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René Leibowitz (b.1913): Chamber Music; Violin Concerto / Ivry Gitlis, violin

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  1. Leibowitz — Laboratoire central, Op. 88 $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Leibowitz — 3 Caprices, Op. 70: I. Allegro, con fantasia $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Leibowitz — 3 Caprices, Op. 70: II. Piu tosto lento $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Leibowitz — 3 Caprices, Op. 70: III. Con moto, ma senza fretta $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Leibowitz — 2 poemes, Op. 76a: I. Vers la source $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Leibowitz — Explanation of Metaphors, Op. 15 $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Leibowitz — 5 Pieces for clarinet and piano, Op. 29: I. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Leibowitz — 5 Pieces for clarinet and piano, Op. 29: II. Vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Leibowitz — 5 Pieces for clarinet and piano, Op. 29: III. Andantino $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Leibowitz — 5 Pieces for clarinet and piano, Op. 29: IV. Largo $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Leibowitz — 5 Pieces for clarinet and piano, Op. 29: V. Moderato $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Leibowitz — 3 Poems, Op. 46: I. Musiciens en Voyage $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Leibowitz — 3 Poems, Op. 46: II. Faux Chateau $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Leibowitz — 3 Poems, Op. 46: III. La Joyeuse Cornemuse $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Leibowitz — Toccata, Op. 62 $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Leibowitz — 6 Melodies, Op. 6: I. Vitae summa brevis $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Leibowitz — 6 Melodies, Op. 6: II. Tour $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Leibowitz — 6 Melodies, Op. 6: III. The Deceptrices $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Leibowitz — 6 Melodies, Op. 6: IV. La Dernieere Lettre $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Leibowitz — 6 Melodies, Op. 6: V. Bilder hohnen $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Leibowitz — 6 Melodies, Op. 6: VI. Des Hommes jouent $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Leibowitz — Duo for Cello and Piano, Op. 23: I. Allegro risoluto $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Leibowitz — Duo for Cello and Piano, Op. 23: II. Adagio - $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Leibowitz — Duo for Cello and Piano, Op. 23: III. Allegretto amabile $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Leibowitz — 3 Poems, Op. 92: I. Son de cloche $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Leibowitz — 3 Poems, Op. 92: II. Air $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Leibowitz — 3 Poems, Op. 92: III. Soleil $0.99 on iTunes
  28. Leibowitz — 3 Poemes, Op. 73: I. La nuit est ma nudite $0.99 on iTunes
  29. Leibowitz — 3 Poemes, Op. 73: III. Le bois dans ta dechirure $0.99 on iTunes
