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Jonathan Harvey: Bird Concerto With Pianosong; Ricercare una Melodia, et al.

> Bird Concerto with Pianosong - Bird Concerto with Pianosong
> Ricercare una melodia (version for oboe) - Ricercare una melodia (version for oboe)
> Other Presences - Other Presences
> Ricercare una melodia (version for cello) - Ricercare una melodia (version for cello)

Album Summary

>Harvey, Jonathan : Bird Concerto with Pianosong, for piano & orchestra
>Harvey, Jonathan : Ricercare una Melodia, version for trumpet or oboe & tape-delay system
>Harvey, Jonathan : Other Presences, for trumpet & electronics
>Harvey, Jonathan : Ricercare una Melodia, version for cello & tape delay
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Bird Concerto - Harvey's hommage to Messiaen - is a celebration of the kind of technical advances in electroacoustics which the creator of Oiseaux exotiques and the Catalogue d'oiseaux was never able to explore. Harvey sets the piano soloist (the work was commissioned by pianist Joanna MacGregor) the challenge of combining piano playing and triggering a sampler/ synthesizer so that the live electronics can be realized in real-time performance. Other works on this disc are Other Presences, for trumpet and multi-loop effects, and two versions of the canonic Ricercare una melodia (1984) originally written for trumpet and quadraphonic tape-delay system, but here performed on oboe and cello, with live electronics from Sound Intermedia.

Sunday Times
Actual (Californian) birdsong opens the half-hour movement; the work proceeds as an ever-alert, ripplingly inventive dialogue between raw nature and musical modernism. Art wins out, of course, but the frame of reference has been fascinatingly shifted. Hideki Nagano's performance is scintillating.

The Guardian
The common factor between the three works by Jonathan Harvey on this disc is their use of electronic sampling to extend the range and complexity of the solo instrumental writing...If the technology used in Ricercare is much less sophisticated than in the later works, Harvey still uses it to striking effect.

BBC Music Magazine
Here is yet another mesmerising disc of music by Jonathan Harvey. Bird Concerto with Pianosong is a work of remarkable, beguiling beauty, in which the sounds of real birds intertwine with the transformations of their song by the soloist and ensemble...Other Presences from 2006 is an involving example of dialogue between solo trumpet and electronics...Strongly recommended.

Gramophone Magazine
He meets the implied, self-imposed comparison with Messiaen head-on...In the hands of a lesser composer the result may appear overly literal, even naive...But Harvey has never shirked away from direct expression when it's suited him...this intriguing work offers Harvey's trademark deftness and acoustic stimulation in equal measure.

International Record Review
Hideki Nagano renders the exacting solo part [of Birdconcerto] with assurance, the London Sinfonietta sounding no less impressive in the hands of David Atherton...Performances are as authoritative as might be expected from musicians such as Gareth Hulse, Paul Archibald and Tim Gill.



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Works Details

>Harvey, Jonathan : Bird Concerto with Pianosong, for piano & orchestra
  • Performer: Hideki Nagano (Piano)
  • Conductor: David Atherton
  • Ensemble: London Sinfonietta
  • Running Time: 30 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 2001
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Harvey, Jonathan : Ricercare una Melodia, version for trumpet or oboe & tape-delay system
  • Performer: Gareth Hulse (Oboe)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1984
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Harvey, Jonathan : Other Presences, for trumpet & electronics
  • Performer: Paul Archibald (Trumpet)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2006
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Harvey, Jonathan : Ricercare una Melodia, version for cello & tape delay
  • Performer: Tim Gill (Cello)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1985
  • Studio/Live: Live