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Michael Nyman: Music for Two Pianos - The Zoo Duet

Michael Nyman: Music for Two Pianos - The Zoo Duet
ID: SIGCD506
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Contemporary music

Signum Records is proud to release its first volume of music devoted to one of Britain's best known composers Michael Nyman. The Zoo Duet perform music for two pianos.
Nn one has played a greater role in bridging the divide between the worlds of classical and popular music than Michael Nyman. He has combined Purcell and Mozart, 1950s rock ‘n’ roll, ancient Sumerian quasi-feminist texts, Queens Park Rangers Football Club and innumerable other diverse musical and cultural sources to produce a style of composition which is romantic, eclectic, occasionally chaotic, but uniquely his own.
Like the best classical, jazz or pop music, Nyman’s output does stand up to closer analysis, but the secret of its appeal lies not in the field of academic, but rather in its ability to speak to a large and culturally diverse audience.
Taking a Line for a Second Walk began life in 1986 as an orchestral work from the Houston Ballet. The Water Dances, originally written for Peter Greenaway’s film Making a Splash and appearing here in its five-movement form for the first time, is in part derived from a chord progression taken from a Monteverdi madrigal.
Michael Nyman has demonstrated that it is possible to write progressive and challenging new music without alienating a large part of the classical audience while attracting an even broader rock- and pop-orientated public.
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Mark-Anthony Turnage - On All Fours

Mark-Anthony Turnage - On All Fours
ID: NMCD024M
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subcollection: Saxophone

Four imaginative and evocative works by this now well-known contemporary figure: On All Fours and Release are exciting instrumental displays demanding a characteristic battery of percussion, while Lament for a Hanging Man sets texts by Sylvia Plath.
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Milano Musica Festival - Vol. 2 - I. XENAKIS - E. VARESE - F. ROMITELLI - Asko Ensemble

Milano Musica Festival - Vol. 2 - I. XENAKIS - E. VARESE - F. ROMITELLI - Asko Ensemble
ID: STR33871
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Contemporary music
Subcollection: Voices and Chamber Ensemble

This Vol. II that Stradivarius dedicates to Milano Musica Festival, includes four chamber compositions by Iannis Xenakis: each of the four belonging to a different period of his artistic activity; the famous Octandre by Edgar Varèse, one of the pillars of 20th-century music; and Mediterraneo by Fausto Romitelli (1963-2004), an untimely death, one of the most significant composers of the present European generation. This important release by the Dutch mezzo soprano Marieke Koster and the prestigious Asko Ensemble, an outstanding contemporary music ensemble founded in 1965, is here directed by Stefan Asbury.
“absolutely a reference point in the contemporary scene” Claudio Strinati, Il Venerdì-Repubblica, April 2nd 2010

Live Recording by RAI RADIO 3 from the Verdi Hall at the Milan Conservatory
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Milano Musica Festival - Vol. 1 - I. XENAKIS - H. LACHENMAN - G. KURTÁG - L. LANÁČEK

Milano Musica Festival - Vol. 1 - I. XENAKIS - H. LACHENMAN - G. KURTÁG - L. LANÁČEK
ID: STR33870
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Contemporary music
Subcollection: Quartet

A very interesting recording linked to Milano Musica Festival, one of the most important Italian festivals of contemporary classical music. Here we find Quartetto Danel dealing with four great composers of the 20th century.
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Lukáš Hurník - Compliments - Variations on the Theme by Frank Zappa

Lukáš Hurník - Compliments - Variations on the Theme by Frank Zappa
ID: UP0177
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Contemporary music
Subcollection: Orchestra

(1) - Kateřina Pavlíková, baritone saxophone / Pavel Fiedler, soprano saxophone / Prague Philharmonia - Jiří Bělohlávek
(1 - 6) Talich Chamber Orchestra - Tomáš Netopil
(7 - 9) Roman Patočka, violin / Prague Symphony Orchestra - Vladimír Válek
(10) Herold String Quartet
(11) Philharmonia Hradec Králové- Marek Štilec
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Novak Trio - Czech Comtemporary Music: Krcek - Gemrot - Hurník - Svoboda

Novak Trio - Czech Comtemporary Music: Krcek - Gemrot - Hurník - Svoboda
ID: UP0032
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Contemporary music
Subcollection: Trio