  30. Leibowitz — 4 Lieder, Op. 86: I. Augenblicke $0.99 on iTunes
  31. Leibowitz — 4 Lieder, Op. 86: II. in den Gerauschen $0.99 on iTunes
  32. Leibowitz — 4 Lieder, Op. 86: III. Deine Augen im Arm $0.99 on iTunes
  33. Leibowitz — 4 Lieder, Op. 86: IV. Du warst mein Tod $0.99 on iTunes
  34. Leibowitz — 2 Settings, Op. 71: I. The Sick Rose $0.99 on iTunes
  35. Leibowitz — 2 Settings, Op. 71: II. Never Seek to Tell Thy Love $0.99 on iTunes
  36. Leibowitz — Violin Concerto, Op. 50
  37. Leibowitz — Applause $0.99 on iTunes
  38. Leibowitz — Serenade, Op. 38: I. Praeludium. Allegro moderato $0.99 on iTunes
  39. Leibowitz — Serenade, Op. 38: II. Lied, "Hor es klagt die Flote wieder" $0.99 on iTunes
  40. Leibowitz — Serenade, Op. 38: III. Intermezzo. Allegro vivo $0.99 on iTunes
  41. Leibowitz — Serenade, Op. 38: IV. Arie, "An Luise Hensel" $0.99 on iTunes
  42. Leibowitz — Serenade, Op. 38: V. Finale. Marsch - Melodram - Coda, "Halfte des Lebens" $0.99 on iTunes
  43. Leibowitz — Marijuana, variations non serieuses, Op. 54 $0.99 on iTunes
  44. Leibowitz — Motifs, Op. 74 $0.99 on iTunes
  45. Leibowitz — Petite suite, Op. 75: I. Allemande. Andantino $0.99 on iTunes
  46. Leibowitz — Petite suite, Op. 75: II. Choral. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  47. Leibowitz — Petite suite, Op. 75: III. Sarabande. Mesto $0.99 on iTunes
  48. Leibowitz — Petite suite, Op. 75: IV. Gigue. Prestissimo $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Leibowitz, René : Laboratoire central, cantata for reciter, female chorus, flute or piccolo, clarinet, horn, violin, v
>Leibowitz, René : Trois caprices, for vibraphone, Op. 70
>Leibowitz, René : Poemes (2) de Michel Leiris, for voice & piano, Op. 76a
>Leibowitz, René : Explanation of Metaphors, for narrator, 2 pianos, harp & percussion, Op. 15
>Leibowitz, René : Pieces (5), for clarinet & piano, Op. 29
>Leibowitz, René : Poemes (3) de Georges Limbour, for soprano, flute, clarinet, violin, viola, cello & piano, Op. 46
>Leibowitz, René : Toccata, for piano, Op. 62
>Leibowitz, René : Melodies (6), for low voice & piano, Op. 6
>Leibowitz, René : Duo for cello & piano, Op. 23
>Leibowitz, René : Poemes (3) de Pierre Reverdy, for 4 voices & piano, Op. 92
>Leibowitz, René : Poemes (3) de Georges Bataile for bass and Piano, Op 73
>Leibowitz, René : Lieder (4) for bass and Piano, Op 86
>Leibowitz, René : Settings (2), for mixed chorus a cappella, after poems by William Blake, Op. 71
>Leibowitz, René : Concerto for Violin & orchestra, Op. 50
>Sound, Recorded : Applause
>Leibowitz, René : Serenade, Op 38,
>Leibowitz, René : Variations non serieuses, for violine, posaune, vibraphone, 7 piano, "Marijuana," Op. 54
>Leibowitz, René : Motifs for speaker. flute, clarinet, violin, cello & piano, Op 74
>Leibowitz, René : Petite Suite for piano, Op 75
>Leibowitz, René : Chansons Dada, 3 melodramas for child's voice, clarinet, horn, cello & Piano, Op 76b
>Leibowitz, René : Suite for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, violin, viola, cello & Double Bass, Op 81
>Leibowitz, René : Intermezzi (3) for piano, Op 87
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Notes & Reviews:

