Benjamin Schweitzer: Chamber Music / Ensemble Courage

Album Summary

>Schweitzer, Benjamin : Abgesang (Dafne-Fragment), for 1 or 2 voices, violin, viola & percussion
>Schweitzer, Benjamin : achteinhalb, for voice & chamber ensemble
>Schweitzer, Benjamin : Anfange/Netze (Malbork 2), for flute, clarinet, violin, viola, cello & piano
>Schweitzer, Benjamin : entschlackt (Piece in 2 parts), for oboe, trumpet, cello & piano
>Schweitzer, Benjamin : dull roots & spring rain, for flute, oboe & bassoon
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Notes & Reviews:

Benjamin Schweitzer began his musical studies at the junior department of the Lubeck Music Academy. At age sixteen, he received several prizes at composition and instrumental competitions for young musicians. He completed his studies at the Dresden Music Academy and spent a year studying with Paavo Heininen at the Sibelius Academy. The chamber music works compiled on this recording, performed by the Ensemble Courage led by Titus Engel, were written between 2005 and 2008. They document the composer's quest for something one could describe as "beauty." Schweitzer leaves aside components such as melodic elements and virtuoso figurations in favor of extremely fine gradations of a few chosen sounds and textures.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Studio Gärtnerstraáe, Berlin (12/05/2011-12/08/2011).



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Works Details

>Schweitzer, Benjamin : Abgesang (Dafne-Fragment), for 1 or 2 voices, violin, viola & percussion
  • Performers: Matthias Engler (Drums); Olivia Stahn; Karina Muller (Violin); Marion Leleu (Viola)
  • Conductor: Titus Engel
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Courage
  • Notes: Studio Gärtnerstraáe, Berlin (12/05/2011-12/08/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2005

>Schweitzer, Benjamin : achteinhalb, for voice & chamber ensemble
  • Performers: Matthias Jann (Trombone); Antje Thierbach (Oboe); Tobias Schwencke (Piano); Matthias Lorenz (Cello); John Eckhardt (Double Bass); Olivia Stahn; Katrin Paulitz (Flute); Karina Muller (Violin); Georg Wettin (Clarinet); Elise Jacoberger (Bassoon); Susanne Stock (Accordion); Nathan Plante (Trumpet); Marion Leleu (Viola); Matthias Engler (Drums)
  • Conductor: Titus Engel
  • Notes: Studio Gärtnerstraáe, Berlin (12/05/2011-12/08/2011)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007

>Schweitzer, Benjamin : Anfänge/Netze (Malbork 2), for flute, clarinet, violin, viola, cello & piano
  • Performers: Katrin Paulitz (Flute); Matthias Lorenz (Cello); Georg Wettin (Clarinet); Marion Leleu (Viola); Uta-Maria Lempert (Violin)
  • Conductor: Titus Engel
  • Notes: Studio Gärtnerstraáe, Berlin (12/05/2011-12/08/2011)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2006

>Schweitzer, Benjamin : entschlackt (Piece in 2 parts), for oboe, trumpet, cello & piano
  • Performers: Antje Thierbach (Oboe); Tobias Schwencke (Piano); Matthias Lorenz (Cello); Nathan Plante (Trumpet)
  • Conductor: Titus Engel
  • Notes: Studio Gärtnerstraáe, Berlin (12/05/2011-12/08/2011)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2006-2007

>Schweitzer, Benjamin : dull roots & spring rain, for flute, oboe & bassoon
  • Performers: Antje Thierbach (Oboe); Katrin Paulitz (Flute); Elise Jacoberger (Bassoon)
  • Conductor: Titus Engel
  • Notes: Studio Gärtnerstraáe, Berlin (12/05/2011-12/08/2011)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008

>Schweitzer, Benjamin : Abgesang (Dafne-Fragment), for 1 or 2 voices, violin, viola & percussion
  • Performers: Marion Leleu (Viola); Matthias Engler (Drums); Olivia Stahn; Karina Muller (Violin); Georg Wettin (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Titus Engel
  • Notes: Studio Gärtnerstraáe, Berlin (12/05/2011-12/08/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2005