Novák Trio:
Gabriela Krčková - oboe
Štěpán Koutník - clarinet
Vladimír Lejčko - basoon
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Lukáš Hurnik - Fusion Music

Lukáš Hurnik - Fusion Music
ID: UP0014
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Contemporary music
Subcollection: Voice, Piano and Orchestra

Hurnik, L:
Magnificat
Jiri Rohan (double bass), Ales Barta (organ)
Prague Philharmonic Chorus, Pavel Baxa
Fusion Music
In Modo Camerale
Madrigals (3)
Veronika Hoslova, Jana Kadochova, Marta Marinova (vocals)
Trio Sonata in Honour of Jan Dismas Zelenka
Quartetto con Flauto
Hot Suite
Veroslav Nemec, Jitka Nemcova (piano duo)
Compound
Prague Chamber Orchestra, Jiří Bělohlávek
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Czech Contemporary Music For Oboe: Teml - Krček - Šesták - Málek. G. Krčková, oboe

Czech Contemporary Music For Oboe: Teml - Krček - Šesták - Málek. G. Krčková, oboe
ID: UP0160
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Contemporary music
Subcollection: Oboe

Gabriela Krčková (oboe, English horn, oboe d’amore), Kateřina Jansová (flute), Hana Jouzová (harp), Daniel Wiesner (piano)
Musica Bohemica Praha - Jaroslav Krček
rec. Evangelical Church, Prague, 2014 (all Krček items and Flight of the Bumblebee),
Church of St.Vavřinec, Prague, 2011 (Šesták), Czech Radio 1996 (Temi); 1998 (Málek)
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Jesus Torres - Manatial de Luz

Jesus Torres - Manatial de Luz
ID: KAI0013012
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Chamber Music
Subcollection: Piano

Jesus Torres (born in Saragossa, 1965) is one of the key figures in a very talented generation of Spanish composers who have made a significant contribution to the further development of music in Europe. While they share neither a style nor an ideational background, they do share their point of departure: artistically speaking, they are all "grandchildren" of the great innovators of the post-war period; they came to music after the avant-garde had already gained a permanent, emphatic foothold at the academies - and begun their subsequent march into aesthetic isolation. In order to break free from this, Torres and his colleagues set off on highly individual and divergent musical paths that, viewed as a whole, still set a remarkable example.
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Michael Jarrell - Cassandre - a spoken opera for ensemble and actress

Michael Jarrell - Cassandre - a spoken opera for ensemble and actress
ID: KAI0012912
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Opera Collection

It's stretching the conventional, technical definition of the term to call Swiss composer Michael Jarrell's spoken monodrama "Cassandre" an opera, but that's the composer's description of it, and as such, it ought to be respected. It does consist of a musical narrative accompanying a verbal narrative, so even though it doesn't involve singing, it comes closer to standard opera than some pieces that are so designated. Also, the fact that it is so compelling as a unified musical and dramatic entity makes its definition seem less consequential; it's fully successful in using music and story to draw the listener into the protagonist's world. "Cassandre" has received numerous international performances since its 1994 premiere and has been translated into a variety of languages. In its form, popularity, subject matter (the protagonist's reflection on the trauma of war), emotional impact, and to some extent its musical style, it strongly resembles Marc Neikrug's haunting 1980 "music-drama" "Through Roses."

"Cassandre" is based on a text by Christa Wolf that actress Astrid Bas delivers with urgency and poignant dramatic restraint. Jarrell's score for chamber ensemble is notable for the evocative subtlety of its depiction of the Trojan prophet's state of mind as she recounts the horrors of the war. Jarrell avoids the obvious -- the big rhetorical gestures -- that would seem to be appropriate for such a dramatic and grim story, and instead creates a soundworld of gossamer, dream-like ethereality to underscore "Cassandre"'s intimate musings. His orchestration is incandescent, and the music is simply beautiful in its prismatically evolving textures. For a piece that rarely rises above a whisper, it makes a surprisingly visceral impact. IRCAM's Ensemble InterContemporain, led by Susanna Mälkki, plays the challenging score with exceptional grace and delicacy. Kairos' sound is immaculate, as is typical for its releases. Highly recommended for fans of new music.
Stephen Eddins, All Music Guide
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