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Ruders: Nightshade Trilogy / Capricorn; Knussen; Odense SO; Mann, Yoo

Album Summary

>Ruders, Poul : Nightshade, for 10 instruments
>Ruders, Poul : The Second Nightshade, nocturne for orchestra
>Ruders, Poul : Final Nightshade, for orchestra
Conductors Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Nightshade Trilogy was composed by Poul Ruders over a span of 17 years - between 1986 and 2003. In the composer's words, it is "a collection of compositions that evoke for me an almost Gothic association with pale moonlight, tombstones crypts and the elusive shadows deep inside an ancient forest at the deep of night."

American Record Guide, January/February 2015
Poul Ruders's Nightshade Trilogy (1987, 1992, 2004) is three pieces written over the course of a dozen years for forces ranging from a 10- piece chamber ensemble to a large orchestra (commissioned by the New York Philharmonic). Nightshade, the initial piece, opens with dark rumbles clearing to a fanfare, introducing a fuzzy rising scale. The Second Nightshade is subtitled 'A Symphonic Nocturne for Chamber Orchestra' and is filled with the same material as the previous entry. Final Nightshade is a 25-minute Adagio of the night. It takes greatness to pull off an unbroken slow movement of this length. Mahler and Bruckner were both pretty good at it.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Carl Nielsen Hall, Odense, Denmark (05/07/2014); Danmarks Radio, Studio 1, Radiohuset, Copenhagen (05/07/2014); Carl Nielsen Hall, Odense, Denmark (05/26/2006); Danmarks Radio, Studio 1, Radiohuset, Copenhagen (05/26/2006); Carl Nielsen Hall, Odense, Denmark (11/22/1987); Danmarks Radio, Studio 1, Radiohuset, Copenhagen (11/22/1987).



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>Ruders, Poul : Nightshade, for 10 instruments
  • Conductor: Oliver Knussen
  • Ensemble: Capricorn (Ensemble)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1986

>Ruders, Poul : The Second Nightshade, nocturne for orchestra
  • Conductor: Paul Mann
  • Ensemble: Odense Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 16 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1991

>Ruders, Poul : Final Nightshade, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Scott Yoo
  • Ensemble: Odense Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 24 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 2003