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Kati Agócs (b.1975): The Debrecen Passion; Requiem Fragments; By the Streams of Babylon / Gil Rose, BMOP, Lisa Bielawa, soprano; Katherine Growdon, mz

Album Summary

>Agocs, Kati : The Debrecen Passion, for female chorus & orchestra
>Agocs, Kati : Requiem Fragments, for orchestra
>Agocs, Kati : By the Streams of Babylon, for 2 sopranos & orchestra
>Agocs, Kati : ...Like Treasure Hidden in a Field, for orchestra
>Agocs, Kati : Vessel, for 2 sopranos, mezzo-soprano & orchestra
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

BMOP/sound presents five works by Boston-based composer Kati Agócs that represent her distinctive vision of 21stcentury sacred music. Born in Ontario to Hungarian and American parents, Agócs assimilates a variety of cultural influences and multiple languages - spoken, written, and musical - into her strikingly powerful and sensuous aesthetic. Thematically centered on the work of contemporary Hungarian poet Szilárd Borbély and musically influenced by the sonic properties of the Hungarian language, The Debrecen Passion weaves together a variety of Judeo-Christian and humanist texts for a unique spiritual take on the genre of the Passion. Vessel is another polytextual vocal work for three female voices, setting texts by E.E. Cummings, Yehudah Halevi, and Catullus, while By the Streams of Babylon sets the famous Psalm 137. Requiem Fragments and ... like treasure hidden in a field showcase instrumental voices in more abstract interpretations of religious themes. Gil Rose leads the Boston Modern Orchestra project and vocal collaborators including the celebrated Lorelei Ensemble in luminous, incisive performances.

American Record Guide, May/June 2016
Five pieces by Canadian Kati Agocs (b. 1975), whose Hungarian roots are reflected in her work. She studied at Juilliard and teaches at New England Conservatory. These works were written from 2008 to 2015 for various groupings. The pieces are programmed with alternating performance combinations. As always, I've chosen to approach the works chronologically; in fact, annotator Robert Kirzinger writes of "a clear progression" from the earliest work to the latest on the program.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Distler Performance Hall in Somerville, MA (01/25/2015); Jordan Hall, Boston, MA (01/25/2015); Distler Performance Hall in Somerville, MA (03/24/2011); Jordan Hall, Boston, MA (03/24/2011); Distler Performance Hall in Somerville, MA (05/30/2010); Jordan Hall, Boston, MA (05/30/2010); Distler Performance Hall in Somerville, MA (06/06/2010); Jordan Hall, Boston, MA (06/06/2010); Distler Performance Hall in Somerville, MA (11/21/2011); Jordan Hall, Boston, MA (11/21/2011).



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Works Details

>Agocs, Kati : The Debrecen Passion, for female chorus & orchestra
  • Conductor: Gil Rose
  • Ensemble: Lorelei Ensemble
  • Running Time: 23 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2015

>Agocs, Kati : Requiem Fragments, for orchestra
  • Performers: Kati Agocs; Lisa Bielawa (Voice)
  • Conductor: Gil Rose
  • Ensemble: Lorelei Ensemble
  • Running Time: 7 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 2008

>Agocs, Kati : By the Streams of Babylon, for 2 sopranos & orchestra
  • Performers: Kati Agocs; Lisa Bielawa (Voice)
  • Conductor: Gil Rose
  • Running Time: 4 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008

>Agocs, Kati : ...Like Treasure Hidden in a Field, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Gil Rose
  • Running Time: 12 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 2010

>Agocs, Kati : Vessel, for 2 sopranos, mezzo-soprano & orchestra
  • Performers: Katherine Growdon; Margot Rood; Sonja Tengblad
  • Conductor: Gil Rose
  • Running Time: 8 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2011