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Chamber Music, page 79

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Gérard Grisey: Solo Pour Deux / Ernesto Molinari

Gérard Grisey: Solo Pour Deux / Ernesto Molinari
ID: KAI0012502
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subcollection: Clarinet

I - that sacred time:
Cut to pieces by the media, drowned in over-information, measured in this age of zapping and clips, this time, the time which Bataille called ‘sacred’, the time of Art, Love and Creativeness, the instant when something unprecedented happens, can only be preserved by the artist if he completely resists this late 20th century environment. Paradoxically, however, these are precisely the rhythms which feed and inspire him. This is the only world which calls forth his questions. And so, the response to this discontinued flood of information will be a music finding its unity and continuity. Its wintry slowness will be the reversed echo of a stress-ridden world rushing towards its end.
II - Zwitschermaschine:
Think of whales, men and birds. When you hear the songs of the whales, they are so spaced out that what sounds like a gigantic, drawn-out and endless moan is perhaps only one consonant to them. This means that it is impossible to perceive their speech with our constant of time. Similarly, when we hear a bird sing, our impression is that it sounds very high-pitched and agitated. for its constant of time is much shorter than ours. It is difficult for us to perceive its subtle variations of timbre, while it may perceive us, perhaps, as we perceive the whales. (Gérard Grisey)

Includes booklet with text by Gérard Grisey and Wolfgang Hofer
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Benjamin Schmid / Anthony Spiri: J.S. Bach: Six Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord

Benjamin Schmid / Anthony Spiri: J.S. Bach: Six Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord
ID: OC248
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Subcollection: Violin

* Sebastian Hess, cello
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Shura Cherkassky - The Complete HMV Stereo Recordings

Shura Cherkassky - The Complete HMV Stereo Recordings
ID: FHR04
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Collection: Chamber Music
Subcollection: Piano

Like many other artists, the great Russian pianist Shura Cherkassky fled from what became Soviet Russia and settled in the USA. A student of Josef Hoffman, Cherkassky is considered by many critics to be the last great Romantic pianist. This release from the brand-new First Hand Records label is published to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Cherkassky's birth. Most of the tracks here are issued in stereo for the first time and many have never before appeared on CD. This set, which features over two hours of music, is a significant historical classical piano release and provides a major boost to the limited Cherkassky discography currently available.

A 2CD set of Shura Cherkassky's complete and unpublished stereo recordings made for the HMV record label over 50 years ago. Remastered from the original stereo tapes, First Hand Records released the recordings in May 2009, the majority of which have appear for the first time in any format.
Recorded in 1956 & 1958 at Abbey Road Studios, London and remastered there in 2009. The set spans over 400 years of keyboard repertoire, from Bach to Poulenc.

Recorded in Abbey Road Studio No. 3, London, 1956 & 1958, and Kingsway Hall, London, 1958 (Litolff Scherzo)

INTERNATIONAL PIANO MAGAZINE AWARD WINNER FOR BEST REISSUE/VINTAGE RELEASE OF 2009

Issue note:
Throughout his recording career, Cherkassky flirted with different record labels, never really settling with one company. His first recording for an EMI company was in 1929 (HMV) and the last, a recording of the Litolff Scherzo, in 1967 (New World Records). He was wary of the recording studio, feeling happier performing to an audience, which resulted in a comparatively limited discography. Cherkassky was probably at his peak in the mid to late 1950s, just as his career began to accelerate in the UK. These HMV recordings, made in 1956 and 1958, contain some of the earliest EMI stereo recordings, when the technology was still at an experimental stage (EMI introduced twin-track 7.5 ips stereosonic tapes in 1955, followed in 1958 by stereophonic LPs). Quite often, these stereo recordings suffered from technical problems, including equipment failure, which resulted in many recordings not even making it to tape. Some EMI recording sessions from this period were taped in both mono and stereo concurrently, including these Cherkassky recordings. Only the mono versions were intended for immediate release as the equipment for playing stereo LPs was not yet widely available. Indeed, the majority of the tracks on this CD release have only ever been published in their mono versions. The Chopin works, apart from Ballade No. 3, was released on stereosonic tape in 1957 and the Litolff Scherzo appeared in 1963 on a stereo LP entitled “An Evening at the Proms”.

The recordings on this CD issue were made at Abbey Road Studios, London (Litolff Scherzo was recorded in Kingsway Hall, London) and remastered there in 2009 using the original EMI stereo source tapes. These tapes had been left dormant in the EMI archive for over 50 years, alongside masses of other unpublished stereo recordings from this era, which still remain untouched.
The preservation of the piano’s natural acoustic sound was a vital part of the remastering process. With this in mind, we chose not to make an issue of removing the audible hiss that is present on the tapes, to avoid diminishing the acoustic depth and dynamic range of the piano.

