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Johann Schöllhorn: Clouds and Sky / Gareth Davis, bass clarinet; Jack Quart

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>Schollhorn, Johannes : Clouds and Sky, for piano & orchestra
>Schollhorn, Johannes : Rota, for contrabass clarinet & string quartet
>Schollhorn, Johannes : Red and Blue, sextet for percussion
>Schollhorn, Johannes : A Self-Same-Song, for contrabass clarinet

Album Summary

>Schollhorn, Johannes : Clouds and Sky, for piano & orchestra
>Schollhorn, Johannes : Rota, for contrabass clarinet & string quartet
>Schollhorn, Johannes : Red and Blue, sextet for percussion
>Schollhorn, Johannes : A Self-Same-Song, for contrabass clarinet
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Johannes Schollhorn (b. 1962), a student of Ferneyhough, Huber and Nunes, is among Germany's leading younger generation composers. This is the first release of his music on an American label.

Clouds and Sky is based on a late Nocturne by Gabriel Faure, which the orchestra plays I absolute slow motion while the piano soloist plays the original Faure. The slow tempo and the soft orchestration transform the harmonic and melodic progression into something completely different - a big, but transparent, painting inspired by James McNeill Whistler's painting "Clouds and Sky, Venice."

Red and Blue, for percussion sextet, is a metallic landscape akin to the large abstract paintings of Barnett Newman, where the listener is completely surrounded by a wave of different tam-tam colors with cymbal and crotales overtones.

rota, for contrabass clarinet and string quartet, is an intensive sequence of different rotating musical elements, at the same time archaic and complex like the Spanish dance called rota. It shows a wide range of expressions - from harsh and virtuoso counterpoint to lyrical solo parts and poetic sound fields. The clarinet is integrated into the sound of the string quartet as a bass voice, widening the register of the strings.

A self-same-song, is a wild and virtuoso solo for contrabass clarinet based on Gershwin's "A Foggy Day."



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>Schollhorn, Johannes : Clouds and Sky, for piano & orchestra
  • Performer: Jan Schulze (Piano)
  • Conductor: Peter Rundel
  • Running Time: 23 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 2010

>Schollhorn, Johannes : Rota, for contrabass clarinet & string quartet
  • Performer: Gareth Davis
  • Running Time: 17 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 2008

>Schollhorn, Johannes : Red and Blue, sextet for percussion
  • Running Time: 15 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1999

>Schollhorn, Johannes : A Self-Same-Song, for contrabass clarinet
  • Performer: Gareth Davis
  • Running Time: 4 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2010