Jarvi )
Laura Mikkola - pian

Dense, complex, mysterious, passionate, spellbinding, sometimes strange and always original, Tüür’s Piano Concerto and choral Symphony receive stunning performances enhanced by superb sound quality.
BW, BBC Music Magazine

  • 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

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CD ECM Records Terje Rypdal, Hilliard Ensemble: Melodic Warrior

2009. Interpreti: Terje Rypdal, The Hilliard Ensemble, Bruckner Orchester Linz, ( dirijor Dennis Russell Davies ), Wroclaw Philharmonic Orchestra ( dirijor Sebastian Perloswski )

There’s nothing understated to guitarist Terje rypdal’s orchestral collaboration with the Hilliard Ensemble, recorded in concert in 2003, with the Bruckner Orchester Linz. Rypdal’s guitar takes the lead role as a mythological Native-American warrior flitting shadow-like through the landscape, the Hilliards provide narrative and the orchestra delivers thunder and calm. Rypdal’s writing, like his playing, is heavily referenced, but the ambitious piece hangs together well and the voices are lovely.[ Mike Hobart, Financial Times ]

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Contemporana

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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 Hildegard von Bingen / Ensemble Belcanto: Ordo Virtutum

2010

Ensemble Belcanto :
Andrea Baader - soprana
Edith Murasov - soprana
Rica Rauch - alto
Martina Scharstein - soprana
Benjamin Cromme
Lilith Reid
Selina Drews soprana
Dietburg Spohr mezzosoprana

This is the second New Series album to feature the Ensemble Belcanto. Where its predecessor focused on contemporary composition, this new disc looks at Hildegard of Bingen’s Ordo Virtutum, writtern around 1150 and generally considered the first large-scale musical work beyond the prescribed form of the Mass liturgy. In her creative interpretation, Belcanto leader Dietburg Spohr waives claims to ‘objective’ historical literalness. Instead, she and her fellow singers encounter the work as if it were written specifically for the Ensemble Belcanto: “We sought to free Hildegard from mystical-esoteric associations and to emphasize the work of an emancipated woman and composer.”

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Contemporana

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CD ECM Records Eleni Karaindrou: Music For Films

1991

Once we are aware that certain music has been written for film, it’s easy to wax poetic about said music’s visual associations. Yet I believe that one needn’t be aware of Greek composer Elenei Karaindrou’s filmic motivations in order to feel it in the same way, for hers imagines, recites, and sings the lament of a zeitgeist in decay. [ ecm reviews ]

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Contemporana

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CD ECM Records Eleni Karaindrou: Dust of Time

ECM’s recordings of Eleni Karaindrou’s music for films have always been more than “soundtracks”: they stand as independent artworks. So it is with the music written originally for Angelopoulos’s “Dust of Time”. In these intensely melodic compositions created from a delicate balance of instrumental colours, violin, cello and harp are especially important, as Karaindrou notes, “not only because of their own distinctiveness but also because of the inner quality of three participating musicians who live in Greece but were born in Rumania and Albania (Sergiu Nastasa, Renato Ripo, Maria Bildea). The flavour of their own musical tradition (tsiganiko) and of a very special inner feeling, permeates their playing. I had the feeling that the accordion had to pervade certain special moments with its colour; and the oboe should add some emotional touches on the canvas of my music.”

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Contemporana

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CD ECM Records Music of Georges I. Gurdjieff - Levon Eskenian

2008

The Gurdjieff Folk Instruments Ensemble, Levon Eskenian

Fascinating and highly attractive project which returns the music of Gurdjieff (c. 1866 – 1949) to its ethnic inspirational sources. To date Gurdjieff’s compositions have largely been studied, in the West, via the piano transcriptions of Thomas de Hartmann. Armenian composer Levon Eskenian now goes beyond the printed notes to look at the musical traditions that Gurdjieff encountered during his travels, and rearranges the compositions from this perspective. Eskenian draws attention to the roots of the pieces in Armenian, Greek, Arabic, Kurdish, Assyrian, Persian and Caucasian folk and spiritual music. Enlisting the assistance of some of the leading players in Armenia, Eskenian founded the Gurdjieff Folk Instruments Ensemble in 2008, and with them he has now realized a remarkable album. “What appeals most to me in Levon Eskenian's instrumentation is the extremely meticulous, clear cut work approach - without unnecessary ‘composing’ and ‘cleverness’- when in the wilderness of silence the tiniest intervention is done with sound, which is very characteristic of Gurdjieff's works. There is deep silence at the core of Gurdjieff’s music that relates us to the Ecclesiastes chapter of the Bible, or to the truth told of deep silences from faraway lands, a stillness that has not been darkened at all, and has the degree of density that leaves the Gurdjieffian silence immaculate.” – Tigran Mansurian

  • 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

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CD ECM Records Kim Kashkashian, Robert Levin: Elegies

Kim Kashkashian - viola
Robert Levin - pian

Benjamin Britten, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Elliott Carter, Alexander Glasunow, Franz Liszt, Zoltan Kodaly, Henri Vieuxtemps


“Elegies,” an elegant but somber collection played by Kim Kashkashian and Robert Levin, is perfect for a dreary, lonely day. With its darker, lower sound, a viola sounds like a violin which has lost its will to live, the perfect voice for singing an elegy — a song in praise to the dead. What a somber mood it is. The title of the first cut, Benjamin Britten’s “Lachrymae,” refers to tears. Britten doesn’t write of the tears from the first stab of heartbreak, but the exhausted tears which come later.” [ Associated Press ]

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Contemporana

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CD ECM Records Giya Kancheli: Little Imber

2008

Nederlands Kamerkoor
Christine Rall - saxofon sopran
Elliot Riley - saxofon alto
Bruce Weinberger - saxofon tenor
Kenneth Coon - saxofon bariton
Klaas Stok - dirijor
Mamuka Gaganidze - voce
Zaza Miminoshvili - chitara
Matrix Ensemble
Rustavi Choir
Children's Choir
Nika Memanishvili - claviaturi, dirijor cor

Giya Kancheli : Amao Omi ( For Mixed Choir And Saxophone Quartet )
- Little Imber ( For Small Ensemble, Voice, Children's Choir And Men's Choir )

Two choral works by the great Georgian composer Giya Kancheli. “Little Imber” is a “site-specific” work, profoundly melancholic yet with a hint or irony, directly inspired by the English village of the same name, a ghost-town since it was evacuated and turned over to the US army for military manoeuvres in 1943. The piece is coupled here with “Amao Omi” (“senseless war”) whose phonetic text adds up to moving sound tapestry, underpinned by the subtle and supple playing of the Raschèr Saxophone Quartet.

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Contemporana

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