Although remembered mainly for his performances of romantic repertoire, Cherkassky had wide-ranging and sometimes idiosyncratic tastes in programming. Alongside standard repertoire, he was also known to perform music by Boulez, Stockhausen, Ligeti and even performed boogie-woogie! This CD release illustrates this diversity of style in a mixture of musical bonbons, warhorses and encore works spanning three centuries. Cherkassky’s trademark lyricism, his exciting unpredictability and his dazzling virtuosity are in abundance throughout this significant historical issue. This is a significant addition to the Cherkassky discography.
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WOLFGAG RIHM - Trios 1969-1994

WOLFGAG RIHM - Trios 1969-1994
ID: KAI0012892
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Chamber Music
Subcollection: Chamber Ensemble

This CD combines pieces for three instruments, trios - and yet it is very remote from the contemplatively muted frame-work of traditional chamber music. The small group of musicians does not establish intimacy, but causes the gaps, warpings, abysses in Rihm's music to widen even further instead. When the three instrumentalists position themselves as far away from each other in the calm scene "am horizont" (on the horizon), this is only an external sign for the extreme tension that prevails: delicacy of sound and wild noise, falling silent and eloquence, conglomeration and decomposition - accompanied by covert (auto)biographical allusions to Ingeborg Bachman or Karlheinz Stockhausen, Rudi Stephan or Maurizio Kagel.
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Misato Mochizuki - Si bleu, si calme - Klangforum Wien - Johannes Kalitzke

Misato Mochizuki - Si bleu, si calme - Klangforum Wien - Johannes Kalitzke
ID: KAI0012402
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Chamber Music
Subcollection: Piano and Clarinet

Si bleu, si calme: The natural cycles of water and air are the underlying ideas of "Si bleu, si calme": condensation and evaporation, winds and currents. "Bleu" (blue) stands for the elements air and water, and "Calme" (calm) refers to space and silence. In musical terms, the complex "Bleu" tends toward development and growing complexity, while "Calme" works on the simplification of intervals and rhythmical figures.

Includes booklet with text by Misato Mochizuki
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MANUEL HIDALGO - Hacia

MANUEL HIDALGO - Hacia
ID: KAI0012982
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Chamber Music
Subcollection: Chamber Ensemble

Concertmaster: Judita Haeberlin, Barbara Bultmann

The pieces of this cd are new compositions of Manuel Hidalgo and arrangements of works by Ludwig van Beethoven. Hidalgo was born in Atequera in 1956 and was a student of Helmut Lachenmann.
A glance at his catalogue of works reveals Hidalgo’s intense interest in the “Beethoven the giant,” whose music-alongside that of Mozart-has accompanied him since childhood. His Beethoven arrangements range from the Scherzo of the Symphony No. 9 op. 125 to the Heiliger Dankgesang op. 132 for voices, and from the Introduction and Fugue of the Hammerklavier Sonata op. 106 for accordion and orchestra to the variation movement from Beethoven’s Piano Sonata op. 109. The latest addition to this group of works is the Bagatelles. (Patrick Hahn)


Includes booklet with text by Patrick Hahn
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HUGUES DUFOURT - L´Afrique et L´Asie d´après Tiepolo

HUGUES DUFOURT - L´Afrique et L´Asie d´après Tiepolo
ID: KAI0013142
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Chamber Music
Subcollection: Chamber Ensemble

Dufourt’s works typically appear to be something like the slow differentiation of an overarching “structural sound” (Lachenmann), like a “texture which tears apart and grows back together again, albeit with a unified note that prevents the work from disintegrating.” Here, harmonic objects are endlessly weighed, turned over, put under a magnifying glass, stretched, distorted slightly, filtered and rubbed to dust via instrumentation, with the fine line between chord and timbre drifting this way and that. (Martin Kaltenecker)

Includes booklet with texts by Hugues Dufourt and Martin Kaltenecker
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JESUS RUEDA - String quartets - KNM Berlin

JESUS RUEDA - String quartets - KNM Berlin
ID: KAI0013122
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subcollection: String instruments

In his String Quartets Rueda exhibits, his special capacity for inextricably bringing together an array of compositional techniques and results, structure and instinctive feeling, a latent capacity for development and communication. The quartets of Jesús Rueda act as a renewal of the heartfelt consciousness to sense and feel music, something to which we have always been getting closer to. (Javier Arias Bal)

Includes booklet with texts by Javier Arias Bal
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ALBERTO POSADAS - Glossopoeia

ALBERTO POSADAS - Glossopoeia
ID: KAI0013112
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Chamber Music
Subcollection: Chamber Ensemble

Due to the style in which he combines and joins his sonic material, Posadas’ compatriots often refer to his music as “Francophile”. Beyond the Pyrenees and above all in Francophone countries, where many doors of opportunity were opened to him (including by Festival d’Automne in Paris, Agora Festival (IRCAM), Strasbourg’s MUSICA and Brussels’ Ars Musica), the opposite is true: there, he is viewed as a genuinely Spanish composer due to the power and aplomb that emanate from even his more transparent masses of sound.
(José L. Besada)

Includes booklet with text by José L. Besada
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UNSUK CHIN - Xi

UNSUK CHIN - Xi
ID: KAI0013062
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Chamber Music
Subcollection: Vocal and Piano

Like Xi and Fantaisie mécanique, the Double Concerto for prepared piano, percussion and ensemble (2002) was written for the Paris-based Ensemble intercontemporain. Its central compositional idea is that of combining its two antagonists - soloists and ensemble - to create a single homogeneous body of sound. While the soloists provide the impulse for the motivic cells, the ensemble takes up these cells and develops them further. Here too Unsuk Chin uses the idea of metamorphosis to realize a coherent musical texture that is nonetheless constantly growing The sonorities and the complex rhythmic layering of the piece are to some extent influenced by Balinese gamelan music. (Martin Demmler)
“I’ve tried to write music that’s highly coloured in character and expression, freely flowing and flexible, and which sometimes develops in entirely unexpected directions.”

Includes booklet with text by Martin Demmler
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