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Chamber Music, page 80

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Birtwistle - Orpheus Elegies - Three Bach Arias

Birtwistle - Orpheus Elegies - Three Bach Arias
ID: CC2020
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subcollection: Voices

Sir Harrison Birtwistle’s compositional life from the mid 1970s to the 1980s was dominated by his opera The Mask of Orpheus, and the same period saw the origin of the Elegies, written for Melinda Maxwell and Helen Tunstall while they were working with the composer at the National Theatre.
‘They are like enchanted preludes…Enchantingly performed here’ The Sunday Times


The 24-page full colour CD booklet has a 6,000 word programme note in English including details of the Orpheus myth and Rilke's Sonnets to Orpheus, an interview with Sir Harrison Birtwistle, and a detailed track-by-track
guide, including translations. There are biographies of all the players and many photographs.


Introduction by Melinda Maxwell:

The myth of Orpheus and his music has occupied Sir Harrison Birtwistle (universally known as Harry) for most of his life, and the 26 Orpheus Elegies for oboe, harp and counter-tenor are a further comment in miniature on that myth. They are a re-telling of the story, and the mystery and power that surrounds an imagined music of Orpheus; music that represents a combination of the ethereal - Apollo - and the earthly - Dionysius; music that seduced creation itself with its power of expression.

The Sonnets to Orpheus by Rainer Maria Rilke, known to Harry for a long time, gradually became part of the composition process, and as the music was being written certain words and phrases from those sonnets seemed to clarify and strengthen the meaning of the music.

In time, Harry found that for some of the Elegies, a phrase was not enough. In Elegies 11, 13 and 14 the sonnets are set for voice in their entirety. The voice part is for counter -tenor and written for Andrew Watts. In Elegies 17, 20 and 26 portions of a sonnet are sung. For the remaining twenty Elegies, a phrase taken from a sonnet is written at the end of the instrumental music. For example, Elegy 12 (CD track 16) is fast, manic, rhythmic and repetitive, and the written words are the penultimate line of Sonnet number 5 from Rilke's first set: "the lyre's bars do not constrain his hands". As an aside these words add further meaning to the music, and the music evokes the atmosphere of the words.

Early on in the compositional process, Harry asked me about unusual sounds on the oboe, sounds encompassing harmonics and multiphonics (combinations of sounds that speak together forming chords that have unusual pitch formations and are mostly non-diatonic). I played some to him and wrote down those he liked. He particularly liked pitches that transformed and hung into multiphonics In Elegy 7 these sounds are used almost exclusively, to produce a music that is eerie and other-worldly, finishing with Rilke's words "[He emerged like] ore from the stone's silence". In the very first Elegy based around the note E, Birtwistle uses a double harmonic of an open fifth on E to splice, enrich and delve inside the sound, reaching further depths of expression. Rilke's words for this stark opening are "A tree has risen. Oh pure transcendence!".

Three of the Elegies use metronomes, and these give out a mechanical, inevitable, sense to the music. Elegy 25 uses two metronome pulses at slightly different speeds; Rilke's words are "Does time, the wrecker, really exist?".

The idea for the piece began in the late 1970s when Harry and I and the harpist Helen Tunstall were working at the National Theatre in London, and he expressed the wish to write a piece for oboe and harp. The first draft was written for the 2003 Cheltenham Festival, although not all the Elegies were completed and it was still a work in progress. Certain revisions and further additions ensued, and a longer version appeared in the 2004 Cheltenham Festival. Betty Freeman paid for the commission and Heinz and Ursula Holliger gave the world premičre with Andrew Watts at the Lucerne Festival in September 2004. The London premičre was given by myself, Helen and Andrew in October 2004 at the South Bank.

Throughout many rehearsals and subsequent performances in the UK and at the Holland (2006) and Bregenz (2007) Festivals, Harry offered further insights into our interpretations of phrase, nuance, pace and dynamics, and this recording is the culmination of this entire process. It is a piece full of contrasting voices, from music that is by turns warm, tender, almost wistful, and also bold, relentless, sometimes violent. Each Elegy speaks with its own voice, and such is the power of the composer's invention one feels that many more could follow.
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R. Shchedrin - Carmen Suite / Russian Photographs / Velicanie: Chamber Orchestra Kremlin - Rachlevsky

R. Shchedrin - Carmen Suite / Russian Photographs / Velicanie: Chamber Orchestra Kremlin - Rachlevsky
ID: CLAVES502207
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Chamber Music
Subcollection: Chamber Orchestra

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Chamber Orchestra Kremlin: Reinecke

Chamber Orchestra Kremlin: Reinecke
ID: CLAVES502107
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Chamber Music
Subcollection: Chamber Orchestra

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Astor Piazzolla - Zuercher Klaviertrio - Schnyder - Ives

Astor Piazzolla - Zuercher Klaviertrio - Schnyder - Ives
ID: CLAVES502106
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Chamber Music
Subcollection: Trio

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Quartett Terpsycordes - Robert Schumann - The 3 String Quartets

Quartett Terpsycordes - Robert Schumann - The 3 String Quartets
ID: CLAVES502404
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Chamber Music
Subcollection: Quartet

Quatuor Terpsycordes, quartet
Caroline Haas, viola
Raya Raytcheva, violin
Girolamo Bottiglieri, violin
Francois Grin, cello
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W.A. Mozart - String Quartets - Quartet Sine Nomine

W.A. Mozart - String Quartets - Quartet Sine Nomine
ID: CLAVES509903
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Chamber Music
Subcollection: Quartet

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Schubert - String Quartets in Orchestral Versions - Chamber Orchesta Kremlin - Rachlevsky

Schubert - String Quartets in Orchestral Versions - Chamber Orchesta Kremlin - Rachlevsky
ID: CLAVES509620
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Chamber Music
Subcollection: Chamber Orchestra

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Italian String Quartets:Donizetti - Cambini - Verdi - Puccini - Giovane Quartetto Italiano

Italian String Quartets:Donizetti - Cambini - Verdi - Puccini - Giovane Quartetto Italiano
ID: CLAVES509114
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Chamber Music
Subcollection: Quartet

G.M. Cambini:
String Quartet Op. 40/3

G. Donizetti:
String Quartet No. 7 in F Minor

G.Puccini:
String Quartet in D

G. Verdi:
String Quartet in E minor
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Dvorak - Suk - Janacek - Serenades: Music for Strings - Granada Chamber Orchestra - Rachlevsky

Dvorak - Suk - Janacek - Serenades: Music for Strings - Granada Chamber Orchestra - Rachlevsky
ID: CLAVES509013
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Chamber Music
Subcollection: Chamber Orchestra

A. Dvorak:
Serenade for Strings in E major, Op. 22

L. Janacek:
Suite for string orchestra, JW 6/2

J. Suk:
Serenade for String Orchestra in E flat, Op. 6
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J.M.Haydn - String Quartets - Sonare Quartet - Streichquartette

J.M.Haydn - String Quartets - Sonare Quartet - Streichquartette
ID: CLAVES508811
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Chamber Music
Subcollection: Quartet

M. Haydn
String Quartet in C, MH313 (P116)
String Quartet in E flat, MH309 (P118)
String Quartet in F, MH312 (P119)
String Quartet in G minor, MH311 (P120)
String Quartet in A, MH310 (P122)
String Quartet in A, MH308 (P124)
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