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Poul Ruders Edition, Vol. 9: New Rochelle Suite; Twinkle Bells; Schrodinger's Cat; Romances; 13 Postludes / David Holzman, piano; David Starobin, guitar; Amalia Hall, violin et al.

Album Summary

>Ruders, Poul : New Rochelle Suite, for guitar & percussion
>Ruders, Poul : Twinkle Bells, etude for piano no 2
>Ruders, Poul : Schrödinger's Cat, 12 canons for violin & guitar
>Ruders, Poul : Romances, for viola & piano
>Ruders, Poul : Postludes (13 ) for piano
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Notes & Reviews:

In recent years Bridge's Poul Ruders Edition has focused on the Danish composer's symphonic music, including the Grammy-nominated Piano Concerto No. 2 and the large Symphony No. 4 "An Organ Symphony." Ruders, though mostly known for his operas and symphonic music, has also produced a steady output of solo and chamber music, frequently composing extended cycles of short pieces for friends and virtuosi. This recording contains several of these cycles heard in their premiere recording.



Reviews

Engaging chamber works
The two words that sprang to mind as I listened to this collection of Poul Ruder's chamber music was "amiable atonality." These chambers works move well beyond tonality, without a hint of academic dryness. Every work had real personality, often full of warmth and gentle humor.

Guitarist David Starobin and Poul Ruders have enjoyed a long and fruitful collaborative relationship, and Starobin brings his deep understanding of Ruders' music to two works. The "New Rochelle Suite" for guitar and percussion is a witty composition, and Starobin and percussionist Daniel Druckman perform it with a sometimes wink at the audience. Ruders scores imaginatively for percussion, making non-tonal instruments such as the castanets and tom-toms (among many other) add nuanced shading to the guitar's wide-ranging melodies.

"Schrödinger's Cat" is a set of 12 canons for violin and guitar that reflect the ambivalence of the title. In quantum mechanics, Schrödinger's cat is a thought experiment illustrating the paradoxical concept that particles can be in two states simultaneously until observed. So, too, these canons seem to shift back and forth until they suddenly collapse into a final cadence. Starobin and Amalia Hall perform these canons in an unadorned fashion, just presenting the facts -- which seem to change before our ears.

"Romances for viola and piano" is romantic in nature, but the expressive yearnings of the melody get their poignancy from decidedly post-tonal chromatic inflections. Violist Hsin-Yun Huang and pianist Sarah Rothenberg make a great team, though, bring out the emotion in the music without being too emotive.

David Holzman performs "Twinkle Bells - Piano Etude No. 2" with a light, deft touch. He makes the cascading thirds that make up the bulk of the etude shimmer and tinkle like tiny bells. He also brings the album to a close with Ruders' "13 Postludes." These are wonderfully-crafted short little works that evoke the spirit of Chopin -- in an amiably atonal way.
Submitted on 06/18/14 by RGraves321 
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Works Details

>Ruders, Poul : New Rochelle Suite, for guitar & percussion
  • Performers: Daniel Druckman (Percussion); Daniel Druckman (Percussion); David Starobin (Guitar); David Starobin (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2003

>Ruders, Poul : Twinkle Bells, etude for piano no 2
  • Performers: David Holzman (Piano); David Holzman (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2012

>Ruders, Poul : Schrödinger's Cat, 12 canons for violin & guitar
  • Performers: Amalia Hall (Violin); Amalia Hall (Violin); David Starobin (Guitar); David Starobin (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2012

>Ruders, Poul : Romances, for viola & piano
  • Performers: Hsin-Yun Huang (Viola); Hsin-Yun Huang (Viola); Sarah Rothenberg (Piano); Sarah Rothenberg (Piano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2011

>Ruders, Poul : Postludes (13 ) for piano
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1988