As a conductor, author and teacher, he is a legend - but as a composer he has remained a phantom. In time for Rene Leibowitz' 100th birthday, Divox releases a sumptuous double album in CD-book format, celebrating his oeuvre in music and three languages. Listeners will find world premiere recordings of key works from his major phases and genres.

American Record Guide, September/October 2013
The Violin Concerto was written for Ivry Gitlis, who plays it in a concert performance conducted by the composer. The piece is in three connected movements in resolutely Schoenbergian style. I has a slower expressive music; II is a slow, seamless group of variations; and the finale is a wild rondo, with, as in the Schoenberg concerto, two cadenzas. The result is about what you might expect. The elaborate booklet has a wealth of priceless photos and accompanying items of interest. Besides Leibowitz himself, there are appearances by Kahn, Paul Dessau, Rudolf Kolisch, and "Picasso's favorite art dealer", as well as pictures of his Paris residences (one of them a hiding place during the war) and a two page spread of his 1963 Ford Thunderbird, with the proud composer at the helm. Letters are from the likes of Levi Strauss, Koechlin, Markevich, and, perhaps most strikingly, Adorno. This is an important and well-produced release. Performances are excellent, especially the ones made in the studio.



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>René Leibowitz (1913 - 1972) : Laboratoire central, cantata for reciter, female chorus, flute or piccolo, clarinet, horn, violin, v
  • Performers: Juliane Baucke (French Horn); Udo Grimm (Clarinet); Kirsten Harms (Violin); Fabio Marano (Viola); Helmut Menzler (Cello); Brigitte Sauer (Flute)
  • Conductor: Walter Nuábaum
  • Notes: Groáer Sendesaal des Hessischen Rundfunks, Frankfurt am Main (09/21/2006-09/22/2006)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio

>René Leibowitz (1913 - 1972) : Trois caprices, for vibraphone, Op. 70
  • Performers: Boris Müller (Percussion); Boris Müller (Vibraphone)
  • Conductor: René Leibowitz
  • Ensemble: Hannover Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Groáer Sendesaal des Hessischen Rundfunks, Frankfurt am Main (06/26/2001-06/30/2004)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>René Leibowitz (1913 - 1972) : Poèmes (2) de Michel Leiris, for voice & piano, Op. 76a
  • Performers: Marc Reichow (Piano); Truike Van Der Poel
  • Running Time: 1 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>René Leibowitz (1913 - 1972) : Explanation of Metaphors, for narrator, 2 pianos, harp & percussion, Op. 15
  • Performers: Françoise Friedrich (Harp); Florian Hoelscher (Piano); Boris Müller (Percussion); Boris Müller (Vibraphone); Marc Reichow (Piano)
  • Conductor: Walter Nuábaum
  • Notes: Groáer Sendesaal des Hessischen Rundfunks, Frankfurt am Main (06/26/2001-06/30/2004)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>René Leibowitz (1913 - 1972) : Pieces (5), for clarinet & piano, Op. 29
  • Performers: Susanne Heilig (Clarinet); Marc Reichow (Piano)
  • Notes: Groáer Sendesaal des Hessischen Rundfunks, Frankfurt am Main (06/26/2001-06/30/2004)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>René Leibowitz (1913 - 1972) : Poèmes (3) de Georges Limbour, for soprano, flute, clarinet, violin, viola, cello & piano, Op. 46
  • Performers: Udo Grimm (Clarinet); Sibylle Herrmann (Flute); Fabio Marano (Viola); Helmut Menzler (Cello); Jutta Rübenacker (Violin); Marc Reichow (Piano); Truike Van Der Poel
  • Conductor: Walter Nuábaum
  • Notes: Groáer Sendesaal des Hessischen Rundfunks, Frankfurt am Main (06/26/2001-06/30/2004)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>René Leibowitz (1913 - 1972) : Toccata, for piano, Op. 62
  • Performer: Marc Reichow (Piano)
  • Notes: Groáer Sendesaal des Hessischen Rundfunks, Frankfurt am Main (06/26/2001-06/30/2004)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>René Leibowitz (1913 - 1972) : Mélodies (6), for low voice & piano, Op. 6
  • Performers: Ekkehard Abele (Bass Baritone); Marc Reichow (Piano)
  • Notes: Groáer Sendesaal des Hessischen Rundfunks, Frankfurt am Main (06/26/2001-06/30/2004)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>René Leibowitz (1913 - 1972) : Duo for cello & piano, Op. 23
  • Performers: Helmut Menzler (Cello); Marc Reichow (Piano)
  • Notes: Groáer Sendesaal des Hessischen Rundfunks, Frankfurt am Main (06/26/2001-06/30/2004)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>René Leibowitz (1913 - 1972) : Poèmes (3) de Pierre Reverdy, for 4 voices & piano, Op. 92
  • Performers: Ekkehard Abele (Bass Baritone); Sebastian Hübner (Tenor); Carola Keil; Lisa Rave; Marc Reichow (Piano); Truike Van Der Poel
  • Conductor: Walter Nuábaum
  • Running Time: 3 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>René Leibowitz (1913 - 1972) : Poèmes (3) de Georges Bataile for bass and Piano, Op 73
  • Performers: Ekkehard Abele (Bass Baritone); Marc Reichow (Piano)
  • Notes: Groáer Sendesaal des Hessischen Rundfunks, Frankfurt am Main (06/26/2001-06/30/2004)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1966

