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Muzica CD Gen: Contemporana

CD ECM Records Trio Mediaeval: A Worchester Ladymass

2005

Anna Maria Friman - voce
Linn Andrea Fuglseth - vocel
Torunn Ostrem Ossum - voce

Oslo’s Trio Medaeval presents a reconstruction of a 13th century votive Mass to the Virgin Mary, based on surviving manuscripts from a Benedectine Abbey in the English Midlands. Inserted amid the medieval music are a Credo and Benedicamus Domino specially composed for this programme by Gavin Bryars: the old and the new intermingle in the work of this vocal ensemble. Anna Maria Friman: “The members of Trio Mediaeval feel that performing mediaeval music today gives us the freedom to let our imagination and ideas flow, as though we are creating contemporary music.”

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  • Gen muzica: Contemporana

CD ECM Records Kiev Chamber Choir - Valentin Silvestrov: Sacred Songs

2007

Kiev Chamber Choir, dirijor Mykola Hobdych

The Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov may have come late to choral music, but this disc - the latest in ECM’s series devoted to the composer - brings together his ‘a cappella’ pieces written in 2006 and 2007. Appropriately enough the magnificent Kiev Chamber Choir, who also are featured in ‘Sacred Works’ (ECM 2117), are recorded in the cathedral that forms part of St Michael’s Golden-Domed Monastery, Kiev. [ Dan Morgan, Music Web International ]

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Contemporana

CD ECM Records Vijay Iyer: Mutations

2013

Vijay Iyer - pian, electronice
Miranda Cuckson - vioara
Michi Wiancko - vioara
Kyle Armbrust - viola
Kivie Cahn-Lipman - violoncel

"Mutations is not only Vijay Iyer's debut album for ECM, but also the first recording he's issued since winning a MacArthur Foundation "genius" grant in the fall of 2013. As a recording, it is certainly among his most provocative. There are no traces of his Hindustani or Carnatic jazz explorations, his athletic post-bop or modal works, or even his explosive readings of modern pop. This is a showcase for Iyer the composer. [ AllMusic ]

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  • Gen muzica: Contemporana

CD ECM Records Denes Varjon - Berg / Janacek / Lizt: Precipitando

2011

Denes Varjon - pian

Alban Berg - Sonata Op. 1
Leos Janacek - V Mlhach ( In The Mists )
Franz Liszt - Sinata In B Minor

And from the very start of the CD, the luminous playing of the opening of Berg’s Sonata Op.1 tells us this is a pianist of rare sensitivity. The word seems almost to float in this performance, continually remaking itself from moment to moment and never come to rest. […] Varjón ranges through the music as if mapping an unknown landscape. […] All in all, a very impressive and intelligently planned programme. [ Calum MacDonald, BBC Music Magazine ]

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  • Gen muzica: Contemporana

CD ECM Records Gidon Kremer, Dirvanauskaite, Buniatishvili - Tchaikovsky, Kissine: Piano Trios

2011

Gidon Kremer - vioara
Giedre Dirvanauskaite - violoncel
Khatia Buniatishvili - pian

Victor Kissine: Zerkalo
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky - Trio, Op.50

Victor Kissine’s „Zerkalo“ (The Mirror), composed in 2009 and dedicated to the performers on this warmly engineered release, proves to be an intriguing companion piece for the Tchaikovsky Piano Trio. A compelling and emotionally varied work which draws its inspiration from two lines in Anna Akhmatova’s “Poem Without a Hero”, it begins with a sequence of framentary melodic ideas which dradually develop a coherent force as they gather momentum before disintegrating into a shadowy and bleak coda.
Erik Levi, BBC music

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  • Gen muzica: Contemporana

CD ECM Records Helena Tulve: Arboles Lloran Por Lluvia

2010

Helena Tulve, Arianna Savall, Charles Barbier, Taniel Kirikal, Marco Ambrosini, Riivo Kallasmaa, NYYD Quartet, Vox Clamantis, Ensemble Hortus Musicus, Jaan-Eik Tulve, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Olari Elts


In Tulve’s music the thinking always seems more vertical than horizontal; the predominant mood is introspective, almost meditational, the textures and harmonies beautifully imagined, the sense of pulse and forward momentum often elusive. ‘Extinction des Choses Vues’ for orchestra does build to a massive climax, achieved through weight and intensity rather than movement; the effect is rather like Kaija Saariaho’s music of the 1980s and 90s, and wonderfully achieved. [ Andrew Clements, Guardian ]

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • 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 ]

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  • 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 ]

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  • Gen muzica: Contemporana

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

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

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 ]

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  • Gen muzica: Contemporana

CD ECM Records Hilliard Ensemble: Codex Specialnik

1995

The Hilliard Ensemble :

