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Mikis Theodorakis: Echowand – Lieder
On 29 July 2015 the composer Mikis Theodorakis celebrates his 90th birthday. In honour of this occasion, a special project was started. A number of his songs were to be reincarnated: “As a young and quite extraordinary musician, Sebastian Schwab has made marvellous arrangements, in which one can recognize a great richness of ideas. [...] Johanna Krumin’s performance corresponds to this in an ideal fashion.” (Mikis Theodorakis)
Georg Kreisler: Complete Works for Piano
The legendary cabaret performer Georg Kreisler is known for his unparalleled catalogue of chansons. He was, on the other hand, hardly known as a composer of classical music. The publication of the book entitled “Georg Kreisler – Grenzgänger” drew the attention of the pianist Sherri Jones to Kreisler's early instrumental music.
Peteris Vasks: Sala | Musica appassionata | Credo
Vasks sees his music as a language of the soul: “Music is the most powerful of all the arts, because it is closest to the Divine. Music is indefinable, it is true, but sounds are able to express spirituality. This cannot be expressed in words. All around me, I hear talk about the body, but I want say: where is the spirit, the soul? Souls are as overgrown as a jungle. This is why I try to preserve a ray of light in my sounds."
Michael Pelzel: Sempiternal Lock-in
This CD of Edition Zeitgenössische Musik portrays the Swiss composer Michael Pelzel. The amalgamation of sound layers and the development of his own tonal colors are fundamental to his works: "The goal is to construct a chord which fuses into a homogeneous sound, from double-bass register to soprano register, and is given its own colour due to the interspersed microintervals which can be put down to the overtone series of the bass tone."
Jörg Widmann: String Quartets
“It is a great pleasure for me that, seven years after the first complete recording of my string quartets, the Minguet Quartet now offers a second recording. We have worked together closely for many years, particularly on these five quartets. This ensemble is therefore quite familiar as to how the individual quartets complement, contradict, and relate to each other dramaturgically.” (Widmann)
Jörg-Peter Mittmann: Kontrapunkte
“An involvement with religious and metaphysical subjects and the tradition of their musical treatment” is for the Ensemble Horizonte “a question of identity” (Mittmann). This does not mean, however, that the ensemble has restricted itself to these themes in its choice of programs, but rather that the group views all musical activity in the context of the broader history of music and philosophy. This is also characteristic of Jörg-Peter Mittmann’s composing.
Morton Subotnick: The Wild Beasts
Morton Subotnickis a living legend in the development of electronic music. A leading innovator in works involving instruments and other media, he used many of the important technological breakthroughs of his time in his work as a composer.
John Cage: Two³
In 1991 Cage wrote “Two3” for shō and five water-filled conch shells, one of his so-called “Number Pieces” Cage worked on during the last years of his life – here in the interpretation by the accordion player Stefan Hussong and the sheng virtuoso Wu Wei.
Giacinto Scelsi: Suite 9 & 10 per pianoforte
“Ttai”, as Scelsi’s “Suite n. 9” is called, is based on the 11th symbol “tai” from the “I Ching”, the Chinese “Book of Changes”. “Tai” signifies “peace”. His “Suite n. 10” is titled “Ka”. The word refers to something unnamable, unspeakable, which is hidden behind all appearances.
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The recording "Mikis Theodorakis: Echowand – Lieder" has been awarded the Supersonic Music Award.more
German Record Critics' Award for Mark Andre’s “...auf...”
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