Elena Langer - Landscape With Three People | Harmonia Mundi HMU907669

Elena Langer - Landscape With Three People

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Label: Harmonia Mundi

Cat No: HMU907669

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 5th February 2016

Contents

Artists

Anna Dennis (soprano)
William Towers (countertenor)
Nicholas Daniel (oboe)
Roman Mints (violin)
Meghan Cassidy (viola)
Kristine Blaumane (cello)
Robert Howarth (harpsichord)
Katya Apekisheva (piano)

Works

Langer, Elena

Ariadne
Landscape With Three People
Snow
Stay O Sweet
The Storm Cloud
Two Cat Songs

Artists

Anna Dennis (soprano)
William Towers (countertenor)
Nicholas Daniel (oboe)
Roman Mints (violin)
Meghan Cassidy (viola)
Kristine Blaumane (cello)
Robert Howarth (harpsichord)
Katya Apekisheva (piano)

About

A selection of chamber works by Elena Langer (b.1974, Moscow), notable for their playful counterpoint and delicate textures. The London-based composer delights in exploring the endless soundworlds of voices and instruments. Landscape With Three People dates from 2013, with texts by poet Lee Harwood.

Elena moved to London to complete her degrees first at the Royal College of Music and then at the Royal Academy of
Music. She has studied with Julian Anderson, Simon Bainbridge, Gerard McBurney and taken lessons with Sofia
Gubaidulina (Centre Acanthes, France), Dmitri Smirnov, Jo Kondo and Jonathan Harvey. In 2002 and 2003 Elena was
the first ever composer-in-residence at the Almeida Theatre, London.

She has received commissions and performances from organisations such as the Royal Opera House's ROH2, Zurich
Opera, Carnegie Hall, the Britten and Strauss Festival in Aldeburgh, Park Lane Group, St Petersburg's Music Spring,
and the Chamber Music Series "XX/XXI" of the Bayerische Staatsoper (Germany).

This recording project was generously funded by Blyth Valley Chamber Music, the Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust and a
large number of individuals.

“An enticing sonic tapestry, pitched midway between the expressive avant-garde tumult of Berio and the
rough-and-tumble of folk music.”
- The Times

Reviews

This is the first disc solely dedicated to the music of Elena Langer and it offers and exquisitely performed showcase of her vocal-chamber works … here the human voice is also centre-stage in music of crystalline, bright purity … the refined voices of Anna Dennis and William Towers intertwine with moving lyricism … Dennis inhabits every corner of the lamenting, lovesick Ariadne in her thorny, freewheeling monologue…  Rebecca Franks
BBC Music Magazine April 2016
It’s nimble and light, sensual without forcing the point, folksy but not quite fey; whimsical, in the deconstructed manner of Berio or Nono. [...] The performance is excellent — especially from Dennis, whose voice is beautifully grainy but still laced with metal.  Kate Molleson
The Guardian 29 January 2016
I’ve been absolutely mesmerised by this harmonia mundi disc, Landscape for Three People, because she [Langer] is a natural dramatist to her fingertips; everything she touches it just tingles with storytelling … it’s got a lovely texture because of those baroque resources … I feel the spirit of Britten is there… I really love the quality of the voices here, it’s beautifully performed, there’s such poise there and there’s a steel core to Anna Dennis’ soprano and then something much more open and plangent to William Towers, so it makes luminescence I think in the sound … I found it lingers in the memory this song cycle.  Helen Wallace
Record Review (BBC Radio 3) 5 March 2016

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