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Melting the Darkness': Solo Violin Music of Xenakis, Haas, Bianchi, Burns et al. / Miranda Cuckson, violin

Album Summary

>Xenakis, Iannis : Mikka "S", for violin
>Haas, Georg Friedrich : De terrae fine, for viola
>Bianchi, Oscar : Semplice, for violin
>Burns, Christopher : Come Ricordi Come Sogni Come Echi, 6 etudes for violin
>Sigman, Alexander : VURTRUVURT, for violin & electronics
>Velázquez, Ileana Perez : un ser con unas alas enormes, for violin & electroncis
>Rowe, Robert : Melting the Darkness, for violin & electronics
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Miranda Cuckson is the leading exponent of new music for the violin on this side of the Atlantic, and is beginning to make waves as well in Europe. Her two previous recordings for Urlicht AudioVisual, featuring some of the most demanding modern-era works for violin by Luigi Nono, Elliott Carter, Roger Sessions, and Jason Eckardt, have met with unanimous critical acclaim from the music press. Miranda herself selected the repertoire and produced `melting the darkness`, assembling a program of solo microtonal violin works and music for solo violin with electronics microtonal that showcases a wide range of styles and moods. The program begins with Xenakis' revolutionary Mikka S, a daunting microtonal masterpiece `duo` for solo violin, and the world premiere recording of Georg Friedrich Haas's `de terrae fine` in the version for solo violin. Five world premiere recordings round out the program: Oscar Bianchi's `Semplice`, Christopher Burns' `Come Ricordi Come Sogni Come Echi`, Alexander Sigman's `Vutrtuvurt`, Ileana Perez- Velasquez's `un ser con unas alas enormes`, and Robert Rowe's `Melting the Darkness`. Mixed by her frequent artistic collaborator and electronic music wizard Ricard Warp, each work is framed in a unique acoustic environment that brings each work into vivid relief.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: James L. Dolan Music Recording Studio at New York Unive (06/05/2013); James L. Dolan Music Recording Studio at New York Unive (07/17/2012); James L. Dolan Music Recording Studio at New York Unive (10/25/2011); James L. Dolan Music Recording Studio at New York Unive (10/26/2011); James L. Dolan Music Recording Studio at New York Unive (11/15/2012); James L. Dolan Music Recording Studio at New York Unive (12/03/2012).



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Works Details

>Xenakis, Iannis : Mikka "S", for violin
  • Performer: Miranda Cuckson (Violin)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1976

>Haas, Georg Friedrich : De terrae fine, for viola
  • Performer: Miranda Cuckson (Violin)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2001

>Bianchi, Oscar : Semplice, for violin
  • Performer: Miranda Cuckson (Violin)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Burns, Christopher : Come Ricordi Come Sogni Come Echi, 6 etudes for violin
  • Performer: Miranda Cuckson (Violin)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2011

>Sigman, Alexander : VURTRUVURT, for violin & electronics
  • Performer: Miranda Cuckson (Violin)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Velázquez, Ileana Perez : un ser con unas alas enormes, for violin & electroncis
  • Performer: Miranda Cuckson (Violin)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Rowe, Robert : Melting the Darkness, for violin & electronics
  • Performer: Miranda Cuckson (Violin)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary