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Barbara Heller (b.1936): Music for String Ensemble / Verdi Quartet

Album Summary

>Heller, Barbara : Patchwork, string quartet no 3
>Heller, Barbara : La Caleta, string quartet no 2
>Heller, Barbara : Quartet for Strings no 1
>Heller, Barbara : Eins für Zwei, duo for violin & cello
>Heller, Barbara : Herbstmusik, duo for cello & piano
>Heller, Barbara : Arriba!, trio for violin, cello & piano
>Heller, Barbara : Zwiegespräche, for violin & cello
>Heller, Barbara : Minutentrios, for violin, cello & piano
>Heller, Barbara : Lalai-Schlaflied zum Wachwerden? for violin & piano
Performers Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Born in Ludwigshafen in 1936, the composer Barbara Heller is addicted to sounds. The search for sounds - lost, buried, undiscovered, or previously unnoticed - shapes her life. She has no choice: "Composing for me means finding my own filter for the permanent flood of sounds, both within and without. Listening, imagining, and discovering music is like building a bridge between the material and the immaterial worlds." This album presents a small portrait of the sounds Barbara Heller has found for string instruments. It opens with her third string quartet, "Patchwork", from 2008. Playfully flowing figures, often in pizzicato, alternate with static layers of sound. Conceived by Heller as a study in tritons, the pitch material consists throughout of whole-tone relationships. Heller's second string quartet, "La Caleta", was written in November of 2008. "A coming and going ... " is how Heller describes the essence of this work. She was inspired by the calm, gentle, and steady movement of waves on the beach of a small bay on the island of La Gomera, one of the Canary Islands. The comparatively more substantial String Quartet No. 1 was written in 1958 at the end of Barbara Heller's time as a student at the Music Hochschule in Mannheim, where she studied with Hans Vogt (1911-1992). In terms of sound, this is an entirely different universe from the works written in 2008. At the end of this recording, there comes "Lalai - Schlaflied zum Wachwerden?" [Lalai - lullaby for an awakening?], one of Barbara Heller's best known and most performed works. The expressive power of its simple folksong melody makes "Lalai" a sensitive and many-sided portrait of human feeling.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: HR-Sendesaal, Frankfurt (2015-12-19_2015-12-20&2016-).



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Works Details

>Heller, Barbara : Patchwork, string quartet no 3
  • Ensemble: Verdi Quartet
  • Notes: HR-Sendesaal, Frankfurt (2015-12-19_2015-12-20&2016-)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008

>Heller, Barbara : La Caleta, string quartet no 2
  • Notes: HR-Sendesaal, Frankfurt (2015-12-19_2015-12-20&2016-)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008

>Heller, Barbara : Quartet for Strings no 1
  • Notes: HR-Sendesaal, Frankfurt (2015-12-19_2015-12-20&2016-)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1958

>Heller, Barbara : Eins für Zwei, duo for violin & cello
  • Notes: HR-Sendesaal, Frankfurt (2015-12-19_2015-12-20&2016-)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1985

>Heller, Barbara : Herbstmusik, duo for cello & piano
  • Performers: Katharina Deserno (Cello); Gesa Lucker (Piano)
  • Notes: HR-Sendesaal, Frankfurt (2015-12-19_2015-12-20&2016-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2012

>Heller, Barbara : Arriba!, trio for violin, cello & piano
  • Performers: Katharina Deserno (Cello); Gesa Lucker (Piano); Susanne Stoodt (Violin)
  • Notes: HR-Sendesaal, Frankfurt (2015-12-19_2015-12-20&2016-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 2014

>Heller, Barbara : Zwiegespräche, for violin & cello
  • Performers: Katharina Deserno (Cello); Susanne Stoodt (Violin)
  • Notes: HR-Sendesaal, Frankfurt (2015-12-19_2015-12-20&2016-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2014

>Heller, Barbara : Minutentrios, for violin, cello & piano
  • Performers: Katharina Deserno (Cello); Gesa Lucker (Piano); Susanne Stoodt (Violin)
  • Notes: HR-Sendesaal, Frankfurt (2015-12-19_2015-12-20&2016-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 2008

>Heller, Barbara : Lalai-Schlaflied zum Wachwerden? for violin & piano
  • Performers: Katharina Deserno (Cello); Gesa Lucker (Piano)
  • Notes: HR-Sendesaal, Frankfurt (2015-12-19_2015-12-20&2016-)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1989