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Sprechgesänge - Speech Songs
edition musikFabrik
composer: Georges Aperghis - Unsuk Chin - Jonathan Harvey
interpreter: Salome Kammer - David Cordier - Anu Komsi - Piia Komsi - Carl Rosman - Peter Veale
booklet writer: Patrick Hahn
conductor: Stefan Asbury - Sian Edwards - Beat Furrer - Peter Rundel
orchestra/ensemble: Ensemble Musikfabrik
Ensemble musikFabrik / Peter Veale: oboe, English horn / Salome Kammer: voice / Carl Rosman: clarinet / Anu and Piia Komsi: soprano / David Cordier: countertenor / conductors: Stefan Asbury / Sian Edwards / Beat Furrer / Peter Rundel
Order number: WER 68512 16.50 €  Add to basket

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"Sprechgesänge" – "Speech Songs" run throughout the program of the first CD in the new “edition musikFabrik” on WERGO: Voices try out their instrumental possibilities, and instruments savor their vocal potential.
In his “meditation on the nature of language as sound,” Jonathan Harvey alludes directly to the “inventor” of the Sprechgesang, Arnold Schönberg. Beat Furrer provides the protagonist of Arthur Schnitzler’s "Fräulein Else" with several different “language spaces” – like an encephalogram, he records the oscillations of an interior monologue. Georges Aperghis teaches a clarinet to “babble,” and Unsuk Chin gives an answer to a question from Georges Perec: What might it sound like to throw rotten tomatoes at singers of the species "cantatrix sopranica"? In dreamlike fashion, Chin causes multiple musics of various styles and periods to swirl through one another in a furious piece.
The live recordings document highlights from the concert series "musikFabrik im WDR", with noted soloists such as David Cordier, Salome Kammer and Anu and Piia Komsi, and the conductors Stefan Asbury, Sian Edwards, Beat Furrer and Peter Rundel. Two members of Ensemble musikFabrik, Carl Rosman and Peter Veale, provide evidence of the ensemble’s soloistic qualities.

production by Westdeutscher Rundfunk


2011 | Echo Klassik

Category: Chamber Music Recording of the Year (20th/21st Century)  additional information

Jonathan Harvey: Sprechgesang for oboe/English horn and ensemble
Beat Furrer: recitativo for voice and ensemble
Georges Aperghis: Babil for clarinet and 15 instruments
Unsuk Chin: Cantatrix Sopranica for two sopranos, countertenor and ensemble
Sprechgesänge - Speech Songs
Order number: WER 68512 16.50 €  Add to basket
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