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Vom himmel zur holle

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>Smolka, Martin : Rush (Hour in Celestial Streets), for ensemble
>Kagel, Mauricio : Orchestrion-Straat, for chamber ensemble
>Andriessen, Louis : Racconto dall'Inferno, for orchestra

Album Summary

>Smolka, Martin : Rush (Hour in Celestial Streets), for ensemble
>Kagel, Mauricio : Orchestrion-Straat, for chamber ensemble
>Andriessen, Louis : Racconto dall'Inferno, for orchestra
Performers Conductors Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

This new collection from MusikFabrik focuses on three composers' imaginings of music from heaven or hell. In the Old Testament, the musical praise of God was imagined as an overpowering roar, a concept depicted in Martin Smolka's Rush (Hour in Celestial Streets). Mauricio Kagel's Orchestrion-Straat celebrates a joyous earthly resurrection while Louis Andriessen's Racconto dall'Inferno (tale from hell) proposes that hell has a soundtrack, and anyone caught in its repetitive loops will find it difficult to escape.

"The three pieces, by Martin Smolka, Mauricio Kagel, and Louis Andriessen, are outstanding works, all of which have such substance and immediate appeal that they deserve to be widely performed... Christina Zavalloni is fabulously expressive and vocally colorful as Dante. MusikFabrik, led by Peter Rundel in the Smolka and by Reinbert de Leeuw in the Kagel and Andriessen, plays with infectious enthusiasm, and the polish of its performance fairly gleams. Wergo's sound is remarkably clean for a live performance." -All Music Guide

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Recording information: Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal, WDR Funkhaus am Wallrafplatz K.



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Works Details

>Smolka, Martin : Rush (Hour in Celestial Streets), for ensemble
  • Performers: Tatiana Koleva (Percussion); Mirjam Schroder (Harp); Bernd Thurner (Percussion)
  • Conductor: Peter Rundel
  • Ensemble: MusikFabrik
  • Running Time: 16 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007

>Kagel, Mauricio : Orchestrion-Straat, for chamber ensemble
  • Performers: Markus Schwind (Trumpet); Stephan Meier (Percussion); Susanne Eychmüller (Cello); Nándor Götz (Clarinet); Bas Wiegers (Violin); Bob Koertshuis (Trumpet); Shynia Hashimoto (Tuba); Claudio Santambrogio (Flute); Adam Orvad (Accordion); John Corbett (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Reinbert Leeuw
  • Ensemble: MusikFabrik
  • Running Time: 23 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: circa 1996

>Andriessen, Louis : Racconto dall'Inferno, for orchestra
  • Performers: Françoise Groben (Cello); Francoise Rivalland (Cimbalom); Stephan Meier (Percussion); Christopher Brandt; Susanne Eychmüller (Cello); Stephan Schmitz (Trombone); Uwe Dierksen (Trombone); Nándor Götz (Clarinet); Bas Wiegers (Violin); Thomas Hofer (Violin); Ania Schmiel (Oboe); Bob Koertshuis (Trumpet); Marlies Klumpenaar (Clarinet); Liz Hirst (Flute); Claudio Santambrogio (Flute); Rohan Richards (Horn); John Corbett (Clarinet); Cristina Zavalloni (Mezzo Soprano); Mats Bersgtrom
  • Conductor: Reinbert Leeuw
  • Ensemble: MusikFabrik
  • Running Time: 19 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2004