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