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Jorg Widmann: Elegie / Christoph Poppen

Album Summary

>Widmann, Jörg : Messe, for chorus & orchestra
>Widmann, Jörg : Bruchstucke (5), for clarinet & piano
>Widmann, Jörg : Elegy, for clarinet & orchestra
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The Times
This fine portrait disc begins with Messe, an orchestral Mass without words - impressive, if a little remote. But humanity leaps back with some playful clarinet miniatures and the eloquent memorial of Élégie, with Widmann soaring with his clarinet, far beyond what would ordinarily be possible. Committed playing too from Christoph Poppen and the German Radio Philharmonic.

The Arts Desk - Graham Rickson
The magnificent opening could be the distorted recollection of a Bach Passion, and there's something deeply disquieting about the way in which Widmann's massive orchestral textures rapidly thin out into bare scraps of melody. It's followed by a sequence of tiny fragments which sound like ghostly ruminations of Baroque choral music...The return of the opening Kyrie motif at the close of Messe is highly theatrical but emotionally satisfying.

The Guardian
These concentrated miniatures of almost Webern-like brevity showcase Widmann's virtuosity as well as his comprehensive understanding of his instrument's capabilities. These qualities are projected on to a much more expansive orchestral canvas in Elegie...Widmann envisages the orchestra as "singing" the words, interspersed with purely instrumental interludes

Composer portrait of Jorg Widmann (b 1973 in Munich) with two major orchestral works bridged by Funf Bruchstucke for clarinet and piano. The Messe was composed in 2006, Elegi in 2005 while the Bruchstucke are amongst Widmann's earliest published pieces, composed in 1997. On the Bruchstucke he is joined by another great composer/performer, Heinz Holliger, heard here in a recording debut as a pianist. Widmann's astonishingly agile clarinet dominates the Elegie with a range of expression embracing trills, multiphonics and microtones. Christoph Poppen directs the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie with customary elan.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Congress Hall, Saarbrücken, Germany (05/2009); Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal, WDR Funkhaus (05/2009); SR Studio 1, Saarbrücken (05/2009); Congress Hall, Saarbrücken, Germany (06/2008-07/2008); Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal, WDR Funkhaus (06/2008-07/2008); SR Studio 1, Saarbrücken (06/2008-07/2008).



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Works Details

>Jörg Widmann (1973 - ) : Messe, for chorus & orchestra
  • Conductor: Christoph Poppen
  • Ensemble: Deutsche Radio Philharmonie
  • Running Time: 38 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 2005

>Jörg Widmann (1973 - ) : Bruchstücke (5), for clarinet & piano
  • Performers: Jörg Widmann (Clarinet); Heinz Holliger (Piano)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1997

>Jörg Widmann (1973 - ) : Elegy, for clarinet & orchestra
  • Performer: Jörg Widmann (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Christoph Poppen
  • Ensemble: Deutsche Radio Philharmonie
  • Running Time: 18 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2006