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Benjamin Schweitzer: Chamber Music / Ensemble Courage

Album Summary

>Schweitzer, Benjamin : Abgesang (Dafne-Fragment), for 1 or 2 voices, violin, viola & percussion
>Schweitzer, Benjamin : achteinhalb, for voice & chamber ensemble
>Schweitzer, Benjamin : Anfange/Netze (Malbork 2), for flute, clarinet, violin, viola, cello & piano
>Schweitzer, Benjamin : entschlackt (Piece in 2 parts), for oboe, trumpet, cello & piano
>Schweitzer, Benjamin : dull roots & spring rain, for flute, oboe & bassoon
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Notes & Reviews:

Benjamin Schweitzer began his musical studies at the junior department of the Lubeck Music Academy. At age sixteen, he received several prizes at composition and instrumental competitions for young musicians. He completed his studies at the Dresden Music Academy and spent a year studying with Paavo Heininen at the Sibelius Academy. The chamber music works compiled on this recording, performed by the Ensemble Courage led by Titus Engel, were written between 2005 and 2008. They document the composer's quest for something one could describe as "beauty." Schweitzer leaves aside components such as melodic elements and virtuoso figurations in favor of extremely fine gradations of a few chosen sounds and textures.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Studio Gärtnerstraáe, Berlin (12/05/2011-12/08/2011).



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>Schweitzer, Benjamin : Abgesang (Dafne-Fragment), for 1 or 2 voices, violin, viola & percussion
  • Performers: Matthias Engler (Drums); Marion Leleu (Viola); Karina Muller (Violin); Olivia Stahn
  • Conductor: Titus Engel
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Courage
  • Notes: Studio Gärtnerstraáe, Berlin (12/05/2011-12/08/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2005

>Schweitzer, Benjamin : achteinhalb, for voice & chamber ensemble
  • Performers: John Eckhardt (Double Bass); Matthias Engler (Drums); Elise Jacoberger (Bassoon); Matthias Jann (Trombone); Marion Leleu (Viola); Matthias Lorenz (Cello); Karina Muller (Violin); Katrin Paulitz (Flute); Nathan Plante (Trumpet); Tobias Schwencke (Piano); Olivia Stahn; Susanne Stock (Accordion); Antje Thierbach (Oboe); Georg Wettin (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Titus Engel
  • Notes: Studio Gärtnerstraáe, Berlin (12/05/2011-12/08/2011)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007

>Schweitzer, Benjamin : Anfänge/Netze (Malbork 2), for flute, clarinet, violin, viola, cello & piano
  • Performers: Marion Leleu (Viola); Uta-Maria Lempert (Violin); Matthias Lorenz (Cello); Katrin Paulitz (Flute); Georg Wettin (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Titus Engel
  • Notes: Studio Gärtnerstraáe, Berlin (12/05/2011-12/08/2011)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2006

>Schweitzer, Benjamin : entschlackt (Piece in 2 parts), for oboe, trumpet, cello & piano
  • Performers: Matthias Lorenz (Cello); Nathan Plante (Trumpet); Tobias Schwencke (Piano); Antje Thierbach (Oboe)
  • Conductor: Titus Engel
  • Notes: Studio Gärtnerstraáe, Berlin (12/05/2011-12/08/2011)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2006-2007

>Schweitzer, Benjamin : dull roots & spring rain, for flute, oboe & bassoon
  • Performers: Elise Jacoberger (Bassoon); Katrin Paulitz (Flute); Antje Thierbach (Oboe)
  • Conductor: Titus Engel
  • Notes: Studio Gärtnerstraáe, Berlin (12/05/2011-12/08/2011)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008

>Schweitzer, Benjamin : Abgesang (Dafne-Fragment), for 1 or 2 voices, violin, viola & percussion
  • Performers: Matthias Engler (Drums); Marion Leleu (Viola); Karina Muller (Violin); Olivia Stahn; Georg Wettin (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Titus Engel
  • Notes: Studio Gärtnerstraáe, Berlin (12/05/2011-12/08/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2005