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Music of Poul Ruders, Vol. 6

Audio Samples

>Ruders, Poul : Concerto for Piano no 2
>Ruders, Poul : Bel Canto
>Ruders, Poul : Serenade on the Shores of the Cosmic Ocean, for accordion & string quartet

Album Summary

>Ruders, Poul : Concerto for Piano no 2
>Ruders, Poul : Bel Canto
>Ruders, Poul : Serenade on the Shores of the Cosmic Ocean, for accordion & string quartet
Performers Conductor Ensemble
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Composer

Notes & Reviews:

With the international success of his operas and symphonic works during the past decade, the Danish composer Poul Ruders has been acclaimed as a major figure in today’s musical world. Volume 6 of Bridge’s Poul Ruders series presents the premiere recordings of recent solo, chamber and orchestral compositions. The newest work is Ruders’s Piano Concerto No. 2, a brilliant 24-minute composition in three movements. The work was recorded by its first executants, the Russian/American piano virtuoso Vassily Primakov, and the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, conducted by Thomas Søndergård. Bel Canto was composed by Ruders for the Carl Nielsen International Violin Competition. The short work is introverted in nature, and is in effect a study in sustained playing and refined tone. Serenade on the Shores of the Cosmic Ocean is arguably Ruders’s finest chamber work - a 33 minute, nine movement piece, inspired by the writings of the late Carl Sagan. In this piece, Ruders produces a stunning variety of textures and expression from his five performers.

"The fount of creative energy that has sustained Poul Ruders since the late 1960s shows no sign of running dry. Or so, at least, this trio of works from the past decade affirms...Imagine [Gubaidulina's] symbolic sound world shot through with the energy of Ligeti and you have some idea of the rewards in store from this marvellous disc, all of which is superbly played and recorded." -Gramophone

"This is listed as Volume 6 in a series of recordings of works by the masterly Danish composer Poul Ruders, but it stands on its own with an exciting selection of recent scores. The Piano Concerto No. 2 is especially great: a madcap and audaciously eclectic piece featuring the pianist Vassily Primakov in a dazzling performance." -The New York Times



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Works Details

>Ruders, Poul : Concerto for Piano no 2
  • Performer: Vassily Primakov (Piano)
  • Conductor: Thomas Sondergard
  • Notes: Studios of Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK), Oslo, Norway (10/21/2010-10/22/2010)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 2009-2010

>Ruders, Poul : Bel Canto
  • Performer: Rune Sorensen (Violin)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2004

>Ruders, Poul : Serenade on the Shores of the Cosmic Ocean, for accordion & string quartet
  • Performer: Mikko Luoma (Accordion)
  • Running Time: 32 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2004