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Chamber Music, page 24

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Michael Nyman - Mozart 252

Michael Nyman - Mozart 252
ID: MNRCD113
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Vocal Collection
Subcollection: Voices

This album was designed to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the birth of Mozart in 2006, but it seemed more appropriate to miss the boat, by two years - hence the 252. It could equally have been Mozart 30, since it is 30 years since In Re Don Giovanni originally saw the light of day in 1977 in the very first Campiello Band concert, in the National Theatre foyer. The Campiello Band was born out of the onstage band used for my arrangements of 18th century gondoliers’ songs for Bill Bryden's production of Goldoni's ‘Il Campiell’, which opened the Olivier Theatre in October 1976 and was thus the father of the current Michael Nyman Band.

Two main bodies of Mozart-derived works are presented on Mozart 252; the soundtrack to Peter Greenaway's ‘Drowning by Numbers’ (1988), and songs and duets from ‘Letters. Riddles and Writs’, a TV film developed in 1991 with the director Jeremy Newson as part of BBC2's Not Mozart series, which marked the 200th anniversary of Mozart's death.

My “Mozart music” is best understood by reading Pwyll ap Sion's impressive analyses in his book The Music of Michael Nyman:Texts, Contexts and Intertexts (Ashgate, 2007). But, briefly the first Nyman/Mozart collaboration, In Re Don Giovanni effectively samples and remixes the first 16 bars the Catalogue Song from ‘Don Giovanni’, and Revising the Don (a Radio 3 commission for the 250th anniversary) is a lyrical and literal revisiting of In Re.

The ‘Drowning by Numbers’ score is derived, in accordance with Greenaway's strict instructions, entirely from the slow movement of the ‘Sinfonia Concertante’ for violin and viola: Trysting Fields simply 'lists', in order of occurrence and each repeated three times, all the “unprepared” dissonances, (appoggiaturas) from the Mozart piece, and at the end introduces the 8-chord E flat/C minor/A flat/B flat/C min/E flat/A flat/B flat 'rock 'n' roll' sequence which ends the exposition of the movement, and which, along with a kind of retrograde version, is heard throughout Sheep 'n' Tides, Wheelbarrow Walk, Fish Beach and Not Knowing the Ropes (so called because on the ‘Drowning’ soundtrack album it is erroneously called Knowing the Ropes!).

Wedding Tango is built out of a chord-by-chord alternation of both the minor key version (from the very end of the movement) and more familiar major key versions of the 8-chord sequence. Knowing the Ropes, like Trysting Fields is a musical list (though with more conscious structural organization) - this time of a wiggly semiquaver motif, which is threaded through the movement and ends with a grand statement of the theme that is accompanied by the 8-chord sequence in the Mozart original.

‘Letters, Riddles and Writs’ deals in general, through texts taken from Mozart’s letters and riddles (the writs have to do with my frequent theft of Mozart's music) with his relationship with his father (O my dear Papa, a remake of O Isis und Osiris from The Magic Flute), with his own mortality (I am an Unusual Thing, which uses the texts from one of the riddles that Mozart wrote and distributed in Vienna during the 1787 Carnival and is based entirely on extract from two of his Haydn quartets) and with his business acumen [Profit and Loss, modeled on In Re Don Giovanni)
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Music for Oboe and Strings - Janet Craxton

Music for Oboe and Strings - Janet Craxton
ID: CC2011
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subcollection: Oboe

Janet Craxton (1929-81) founded the London Oboe Quartet with Perry Hart (violin), Brian Hawkins (viola) and Kenneth Heath (cello) in 1968, and later with Charles Tunnell (cello) after Kenneth Heath's death in 1977. During the twelve years of its existence the Quartet played at most of the major UK music festivals and made frequent BBC broadcasts, from which these recordings are taken. Janet Craxton was always a champion of new music, and the Quartet commissioned five of the six works on this CD, as well as music by Neil Sanders, Alan Rawsthorne, Oliver Knussen, John Exton and John McCabe.
A previous Oboe Classics CD, An English Renaissance, celebrated Leon Goossens with a number of works inspired by his oboe playing. In the notes for that CD George Caird commented that in the generation following Goossens „the oboe playing of Janet Craxton should be singled out as the torch-bearer for music for oboe and strings. But that, and the composers who wrote for her, is another story.“
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Dallapiccola - A Portrait - D.Wilde, piano -S. Hamilton, soprano - N. Stonehouse, mezzo

Dallapiccola - A Portrait - D.Wilde, piano -S. Hamilton, soprano - N. Stonehouse, mezzo
ID: DCD34020
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Chamber Music
Subcollection: Vocal and Piano

Luigi Dallapiccola is one of the most celebrated Italian composers of the twentieth century. This disc features chamber music and songs alongside his complete works for solo piano. Whether drawing on the music of the past to inspire the contrapuntal organisation of his own, or concentrating on the opportunities for gentle lyricism afforded by bell-like instrumental and vocal sonorities, Dallapiccola’s commitment to traditional expressive nuance has been seen by critics as a powerful aspect of his Italian insistence upon cantabilità - songfulness.


