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Schattenspiele (Shadow Games)

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: Maaike Aarts (Violin); Stephan Krings (Bassoon); Liz Hirst (Flute); Bob Koertshuis (Trumpet); Nándor Götz; Françoise Groben (Cello); Ania Schmiel (Oboe); Arnold Marinissen (Drums); Uwe Dierksen (Trombone); Virginie Tarrete (Harp); Thorsten Johanns (Clarinet); Hae Kang (Violin); Gerdur Gunnarsdottir (Violin); Dominica Eyckmans (Viola); Jodie Lawson (Horn)
  • 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: Carlos Tarcha (Drums); Michael Weilacher (Drums); Richard Haynes (Clarinet); Michael Tiepold (Double Bass); Johannes Nied (Double Bass); Heidi Mockert (Bassoon); Ales Klancar (Trumpet); Mirjam Schroder (Harp)
  • 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: Maria Spengler (Violin); Helen Bledsoe (Flute); Benjamin Spillner (Violin); Virginie Tarrete (Harp)
  • 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: Bob Koertshuis (Trumpet); Michel Marang (Clarinet); Liz Hirst (Flute); Maria Spengler (Violin); Jelte Althuis (Bass Clarinet); Sascha Armbruster (Saxophone); Jelte Althuis (Clarinet); Benjamin Spillner (Violin)
  • Conductor: James Wood
  • Ensemble: MusikFabrik
  • Running Time: 13 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2003