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Sir Harrison Birtwistle: Songs, 1970 - 2006 / Alice Rossi, soprano; Da Neue Ensemble; Kuss Quartet; Theater und Medien Hannover, Stefan Asbury

Audio Samples

  1. Birtwistle — Nenia: The Death of Orpheus
  2. Birtwistle — Orpheus Elegies: No. 1, — (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Birtwistle — Orpheus Elegies: No. 2, — (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Birtwistle — Orpheus Elegies: No. 11, Sonnet I (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Birtwistle — Orpheus Elegies: No. 5, — (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Birtwistle — Orpheus Elegies: No. 14, Sonnet III (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Birtwistle — Orpheus Elegies: No. 12, — (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Birtwistle — Orpheus Elegies: No. 25, — (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Birtwistle — Orpheus Elegies: No. 20, Sonnet V (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Birtwistle — Fantasia III $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Birtwistle — 9 Settings of Lorine Niedecker: II. My Friend Tree (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Birtwistle — 9 Settings of Lorine Niedecker: III. Along the River (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Birtwistle — 9 Settings of Lorine Niedecker: IV. Hear Where the Snow-Grave Is (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Birtwistle — 9 Settings of Lorine Niedecker: V. How White the Gulls (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Birtwistle — 9 Settings of Lorine Niedecker: VI. My Life by Water (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Birtwistle — 9 Settings of Lorine Niedecker: VII. Paul When the Leaves Fall (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Birtwistle — 9 Settings of Lorine Niedecker: VIII. O Late Fall Marsh (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Birtwistle — Frieze I $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Birtwistle — Lullaby (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Birtwistle — Songs by Myself: I. O Light Set the Flame in Amber $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Birtwistle — Songs by Myself: II. I Lean Against a Shade $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Birtwistle — Songs by Myself: III. Cold Statements $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Birtwistle — Songs by Myself: IV. Steps $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Birtwistle — Songs by Myself: V. The Silence Before Light $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Birtwistle — Interview (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Birtwistle — Cantus iambeus $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Birtwistle, Harrison : Nenia
>Birtwistle, Harrison : Orpheus Elegies (26)
>Birtwistle, Harrison : Nine Movements for String Quartet
>Birtwistle, Harrison : Settings (9) of Lorine Niedecker, for soprano & one instrument
>Birtwistle, Harrison : Lullaby, for 2-part soprano chorus
>Birtwistle, Harrison : Songs by Myself, for soprano & chamber ensemble
>Word, Spoken : Interview with Harrison Birtwistle
>Birtwistle, Harrison : Cantus Iambeus, for 13 instruments
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Among the events celebrating Sir Harrison Birtwistle's 80th birthday last year were two composer-attended concerts in Hannover that concentrated on his songs, the highlights of which feature on this live release. Birtwistle's 'songs', a relatively neglected part of his output, blur the boundaries between vocal and instrumental techniques; on occasion, indeed, they involve instruments only. This CD contains the first recordings of the Canteus Iambeus and the Lullaby for solo voices, the only recording currently available of the Songs by Myself, plus an interview with the composer.



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Works Details

>Birtwistle, Harrison : Nenia :: the Death of Orpheus
  • Performer: Alice Rossi
  • Conductor: Stefan Asbury
  • Ensemble: Das Neue Ensemble
  • Running Time: 12 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1970

>Birtwistle, Harrison : Orpheus Elegies (26)
  • Performers: Jasmin-Isabel Kuhne (Harp); Doga Sacilik (Oboe)
  • Ensemble: Kuss Quartet
  • Running Time: 2 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2003

>Birtwistle, Harrison : Nine Movements for String Quartet :: Fantasia 3
  • Conductor: Stefan Asbury
  • Ensemble: Kuss Quartett
  • Running Time: 1 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1991-1996

>Birtwistle, Harrison : Settings (9) of Lorine Niedecker, for soprano & one instrument
  • Performers: Sophia Korber; Aram Yagubian (Cello)
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1998-2000

>Birtwistle, Harrison : Nine Movements for String Quartet :: Frieze 1
  • Ensemble: Kuss Quartett
  • Running Time: 3 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1991-1996

>Birtwistle, Harrison : Lullaby, for 2-part soprano chorus
  • Performers: Sophia Korber; Sarah Lewark
  • Running Time: 1 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2006

>Birtwistle, Harrison : Songs by Myself, for soprano & chamber ensemble
  • Performer: Alice Rossi
  • Conductor: Stefan Asbury
  • Ensemble: Das Neue Ensemble
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1984

>Word, Spoken : Interview with Harrison Birtwistle
  • Running Time: 3 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 2014

>Birtwistle, Harrison : Cantus Iambeus, for 13 instruments
  • Conductor: Stefan Asbury
  • Ensemble: Das Neue Ensemble
  • Running Time: 6 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2004