Notes & Reviews:
The two works on this release are some of the most groundbreaking pieces that have been written for orchestra in recent years. The first work, CybOrgan, is scored for organ, strings, and infrared-camera-controlled live electronics. The electronics convert movement to sound in a random, unpredictable manner. The second piece, Hyperchromatic Counterpoint, utilizes a quarter-tone accordion which allows the sound to wander at will. Veli Kujala has a versatile repertoire, that includes everything the most structured of Baroque works to the most contemporary free improvisational works and hyper-complex compositions.
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Jacques Ibert: Works for Winds / Henri Demarquette, cello; Karine Deshayes, mz; Ensemble Initium
Ole Buck (b.1945): Sinfonietta Works / Jesper Nordin, Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen
Beate Furrer (b.1954): Works for Choir and Ensemble - Enigmas (6) for a cappella choir; Voices, for mixed choir & ensemble; a Cold and Calm and Moving for flute, harp, violin, viola & cello
Roman Haubenstock-Ramati (1919-1994): String Trio; Pluriel for string quartet; Multiple 4, for oboe & horn & other chamber works / Klangforum Wien; Vera Fischer, flutes
Vytautas Bacevicius (1905-1970): Piano Music, Vol. 2 - Poems, Etudes, Evocations, Dance Fantastic, Three Musical Thoughts Op. 75 & Sonata No. 4 Op. 53 / Gabrielius Alekna, piano
Charles Wuorinen (b.1938): Eighth Symphony (Theologoumena); Fourth Piano Concerto / Boston SO, James Levine
Mark Bowden (b.1951): Orchestral Works, "Sudden Light" / Oliver Coates, cello; Julian Warburton, percussion; Hyeyoon Park, violin; Huw Watkins, piano
Olav Anton Thommessen (b.1946): The Hermaphrodite / Eir Inderhuag, soprano; Isa Katharina Gericke, soprano; Anna Elisabeth Einarsson, mezzo; Nils Harald Sødal, tenor; Espen Fegran, baritone; Ketil Hugaas, bass
Luigi Dallapiccola (1904-1975): Piccolo Concerto Per Muriul Couvreux; an Mathilde; Camillo Togni (1922-1993): Helian de Trakl; Variations / Livia Rado, soprano; Aldo Orvieto, piano