Harrison Birtwistle - Songs 1970-2006 | Toccata Classics TOCC0281

Harrison Birtwistle - Songs 1970-2006

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Label: Toccata Classics

Cat No: TOCC0281

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 1st June 2015

Contents

Artists

Alice Rossi (soprano)
Soloists of the Hochschule fur Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover
Kuss Quartet
Das Neue Ensemble

Conductor

Stefan Asbury

Works

Birtwistle, Harrison

Cantus lambeus
Fantasia III
Frieze I
Lullaby (2006)
Nenia: The Death of Orpheus
Orpheus Elegies (9)
Settings (9) of Lorine Niedecker
Songs by Myself

Artists

Alice Rossi (soprano)
Soloists of the Hochschule fur Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover
Kuss Quartet
Das Neue Ensemble

Conductor

Stefan Asbury

About

Among the events celebrating Sir Harrison Birtwistle’s 80th birthday in 2014 were two concerts in Hannover, attended by the composer, which concentrated on his songs, the highlights of which feature on this release.

Birtwistle’s ‘songs’ blur the boundaries between vocal and instrumental techniques - on occasion, indeed, they involve instruments only.

The songs are a relatively neglected part of Birtwistle’s output: this CD contains the first recording of the Canteus Iambeus, the first recording of the Lullaby for solo voices and the only recording currently available of the Songs by Myself. These pieces highlight his fondness in juxtaposing the static and the violently dynamic, his concern with ritual and myth, and his obsession with the Orpheus myth.

This CD also features a recording of Sir Harrison talking about his songs in interview.

The recording features the young Italian soprano Alice Rossi, as well as some of the rising names of the next generation, the star students of the Institute of Chamber Music and Lied, University of Music, Drama and Media, Hanover. It also includes performances by the Kuss Quartet, winners of a Borlotti-Buitoni Award in 2003, and by the crack Das Neue Ensemble, conducted by modern-music specialist Stefan Asbury, Chief Conductor of the Noord Nederlands Orkest.

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