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Heinz Holliger (b.1939): Romance for cello & piano; Feuerwerklein, for solo piano; Chaconne, for cello solo; Partita / Gilles Vonsattel, piano; Daniel Haefliger, cello

Album Summary

>Holliger, Heinz : Romancendres, for cello & piano
>Holliger, Heinz : Feuerwerklein zum "Quatorze Juillet," for piano
>Holliger, Heinz : Chaconne for cello solo
>Holliger, Heinz : Partita, for piano
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Two wonderful instrumentalists show their reverence for one of the great composers of our time: the cellist Daniel Haefliger and the pianist Gilles Vonsattel play works by Heinz Holliger on the new CD in the Artist-Consort series from GENUIN. The works range from early pieces to the composer's current production, revealing a downright astonishing stylistic variety. From the sonic journeys of discovery of the Chaconne (1975) to the explosions in colour of the Feuerwerklein (Little Fireworks, 2012), from almost inaudible processes of amalgamation in Romancendres to the relentlessly interminable rhythms in the final movement of the Partita. An outstanding retrospective, performed splendidly!

American Record Guide, November/December 2014
Romancendres is a 22-minute suite for cello and piano in commemoration of Robert Schumann. It claims to do a lot of quoting from his music. 'Feuerwerklein zum Quatorze Juillet' for piano solo is a 2-minute number followed by a 9-minute Chaconne for cello solo both inside and out. The program ends with a half-hour Partita for piano containing a prelude, a fugue, a barcarole, two 'Sphynxen' separated by a 'Czardas obstine', and ending with a 'Ciaconna monoritmica'. Enjoy it if you can. I did.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Radio Station Zurich.



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Works Details

>Holliger, Heinz : Romancendres, for cello & piano
  • Performers: Daniel Haefliger (Cello); Gilles Vonsattel (Piano)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Holliger, Heinz : Feuerwerklein zum "Quatorze Juillet," for piano
  • Performer: Gilles Vonsattel (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2012

>Holliger, Heinz : Chaconne for cello solo
  • Performer: Daniel Haefliger (Cello)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Holliger, Heinz : Partita, for piano
  • Performer: Gilles Vonsattel (Piano)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1999