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Touch! Don't Touch! - Music for Theremin / Buchholz, Kavina

Album Summary

>Bochihina, Olga : Canto Ostinato, for 2 theremins, piano & percussion
>Walter, Caspar Johannes : Vakuum-Halluzinationen, for 2 theremins, violin & cello
>Vroe, Nicolaus Richter de : Thereminskie ostrova (Theremin-Inseln), for 2 theremins, piano & percussion
>Hirsch, Michael : Rezitativ und Arie, for 2 theremins, violin, cello, piano & percussion
>Klein, Juliane : se vuoi, for theremin, violin, cello, piano & percussion
>Nikolaev, Vladimir : Cherno-belaja muzyka (Schwarz-weiáe Musik), for 2 theremins, violin, cello, piano & percussion
>Eggert, Moritz : The Son of the Daughter of Dracula versus the Incredible Frankenstein Monster (from Outer Space) for
>Yusupova, Iraida : Kitezh-19, for theremin & tape
Performers Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The theremin, invented by Russian Leon Theremin, is one of the earliest fully electronic musical instruments. It is unusual in that it requires no physical contact in order to produce music and was, in fact, the first musical instrument designed to be played without being touched. The instrument consists of an array of circuitry including two antennas around which the user moves his or her hands to play. After a flurry of interest in America following the end of the Second World War, the theremin soon fell into disuse with serious musicians, mainly because newer electronic instruments were introduced that were easier to play. Since the release of the film 'Theremin: An Electric Odyssey' in 1994, the instrument has enjoyed a resurgence in interest and has become more widely used by contemporary classical and popular musicians. On 'Touch! Don't Touch!, Barbara Buchholz and Lydia Kavina pick up the thread of theremin history with new compositions. The disc features works by eight German and Russian composers who were commissioned to write pieces for two theremins and instrumental ensemble.



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Works Details

>Bochihina, Olga : Canto Ostinato, for 2 theremins, piano & percussion
  • Performers: Heather O'Donnell (Piano); Lydia Kavina (Theremin); Barbara Buchholz (Theremin)
  • Ensemble: Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin
  • Notes: Funkhaus, Berlin, Germany (10/10/2005-10/15/2005)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 29 sec.

>Walter, Caspar Johannes : Vakuum-Halluzinationen, for 2 theremins, violin & cello
  • Performers: Cosima Gerhardt (Cello); Tobias Rempe (Violin); Lydia Kavina (Theremin); Barbara Buchholz (Theremin)
  • Ensemble: Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin
  • Notes: Funkhaus, Berlin, Germany (10/10/2005-10/15/2005)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Vroe, Nicolaus Richter de : Thereminskie ostrova (Theremin-Inseln), for 2 theremins, piano & percussion
  • Performers: Heather O'Donnell (Piano); Lydia Kavina (Theremin); Barbara Buchholz (Theremin)
  • Ensemble: Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin
  • Notes: Funkhaus, Berlin, Germany (10/10/2005-10/15/2005)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2005

>Hirsch, Michael : Rezitativ und Arie, for 2 theremins, violin, cello, piano & percussion
  • Performers: Cosima Gerhardt (Cello); Tobias Rempe (Violin); Heather O'Donnell (Piano); Lydia Kavina (Theremin); Barbara Buchholz (Theremin)
  • Ensemble: Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin
  • Notes: Funkhaus, Berlin, Germany (10/10/2005-10/15/2005)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Klein, Juliane : se vuoi, for theremin, violin, cello, piano & percussion
  • Performers: Cosima Gerhardt (Cello); Tobias Rempe (Violin); Heather O'Donnell (Piano); Lydia Kavina (Theremin); Barbara Buchholz (Theremin)
  • Ensemble: Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin
  • Notes: Funkhaus, Berlin, Germany (10/10/2005-10/15/2005)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 39 sec.

>Nikolaev, Vladimir : Cherno-belaja muzyka (Schwarz-weiáe Musik), for 2 theremins, violin, cello, piano & percussion
  • Performers: Cosima Gerhardt (Cello); Tobias Rempe (Violin); Heather O'Donnell (Piano); Lydia Kavina (Theremin); Barbara Buchholz (Theremin)
  • Ensemble: Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin
  • Notes: Funkhaus, Berlin, Germany (10/10/2005-10/15/2005)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 6 sec.

>Eggert, Moritz : The Son of the Daughter of Dracula versus the Incredible Frankenstein Monster (from Outer Space) for
  • Performers: Cosima Gerhardt (Cello); Tobias Rempe (Violin); Heather O'Donnell (Piano); Lydia Kavina (Theremin); Barbara Buchholz (Theremin)
  • Ensemble: Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin
  • Notes: Funkhaus, Berlin, Germany (10/10/2005-10/15/2005)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Yusupova, Iraida : Kitezh-19, for theremin & tape
  • Performers: Lydia Kavina (Theremin); Barbara Buchholz (Theremin)
  • Ensemble: Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin
  • Notes: Funkhaus, Berlin, Germany (10/10/2005-10/15/2005)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 13 sec.