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Contrechant: Music for Solo Clarinet by Berio, Carter, Holliger, Vajda et al. / Reto Bieri, clarinet

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>Berio, Luciano [Composer] : Lied, for clarinet
>Holliger, Heinz : Contrechant (sur le nom de Baudelaire), for clarinet
>Sciarrino, Salvatore : Let me die before I wake, for clarinet in B-flat
>Carter, Elliott : Gra
>Holliger, Heinz : Rechant, for clarinet
>Eötvös, Peter : Derwischtanz, for clarinet
>Vajda, Gergely : Lightshadow-trembling, for solo clarinet (Homage to Andras Petocz)

Album Summary

>Berio, Luciano [Composer] : Lied, for clarinet
>Holliger, Heinz : Contrechant (sur le nom de Baudelaire), for clarinet
>Sciarrino, Salvatore : Let me die before I wake, for clarinet in B-flat
>Carter, Elliott : Gra
>Holliger, Heinz : Rechant, for clarinet
>Eötvös, Peter : Derwischtanz, for clarinet
>Vajda, Gergely : Lightshadow-trembling, for solo clarinet (Homage to Andras Petocz)
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The highly gifted Swiss clarinettist Reto Bieri makes his ECM New Series debut with 'Contrechant', a brilliant recital for solo clarinet that looks at new developmental possibilities in the 'language' of the instrument in modern music. A wonderful panorama of contemporary music for clarinet by giants of new music - Elliott Carter (the grand old man of US music who celebrates his 103rd birthday in December), Heinz Holliger, Luciano Berio, Peter Eötvös and Salvatore Sciarrino plus an intriguing work by much discussed young Hungarian composer Gergely Vajda. Beautifully recorded with producer Manfred Eicher in St Gerold, the works chosen by Bieri for this enterprising programme are Berio's Lied (1983); Holliger's Contrechant (2007) and Rechant from the following year; Let me die before I wake (1982) by Salvatore Sciarrino; Carter's Gra (1993); Eötvös's Derwischtanz (1993/2001); and Lightshadow-trembling, a piece composed by Gergely Vajda in1993. Bieri worked closely with composers Carter, Holliger, Eötvös, Sciarrino and Vajda toward the optimum realization of the pieces heard here. Collectively the works address the new language of the contemporary clarinet.

"This collection of contemporary solo works reveals [Bieri] as a wonderfully controlled and subtle interpreter...The nearest to repertory works are Luciano Berio's beautifully shaped and coloured Lied, from 1983, and Elliott Carter's Gra, a gruff 80th-birthday tribute to Witold Lutoslawski; Peter Eötvös's Derwischtanz and Gergely Vajda's Lightshadow Trembling" -The Guardian

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Propstei St. Gerold (09/2010).



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Works Details

>Berio, Luciano [Composer] : Lied, for clarinet
  • Performer: Reto Bieri (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1983

>Holliger, Heinz : Contrechant (sur le nom de Baudelaire), for clarinet
  • Performer: Reto Bieri (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007

>Sciarrino, Salvatore : Let me die before I wake, for clarinet in B-flat
  • Performer: Reto Bieri (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1982

>Carter, Elliott : Gra
  • Performer: Reto Bieri (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1993-1996

>Holliger, Heinz : Rechant, for clarinet
  • Performer: Reto Bieri (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008

>Peter Eötvös (1944 - ) : Derwischtanz, for clarinet
  • Performer: Reto Bieri (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1993

>Vajda, Gergely : Lightshadow-trembling, for solo clarinet (Homage to András Petocz)
  • Performer: Reto Bieri (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1993