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Alexander Goehr: Colossos or Panic; The Deluge; etc. / Hilary Summers, Clair Booth

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>Goehr, Alexander : Colossos or Panic, for orchestra
>Goehr, Alexander : The Deluge, cantata for 2 voices & orchestra, Op. 7
>Goehr, Alexander : Little Symphony, Op. 15

Album Summary

>Goehr, Alexander : Colossos or Panic, for orchestra
>Goehr, Alexander : The Deluge, cantata for 2 voices & orchestra, Op. 7
>Goehr, Alexander : Little Symphony, Op. 15
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

To celebrate Alexander Goehr's 80th birthday this year, BBC Radio 3 commissioned a new orchestral work which was premiered by the BBC Symphony Orchestra on 13 January 2012 at Barbican Hall in London. Oliver Knussen, to whom the work is dedicated, conducted the work.
Goehr's orchestral evocation of Goya's terrifying painting, Colossos, is coupled with the premiere recording of his early cantata The Deluge, inspired by Eisenstein's notes for a film based on a writing by Leonardo da Vinci (the film was never completed). The neo-classical Little Symphony uses the chordal structure of Mussorgsky's 'Catacombs' from Pictures at an Exhibition as a harmonic backbone and is performed by the Dutch chamber orchestra, ASKO Ensemble.

The Guardian
Together, these two wiry, wrought works sum up so much of what has been essential to Goehr's music ever since [their premieres]: the modernism of Stravinsky and the Second Viennese School on the one hand, the forms and practices of baroque music on the other...an impressive musical span, which Knussen energises quite wonderfully.

Sunday Times
Little Symphony (1963) is a memorial to [Goehr's] conductor father, Walter. The title designates the smallish forces involved, not the argument, which is profound, original and 29 minutes in the working out. It is interpreted with idiomatic alertness by Knussen and the ASKO and Sch÷nberg Ensembles.

International Record Review
Music whose expressive impact balances its formal abstraction, by turns declamatory and rarefied, without sacrificing its underlying fervour...The performances are as authoritative as expected from singers such as Claire Booth and Hilary Summers, with Oliver Knussen drawing perceptive playing from three different groups, in sound that makes the most of three very different acoustics.

Classical Music
Definitive performances in excellent sound. Urgently recommended.

BBC Music Magazine, November 2012
Knussen directs performances that are as far from routine as it's possible to get, with wonderfully vivid results.

BBC Music Magazine
Britten completed but didn't orchestrate the songs - 'Phrase', 'Aube' and 'À une raison'; Matthews matches them finely to the style of Illuminations. While the cycle is often associated with pears and other tenors... Piau is a worthy successor, cooler and less emotive than Pears, perhaps less nuanced but more naturally phrased, and simply more beautiful.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: CBSO Centre, Birmingham (01/31/2010); Grote Zaal, Concertgebouw, Amsterdam (01/31/2010); Studio 1, BBC Maida Vale, London, England (01/31/2010); CBSO Centre, Birmingham (04/22/2008); Grote Zaal, Concertgebouw, Amsterdam (04/22/2008); Studio 1, BBC Maida Vale, London, England (04/22/2008); CBSO Centre, Birmingham (04/23/2007); Grote Zaal, Concertgebouw, Amsterdam (04/23/2007); Studio 1, BBC Maida Vale, London, England (04/23/2007).



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Works Details

>Goehr, Alexander : Colossos or Panic, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Oliver Knussen
  • Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 25 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1991-1992

>Goehr, Alexander : The Deluge, cantata for 2 voices & orchestra, Op. 7
  • Performer: Claire Booth (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Oliver Knussen
  • Ensemble: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
  • Running Time: 13 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1957-1958

>Goehr, Alexander : Little Symphony, Op. 15
  • Conductor: Oliver Knussen
  • Ensemble: Schoenberg Ensemble
  • Running Time: 27 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1963