Stefano Gervasoni: Dir - in Dir
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Label: Winter & Winter
Cat No: 9102082
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 10th February 2014
Dir - in dir by Stefano Gervasoni for six singing voices and string sextet is based on a text by physician and mystic Angelus Silesius from the 17th century. The composer Stefano Gervasoni, born in 1962 in Bergamo in Northern Italy, set texts from Silesius' 'Cherubinischer Wandersmann' to music in 2003 and contrasted them a year later with a string sextet.
For the second piece on the CD, descdesesasf, he was inspired by German lyric, Paul Celan's, 'Atemwende'. The central theme in both works is not the accurate composing of exactly sung lyrics, but the resolution, the dwindling away of words in the music until both fuse into an inseparable, almost transcendental whole.
Stefano Gervasoni began his compositional studies in 1980, encouraged by Luigi Nono. He read music at the Milan conservatory, with György Ligeti in Hungary and in Paris, where he himself teaches composition today, at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse.
Gervasoni has run numerous courses, in the likes of Darmstadt, Tokyo and Shanghai, and at the Columbia and Harvard University. Important artistic encounters connect him with Brian Ferneyhough, Peter Eötvös and Helmut Lachenmann, to name but a few.
The British Exaudi vocal ensemble, which has striven since its foundation in 2002 to perform contemporary music, sings with touching sound beauty and pureness.
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