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Johannes Kalitze - Vier Toteninseln. Six Covered Settings.

 
Johannes Kalitze - Vier Toteninseln. Six Covered Settings.-Voices and Orchestra
ID: KAI0012702 (EAN: 9120010281273)  | 1 CD | DDD
Released in: 2007
LABEL:
KAIROS
Subcollection:
Voices and Orchestra
Composers:
KALITZE, Johannes
Interprets:
BAJUSZ, Izso (violin) | BAUER, Thomas E. (baritone) | KATANIC, Predrag (viola) | LARCHER, Thomas (piano) | SIGL, Peter (cello) | STADLER, Frank (violin)
Ensembles:
Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin | Stadler Quartett
Conductors:
KALITZE, Johannes
Other info:

Stadler Quartett:
Frank Stadler, violin / Izso Bajusz, violin / Predrag Katanic, viola / Peter Sigl, cello

The stadler quartet was founded in Salzburg in 1992 by the Mozarteum Orchestra´s current concert master, Frank Stadler. The quartet´s members (Frank Stadler, Izso Bajusz, Predrag Katanic, and Peter Sigl) are also members of the renowned Österreichisches Ensemble für Neue Musik (oenm, or Austrian Ensemble for Contemporary Music).

Together, they form the core of the versatile ensemble, which performs a wide range of music but is particularly committed to contemporary music. The stadler quartet has likewise made it their goal to devote themselves to the preparation and study of contemporary works, including the most recent compositions. Since its founding they premiered around 150 works, many dedicated to them.

The repertoire also includes the key works and the standard repertoire of the 20th-century. However, the basis of their music-making remains the great works of the classical and romantic string-quartet tradition. This diversity has earned the quartet an excellent reputation on the concert stage, well beyond specialist circles.

The quartet greatly values their on-going collaboration with contemporary composers, including George Crumb, Helmut Lachenmann, György Kurtág, Johannes Kalitzke, Peter Ruzicka, Jörg Widmann and Chaya Czernowin. The quartet´s appearance in the Salzburger Festival and their numerous concerts and concert series in Salzburg ("ASPEKTE" festival, among others) serve to demonstrate yet again the quality of the quartet and their esteem in the eyes of the public and music circles.

One of the highpoints in the stadler quartet's career was their spectacular execution of Karlheinz Stockhausen's Helicopter Quartet in the Salzburg Festival.

The Four have toured Holland, the Czech Republic, Germany, Slovenia, Norway, Italy, Japan, Korea and Brasil.

The stadler quartet received the prize for "Neues Hören" or "New Listening" from the International Summer Academy of the Mozarteum .

In 2005, the stadler quartet interpretated (in image and sound) Steve Reich´s work "Different Trains" for a documentary film about Betty Freeman.

The “Four Islands of the Dead” are musical “over-paintings” of “Four Serious Songs” by Johannes Brahms; a work of his later years, songs of consolation for the growing certainty, increasingly personal, of his insight into the transient nature of earthly existence. These songs are like places on a shore made safe by biblical texts, from which one glimpses a dark space, the space of the here-and-now. The idea of a hereafter in the course of modern history, with its progressive centuries-long tendency to secularisation, has become more and more diffuse, so that the phenomenon of death at present is often now entirely repressed; a facade of outwardly life-affirming diversions displaces the view to that area outside one‘s personal experience of time. Böcklin‘s “Islands of the Dead” is a suitable comparison here: what lies hidden beyond the shores of the island, behind silence and darkness, is no longer a question of faith, but has come much more a matter of imagination, of fantasy. The essential subject-matter is invisible.

Includes booklet with text by Johannes Kalitzke
Tracklist
 
KALITZE, Johannes (b. 1959) 
1. 1. Satz6:36 
2. 2. Satz6:14 
3. 3. Satz4:48 
4. 4. Satz9:15 
5. Torso4:11 
6. Study for a crucifixion2:05 
7. Calvary3:20 
8. Reliquaire6:10 
9. Fleurs du Mal2:44 
10. Blindensturz5:17 

 

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