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

While the members of the Hilliard Ensemble have nary a stumble in their entire ECM track record, with Codex Speciálník they have left one of their most lasting footprints. Recorded during a veritable golden age of the ensemble’s relationship with the label, the album extracts its material from the eponymous “special songbook,” found in a Prague monastery and dated to around 1500. Said manuscript encompasses a wide array of music in two to four parts from composers renowned and arcane, if not unknown, and proves to be a rich source of Renaissance polyphony. The more compelling pieces tend to be anonymous, such as the Exordium quadruplate that opens the Hilliards’ carefully handpicked program. [ ecmreviews ]

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Contemporana

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

CD ECM Records Kim Kashkashian, Robert Levin - Shostakovich, Chihara, Bouchard

1991

Kim Kashkashian - viola
Robyn Schulkowsky - percutie
Robert Levin - pian

Linda Bouchard: Pourtinade
Paul Chihara: Redwood
Dimitri Shostakovich: Sonata For Violion And Piano, Op. 147

Kim Kashkashian’s third disc for ECM is a curiously mixed bag. Although the liner notes give some delightful anecdotes and insider’s information, I am torn over how much said information enriches my experience of the whole. For example, Kashkashian points to the percussiveness of Shotakovich’s piano writing in his Sonata for Viola and Piano op. 147 as justification for the two companion pieces scored for “actual” percussion and viola. To be sure, this is a fascinating connection, though one that perhaps only the performers can intuit with such immediacy. Either way, the knowledge does guide my listening in new directions and pushes me to burrow into the music wholeheartedly. [ ecm reviews ]

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Contemporana

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.”

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  • Gen muzica: Contemporana

CD ECM Records Giya Kancheli: Trauerfarbenes Land

1998

Radio Symphonieorchester Wien , dirijor Dennis Russell Davies

Giya Kancheli:
- A La Duduki
- Trauerfarbenes Land

Giya Kancheli's fifth album for ECM New Series is the first to be devoted exclusively to his orchestral music and features two extended pieces of often volcanic power that bear out the judgement of Russian composer Rodion Shchedrin: 'Kancheli is an ascetic with the temperament of a maximalist, a smouldering Vesuvius.' Impassioned performances by the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra under the dynamic direction of Dennis Russell Davies make this another milestone in the career of a musician that Time magazine has said 'may well be the most important composer to emerge from the old Soviet Union since Dmitri Shostakovich.'

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Contemporana

CD ECM Records Rosamunde Quartett - Dino Saluzzi: Kultrum

1998

Dino Saluzzi - bandoneon
Rosamunde Quartett
Andreas Reiner - vioara
Simon Fordham - vioara
Helmut Nicolai - viola
Anja Lechner - violoncel

Dino Saluzzi - Kultrum - Música para Bandeón y Cuarteto de Cuerdas

The 'Kultrum' collaboration between Argentian bandoneon master Dino Saluzzi and the Munich-based German-Austrian-Australian Rosamunde Quartett was initiated in 1996. Featuring Saluzzi's chamber music for bandoneon and string quartet, Kultrum is both a 'departure' and an extension of Dino's previous ECM recordings in which he acknowledges and then transgresses the boundaries: between composition and improvisation, between so-called serious and popular music, between folk music and jazz and tango. The project has already toured in Europe, to critical and public acclaim, and there is every indication that its appeal will prove very broad-based indeed.

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Contemporana

CD ECM Records Eleni Karaindrou: Tous Des Oiseaux

2019

Greek composer Eleni Karaindrou’s new album draws upon music created for two special projects: Tous des oiseaux, a play by Lebanese-Canadian writer Wajdi Mouawad, and Bomb, A Love Story, a film by Iranian actor-director Payman Maadi. Tous des oiseaux, has won great acclaim for its bold exploration of the complex web of cultural identity; Karaindrou says of the play that it opened new horizons and broadened her perceptions. Meanwhile, Bomb, Eleni’s first new cinematic collaboration since the death of Theo Angelopoulos, has just been nominated for an APSA award for Best Original Score. Both works feature compositions for string orchestra and Karaindrou’s cast of gifted soloists. In what is now a thirty-year tradition, extending back to the Music for Films recording of 1990, Karaindrou’s luminous themes and arrangements acquire new contours and continuity through the mixing and editing of producer Manfred Eicher.

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Contemporana

CD ECM Records Keith Jarrett / Dennis Russell Davies: Ritual

1977

Dennis Russell Davies - pian

AllMusic: "Keith Jarrett does not actually play on this LP; rather, it is Dennis Russell Davies, a classical pianist and conductor with whom Jarrett collaborates frequently, who performs this 32-minute Jarrett composition on a grand piano.

  • Numar discuri: 1
  • Gen muzica: Contemporana

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