Track listing

1 - 4 Sonatina Canonica in mi bemolle, su ‘Capricci’ di Niccolò Paganini (1942-43)

5 - 15 Quaderno Musicale di Annalibera (1952)

16 - 19 Quattro Liriche di Antonio Machado per canto e pianoforte (1948)

20 - 22 Ciaccona, Intermezzo e Adagioper violoncello solo (1945)

23 - 29 Goethe-Lieder per una voce di mezzo soprano e tre clarinetti (1953)

30 - 32 Tre episodi dal balletto MARSIA (1949)

Total playing time: [74:12]
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Due Teres - Prague Kaleidoscope

Due Teres - Prague Kaleidoscope
ID: UP0182
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Chamber Music
Subcollection: Violin and Guitar

Recorded at Sono records on Semptember 19-20,2015

Interprets are playing the instruments mady by Dalibor Bzirský (2015),
Hermann Hauser III (1992) and Tomáš Honěk (2015)
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Petrof Piano Trio: DVORAK - KUKAL - JANACEK

Petrof Piano Trio: DVORAK - KUKAL - JANACEK
ID: UP0181
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Chamber Music
Subcollection: Trio

Petrof Piano Trio:
Martina Schulmeisterová - piano
Jan Schulmeister - violin
Kamil Žvak - cello

(1 - 4) - World Premiere Recording
(6) - World Premiere Recording
(7- 10) - Live Recording in the Martinů Hall, Academy of Arts, Prague 17. February 2014
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J. Haydn - Rosamunde Quartet - Nos. 53, "The Lark", 59, "The Rider" and 62, "Emperor"

J. Haydn - Rosamunde Quartet - Nos. 53, "The Lark", 59, "The Rider" and 62, "Emperor"
ID: CP032
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Chamber Music
Subcollection: Quartet

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Czech Chamber Music - Dana Vlachova, violin - Miroslav Sekera, piano - Petr Nouzovsky, cello

Czech Chamber Music - Dana Vlachova, violin - Miroslav Sekera, piano - Petr Nouzovsky, cello
ID: UP0146
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Collection: Chamber Music
Subcollection: Piano and Violin

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Rapunzel and Other Stories Music by Alan Ridout

Rapunzel and Other Stories Music by Alan Ridout
ID: CC5002
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subcollection: String instruments

In his prolific career, Alan Ridout (1934- 1996) composed a total of fifteen operas (including several for children), eight symphonies, twenty-five concertos for various instruments, eight string quartets and numerous shorter orchestral, choral and instrumental pieces. This CD comprises an entertaining selection of fairy tales and poems, skillfully set to music, to appeal to listeners of all ages.

Includes previously unrecorded and unpublished works from the Ridout Archive. A useful and informative introduction to the sound of string instruments for younger listeners. Narrated by veteran broadcaster, Richard Baker, who has had a long association with these works. Expertly played by the Coull Quartet, renowned for their many recordings of British music.
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Julian Dawes - Chamber Works

Julian Dawes - Chamber Works
ID: CC5004
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subcollection: Piano and Cello

The chamber works on this CD by Julian Dawes give a representative sample of a compelling selection from his uniquely wide-ranging and varied output,the continuing traditional English style of Elgar, Vaughan Williams and Finzi but with its own individual voice and orchestral sound.

Amongst his 20th century English influences are the pastoralism and extended tonality of Herbert Howells, the richness of Walton, the elegant delicacy of Berkeley and the jazzy impetus of Rodney Bennett; wider European influences include the caustic irony of Shostakovich and Kurt Weil, and the rhythmic impetus of Prokofiev and Stravinsky. Yet Dawes welds from these influences an individual voice that is both distinctive and refreshing, displaying assured craftsmanship and characterful invention. (Malcolm Miller 2008)
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Schumann, Robert & Clara: Music for Oboe and Cor Anglais

Schumann, Robert & Clara: Music for Oboe and Cor Anglais
ID: CC2002
CDs: 1
Type: CD
Subcollection: Piano

The CD booklet contains an article by Keith Fraser (in English, French and German) on the relationship between Robert and Clara Schumann and a description of each piece, accompanied by session photographs.


How much do pictures reflect reality? The image on the front of this CD is an anonymous copy of a photograph taken of Robert and Clara Schumann in 1850, the year after most of the pieces here were written. Robert, standing soberly by the piano, was actually addicted to wine, women and song. His drinking was referred to by Clara's father Friedrich Wieck in his attempts to prevent their marriage, and Robert's affairs were a problem for Clara. Not so the songs, of which he wrote more than 100 in 1840, the year he married Clara. He was 40 years old in this picture, by this time a thoroughly respected composer, though more successful in some genres than others. His earlier intention, to be a concert pianist, had been thwarted by a (possibly self-inflicted) injury to his right hand. And what of Clara? She was 31 and an acclaimed pianist. She had already given birth to six of her eight children (of whom seven survived). At this period she was also performing, but her pregnancies (and Robert's encouragement) had led to a flowering of her compositional skills. Her face - in common with other photos of her - seems to express a kind of abstracted melancholy. But here the copyist has lied; in the original photograph she is almost smiling. Certainly the years from her marriage until Robert's physical and mental health began its final decline in 1852 contained much ecstatic happiness. As she wrote in her diary soon after their marriage: "I am supremely happy, and becoming more so all the time - if my Robert is as happy as I am, then I will wish for nothing further - because of my love I could sometimes hurt him with my kisses; instead of becoming quieter (as they say one gets to become in a marriage) I become more fiery! - my poor beloved husband! Their relationship was one of mutual love and mutual support, though perhaps Clara was able to support Robert more than the other way round. She encouraged him constantly, and by performing his works at her concerts brought them into the public domain. Robert sometimes described her as his own "right hand". She was sociable and outgoing, he more private and reserved outside his own circle of friends. He needed her support, and indeed sometimes felt inadequate and depressed on her concert tours when she was the star soloist and and he could no longer play the piano properly. Clara's encouragement of Robert was from a position of equality, and the anonymous illustrator has made a blatent distortion in the picture by moving the angle of her head from upright in the original photograph to a more submissive position - forward and down. Copyright Jeremy Polmear 2002
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