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Alexander Goehr (b.1932): Since Brass Nor Stone; Clarinet Quintet; Manere, Op. 81 / Colin Currie, percussion

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>Goehr, Alexander : Since Brass, Nor Stone..., fantasy for string quartet & percussion, Op. 80
>Goehr, Alexander : ...around Stravinsky, for violin, oboe, clarinet, bassoon & horn, Op. 72
>Goehr, Alexander : Quintet for Clarinet and Strings Op. 79
>Goehr, Alexander : Manere, for violin & clarinet, Op. 81
>Goehr, Alexander : Largo Siciliano, for violin, horn & piano, Op. 91

Album Summary

>Goehr, Alexander : Since Brass, Nor Stone..., fantasy for string quartet & percussion, Op. 80
>Goehr, Alexander : ...around Stravinsky, for violin, oboe, clarinet, bassoon & horn, Op. 72
>Goehr, Alexander : Quintet for Clarinet and Strings Op. 79
>Goehr, Alexander : Manere, for violin & clarinet, Op. 81
>Goehr, Alexander : Largo Siciliano, for violin, horn & piano, Op. 91
Performers Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The Guardian, 12th September 2013
They reveal the typical preoccupations of Goehr's recent music, especially his fascination with revisiting the music of the past...[Colin Currie and the Pavel Haas Quartet bring 'Since Brass, Nor Stone'] off brilliantly, creating an arresting sound-world of immense rhythmic variety and surprise.

Gramophone Magazine, November 2013
These performances render the sound worlds of Goehr's sources so consummately that his own twists and turns through them come through persuasively.

This new recording of Goehr's chamber music, written between the years of 2002-2012 and featuring artists critically hailed as 'chamber music royalty' (The Nash Ensemble - Sunday Times), 'one of the most polished and musically exciting young string quartets in the world today' (Pavel Haas Quartet - Washington Post) and 'a miracle of cool-headed brilliance' (Colin Currie - Daily Telegraph) cannot fail to delight. The title work, Since Brass nor Stone, is inspired by Shakespeare's 65th Sonnet and begins rather comically with a literal play of the opening line 'Since brass, nor stone, nor earth, nor boundless sea,' with Chinese gong and bell tree, followed by stone drum, and log drum to lion's roar and rainstick, all in the space of the opening four bars. The combination of percussion with string quartet is an unusual one but Goehr successfully balance the timbres with some remarkably striking and technically difficult writing for both.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St Michael's Church, Highgate, London (03/27/2013-03/28/2013); Studio 2, BBC Maida Vale, London, England (03/27/2013-03/28/2013); West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge (03/27/2013-03/28/2013); St Michael's Church, Highgate, London (05/01/2010); Studio 2, BBC Maida Vale, London, England (05/01/2010); West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge (05/01/2010); St Michael's Church, Highgate, London (05/28/2012-05/29/2012); Studio 2, BBC Maida Vale, London, England (05/28/2012-05/29/2012); West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge (05/28/2012-05/29/2012).



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>Goehr, Alexander : Since Brass, Nor Stone..., fantasy for string quartet & percussion, Op. 80
  • Performer: Colin Currie (Percussion)
  • Ensemble: The Nash Ensemble
  • Running Time: 13 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008

>Goehr, Alexander : ...around Stravinsky, for violin, oboe, clarinet, bassoon & horn, Op. 72
  • Performers: Richard Watkins (Horn); David Alberman (Violin); Gareth Hulse (Oboe); Richard Hosford (Clarinet); Ursula Leveaux (Bassoon)
  • Ensemble: Pavel Haas Quartet
  • Notes: St Michael's Church, Highgate, London (05/28/2012-05/29/2012)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002

>Goehr, Alexander : Quintet for Clarinet and Strings Op. 79
  • Performers: Lawrence Power (Viola); David Alberman (Violin); Richard Hosford (Clarinet); Laura Samuel (Violin); Paul Watkins (Cello)
  • Notes: St Michael's Church, Highgate, London (05/28/2012-05/29/2012)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 2007

>Goehr, Alexander : Manere, for violin & clarinet, Op. 81
  • Performers: Marianne Thorsen (Violin); Richard Hosford (Clarinet)
  • Notes: West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge (03/27/2013-03/28/2013)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008

>Goehr, Alexander : Largo Siciliano, for violin, horn & piano, Op. 91
  • Performers: Ian Brown (Piano); Richard Watkins (Horn); Marianne Thorsen (Violin)
  • Notes: West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge (03/27/2013-03/28/2013)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2012