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Poul Ruders: Four Dances

> 4 Dances in 1 Movement - No. 1. Whispering
> 4 Dances in 1 Movement - No. 2. Rocking
> 4 Dances in 1 Movement - No. 3. Exstatic
> 4 Dances in 1 Movement - No. 4. Extravagant
> Nightshade - Nightshade
> Abysm - I. Abysm
> Abysm - II. Burning
> Abysm - III. Spectre

Album Summary

>Ruders, Poul : Four Dances in One Movement
>Ruders, Poul : Nightshade, for 10 instruments
>Ruders, Poul : Abysm, tone poem for orchestra
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

On this disc three of Ruders's pivotal chamber works are in the hands of one of Europe's leading new music ensembles Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. Four Dances in One Movement (1983) is an emotional sequence of four pure musical characters. Abysm (2000), which Ruders has written for BCMG, and Nightshade (1987) are two modern tone poems rooted in both dark and moving sound worlds. BIRMINGHAM CONTEMPORARY MUSIC GROUP (BCMG) was formed in 1987 by musicians from the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Simon Rattle, the Group's Founding Patron. BCMG is one of Europe's leading ensembles and has won many awards for its work in attracting new audiences for contemporary music.

"From the flittering opening of Four Dances to the unresolved menace that closes Abysm, the performances, marshalled by Knussen, bristle with controlled energy and colour. The music both beguiles and unsettles, revealing a stunning mastery of chamber forces from a composer associated with a larger canvas." -BBC Music Awards nominee, 2011

MusicWeb International
The playing is technically excellent on this disc, and one would expect nothing less from BCMG and Knussen. The moods are well captured and Ruders' music is captivating throughout.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: CBSO Centre, Birmingham, England.



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Works Details

>Ruders, Poul : Four Dances in One Movement
  • Conductor: Oliver Knussen
  • Ensemble: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
  • Notes: CBSO Centre, Birmingham, England (10/11/2008-11/12/2008)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Ruders, Poul : Nightshade, for 10 instruments
  • Conductor: Oliver Knussen
  • Ensemble: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
  • Notes: CBSO Centre, Birmingham, England (10/11/2008-10/12/2008)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1986

>Ruders, Poul : Abysm, tone poem for orchestra
  • Conductor: Oliver Knussen
  • Ensemble: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
  • Running Time: 22 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 2000