>René Leibowitz (1913 - 1972) : Lieder (4) for bass and Piano, Op 86
  • Performers: Ekkehard Abele (Bass Baritone); Marc Reichow (Piano)
  • Notes: Groáer Sendesaal des Hessischen Rundfunks, Frankfurt am Main (06/26/2001-06/30/2004)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1969

>René Leibowitz (1913 - 1972) : Settings (2), for mixed chorus a cappella, after poems by William Blake, Op. 71
  • Conductor: Walter Nuábaum
  • Notes: 09/14/2000-09/15/2000
  • Running Time: 1 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1966

>René Leibowitz (1913 - 1972) : Concerto for Violin & orchestra, Op. 50
  • Performer: Ivry Gitlis (Violin)
  • Conductor: René Leibowitz
  • Running Time: 19 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1958

>Sound, Recorded : Applause
  • Running Time: 1 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>René Leibowitz (1913 - 1972) : Serenade, Op 38,
  • Performers: Susanna Andres (Violin); Gesine Dreyer (Harp); Erasmus Kowal (French Horn); Helmut Menzler (Cello); Winfried Rager (Clarinet); Claudia Sack (Viola); Brigitte Sauer (Flute); Tilmann Zahn (Oboe)
  • Conductor: Walter Nuábaum
  • Notes: Rosbaud-Studio SWF, Baden-Baden (03/24/1993-03/26/1993)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1955

>René Leibowitz (1913 - 1972) : Variations non sérieuses, for violine, posaune, vibraphone, 7 piano, "Marijuana," Op. 54
  • Performers: Susanna Andres (Violin); Stefan Geiger (Trombone); Boris Müller (Vibraphone); Marc Reichow (Piano)
  • Conductor: Walter Nuábaum
  • Notes: Rosbaud-Studio SWF, Baden-Baden (03/24/1993-03/26/1993)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1960

>René Leibowitz (1913 - 1972) : Motifs for speaker. flute, clarinet, violin, cello & piano, Op 74
  • Performers: Susanna Andres (Violin); Helmut Menzler (Cello); Winfried Rager (Clarinet); Marc Reichow (Piano); Brigitte Sauer (Flute)
  • Conductor: Walter Nuábaum
  • Notes: Rosbaud-Studio SWF, Baden-Baden (03/24/1993-03/26/1993)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1966

>René Leibowitz (1913 - 1972) : Petite Suite for piano, Op 75
  • Performer: Marc Reichow (Piano)
  • Notes: Rosbaud-Studio SWF, Baden-Baden (03/24/1993-03/26/1993)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1966

>René Leibowitz (1913 - 1972) : Chansons Dada, 3 melodramas for child's voice, clarinet, horn, cello & Piano, Op 76b
  • Performers: Salome Kammer (Voice); Erasmus Kowal (French Horn); Helmut Menzler (Cello); Winfried Rager (Clarinet); Marc Reichow (Piano)
  • Conductor: Walter Nuábaum
  • Notes: Rosbaud-Studio SWF, Baden-Baden (03/24/1993-03/26/1993)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1968

>René Leibowitz (1913 - 1972) : Suite for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, violin, viola, cello & Double Bass, Op 81
  • Performers: Susanna Andres (Violin); Erasmus Kowal (French Horn); Gadi Ledermann (Bassoon); Helmut Menzler (Cello); Johannes Nied (Double Bass); Winfried Rager (Clarinet); Claudia Sack (Viola); Brigitte Sauer (Flute)
  • Conductor: Walter Nuábaum
  • Notes: Rosbaud-Studio SWF, Baden-Baden (03/24/1993-03/26/1993)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1967

>René Leibowitz (1913 - 1972) : Intermezzi (3) for piano, Op 87
  • Performer: Marc Reichow (Piano)
  • Notes: Rosbaud-Studio SWF, Baden-Baden (03/24/1993-03/26/1993)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1970