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Vom himmel zur holle

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>Smolka, Martin : Rush (Hour in Celestial Streets), for ensemble
>Kagel, Mauricio : Orchestrion-Straat, for chamber ensemble
>Andriessen, Louis : Racconto dall'Inferno, for orchestra

Album Summary

>Smolka, Martin : Rush (Hour in Celestial Streets), for ensemble
>Kagel, Mauricio : Orchestrion-Straat, for chamber ensemble
>Andriessen, Louis : Racconto dall'Inferno, for orchestra
Performers Conductors Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

This new collection from MusikFabrik focuses on three composers' imaginings of music from heaven or hell. In the Old Testament, the musical praise of God was imagined as an overpowering roar, a concept depicted in Martin Smolka's Rush (Hour in Celestial Streets). Mauricio Kagel's Orchestrion-Straat celebrates a joyous earthly resurrection while Louis Andriessen's Racconto dall'Inferno (tale from hell) proposes that hell has a soundtrack, and anyone caught in its repetitive loops will find it difficult to escape.

"The three pieces, by Martin Smolka, Mauricio Kagel, and Louis Andriessen, are outstanding works, all of which have such substance and immediate appeal that they deserve to be widely performed... Christina Zavalloni is fabulously expressive and vocally colorful as Dante. MusikFabrik, led by Peter Rundel in the Smolka and by Reinbert de Leeuw in the Kagel and Andriessen, plays with infectious enthusiasm, and the polish of its performance fairly gleams. Wergo's sound is remarkably clean for a live performance." -All Music Guide

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Recording information: Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal, WDR Funkhaus am Wallrafplatz K.



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Works Details

>Smolka, Martin : Rush (Hour in Celestial Streets), for ensemble
  • Performers: Bernd Thurner (Percussion); Mirjam Schroder (Harp); Tatiana Koleva (Percussion)
  • Conductor: Peter Rundel
  • Ensemble: MusikFabrik
  • Running Time: 16 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007

>Kagel, Mauricio : Orchestrion-Straat, for chamber ensemble
  • Performers: Susanne Eychmüller (Cello); Shynia Hashimoto (Tuba); Claudio Santambrogio (Flute); Adam Orvad (Accordion); John Corbett (Clarinet); Bob Koertshuis (Trumpet); Nándor Götz; Stephan Meier (Percussion); Markus Schwind (Trumpet); Bas Wiegers (Violin)
  • Conductor: Reinbert Leeuw
  • Ensemble: MusikFabrik
  • Running Time: 23 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: circa 1996

>Andriessen, Louis : Racconto dall'Inferno, for orchestra
  • Performers: Françoise Groben (Cello); Mats Bersgtrom; Susanne Eychmüller (Cello); Stephan Meier (Percussion); Francoise Rivalland (Cimbalom); Christopher Brandt; Marlies Klumpenaar (Clarinet); Stephan Schmitz (Trombone); Nándor Götz (Clarinet); Bas Wiegers (Violin); Thomas Hofer (Violin); Bob Koertshuis (Trumpet); John Corbett (Clarinet); Liz Hirst (Flute); Claudio Santambrogio (Flute); Rohan Richards (Horn); Uwe Dierksen (Trombone); Cristina Zavalloni (Mezzo Soprano); Ania Schmiel (Oboe)
  • Conductor: Reinbert Leeuw
  • Ensemble: MusikFabrik
  • Running Time: 19 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2004