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Schattenspiele (Shadow Games)

Audio Samples

>Jarrell, Michael : ...Prisme/Incidences no 2..., for violin & ensemble
>Gervasoni, Stefano : Far niente, for double bass & 17 instruments
>Durand, Joel-Francois : Ombre / Miroir, for flute & ensemble
>Ferneyhough, Brian : Shadowtime no 6, tableaux (7) for speaker & ensemble

Album Summary

>Jarrell, Michael : ...Prisme/Incidences no 2..., for violin & ensemble
>Gervasoni, Stefano : Far niente, for double bass & 17 instruments
>Durand, Joel-Francois : Ombre / Miroir, for flute & ensemble
>Ferneyhough, Brian : Shadowtime no 6, tableaux (7) for speaker & ensemble
Performers Conductors Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

This CD takes us on a foray into the land of shadows - its compositions make remarkable use of light and shadow effects while simultaneously recalibrating the relationship between ensemble and soloist in unique ways. Michael Jarrell's violin concerto refracts the solo instrument's line through the prism of the ensemble. Stefano Gervasoni's concerto for double bass is like a dream full of odd sound forms- until the alarm goes off. Taking an (early-morning) look in the mirror, the solo flute in Durand's Ombre/Miroir finds itself still faced with shadowy creatures as well. In Brian Ferneyhough's Shadowtime VI, the angel of history appears and in verses by poet Charles Bernstein, he shows his gloomy face.

Notes & Reviews:

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



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>Jarrell, Michael : ...Prisme/Incidences no 2..., for violin & ensemble
  • Performers: Thorsten Johanns (Clarinet); Jodie Lawson (Horn); Gerdur Gunnarsdottir (Violin); Arnold Marinissen (Drums); Françoise Groben (Cello); Virginie Tarrete (Harp); Hae Kang (Violin); Ania Schmiel (Oboe); Dominica Eyckmans (Viola); Uwe Dierksen (Trombone); Nándor Götz; Bob Koertshuis (Trumpet); Stephan Krings (Bassoon); Liz Hirst (Flute); Maaike Aarts (Violin)
  • Conductor: Diego Masson
  • Ensemble: MusikFabrik
  • Running Time: 14 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1998

>Gervasoni, Stefano : Far niente, for double bass & 17 instruments
  • Performers: Mirjam Schroder (Harp); Heidi Mockert (Bassoon); Ales Klancar (Trumpet); Carlos Tarcha (Drums); Johannes Nied (Double Bass); Michael Tiepold (Double Bass); Richard Haynes (Clarinet); Michael Weilacher (Drums)
  • Conductor: Etienne Siebens
  • Ensemble: MusikFabrik
  • Running Time: 15 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1998

>Joël-François Durand : Ombre / Miroir, for flute & ensemble
  • Performers: Virginie Tarrete (Harp); Maria Spengler (Violin); Helen Bledsoe (Flute); Benjamin Spillner (Violin)
  • Conductor: James Wood
  • Ensemble: MusikFabrik
  • Running Time: 14 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2004

>Ferneyhough, Brian : Shadowtime no 6, tableaux (7) for speaker & ensemble
  • Performers: Benjamin Spillner (Violin); Liz Hirst (Flute); Michel Marang (Clarinet); Bob Koertshuis (Trumpet); Maria Spengler (Violin); Sascha Armbruster (Saxophone); Jelte Althuis (Bass Clarinet); Jelte Althuis (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: James Wood
  • Ensemble: MusikFabrik
  • Running Time: 13 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2003