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Pelle Gudmunsen-Holmgreen (b.1932): Green Ground - music for string quartet, solo voices and the combination / Kronos Quartet; Theatre of Voices, Paul Hillier

Album Summary

>Gudmundsen-Holmgree, Pelle : Quartet for Strings no 11 ("No Ground")
>Gudmundsen-Holmgree, Pelle : Green ("to the greenwood must we go, alas"), for 4 voices
>Gudmundsen-Holmgree, Pelle : No Ground Green, for 4 voices & string quartet
>Gudmundsen-Holmgree, Pelle : Quartet for Strings no 10 ("New Ground")
>Gudmundsen-Holmgree, Pelle : New Ground Green, for 4 voices & string quartet
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen has made a name for himself as one of the most prolific northern European composers in the past half century. He was known for his unique personality and was established as a major figure in Danish musical life. Gundmundsen-Holmgreen wrote of his compositional style: I often write music that cannot make up its mind, and that is deliberate. This is an accurate description, as much of his music is ambiguous and provocative. He repeats motifs and sound elements without mercy, and the violent clashes of expression within the pieces are memorable. This release presents the world premiere recording of Green Ground, a unique set of pieces which were written for and dedicated to the Kronos Quartet and Theatre of Voices with conductor Paul Hillier. The works use text from Henry VIIIs Songbook and take inspiration from Baroque canons. Some of the most unique and hilariously raucous new music we heard all year. (Time Out Chicago)

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Concert Hall of the Royal Danish Academy of Music, Cope (12/04/2012).



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>Gudmundsen-Holmgree, Pelle : Quartet for Strings no 11 ("No Ground")
  • Conductor: Paul Hillier
  • Ensemble: Theatre of Voices
  • Running Time: 1 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2011
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Gudmundsen-Holmgree, Pelle : Green ("to the greenwood must we go, alas"), for 4 voices
  • Conductor: Paul Hillier
  • Ensemble: Theatre of Voices
  • Running Time: 6 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2011
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Gudmundsen-Holmgree, Pelle : No Ground Green, for 4 voices & string quartet
  • Conductor: Paul Hillier
  • Ensemble: Theatre of Voices
  • Running Time: 1 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 2011
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Gudmundsen-Holmgree, Pelle : Quartet for Strings no 10 ("New Ground")
  • Running Time: 13 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2011
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Gudmundsen-Holmgree, Pelle : New Ground Green, for 4 voices & string quartet
  • Conductor: Paul Hillier
  • Ensemble: Theatre of Voices
  • Running Time: 13 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2011
  • Studio/Live: Live