Ligeti - Lux Aeterna, Holderlin Fantasies; Heppener - Im Gestein | Harmonia Mundi - HM Gold HMG501985

Ligeti - Lux Aeterna, Holderlin Fantasies; Heppener - Im Gestein

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Label: Harmonia Mundi - HM Gold

Cat No: HMG501985

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 17th June 2016

Contents

Artists

Cappella Amsterdam
musicFabrik
Susanne van Els (viola)

Conductor

Daniel Reuss

Works

Heppener, Robert

Im Gestein

Ligeti, Gyorgy

Fantasies (3) after Friedrich Holderlin
Lux Aeterna
Sonata for solo viola

Artists

Cappella Amsterdam
musicFabrik
Susanne van Els (viola)

Conductor

Daniel Reuss

About

Both Ligeti and Heppener belong to the generation born in the 1920s which formed the basis for the post-war avant-garde. Lux Aeterna, used by Stanley Kubrick in his film 2001: A Space Odyssey, marked the installation of a new musical language. The later Sonata for solo viola simultaneously evokes the polyphony of the 14th century and certain varieties of ethnic music. Im Gestein, a cycle of lieder to poems by Paul Celan which won Heppener the Matthijs Vermeulen Prize in 1993, was here recorded for the first time in 2008.

“In this performance [of Lux aeterna] by the astoundingly good Cappella Amsterdam it sounds more meditative and less apocalyptic than it did [in Kubrick's 2001], but no less haunting.”
- The Telegraph

“If the title track is the big draw here, the Dutch choir does not disappoint. The sopranos are tightrope walkers on the eternal, steady high note, staggering their breaths for a seamless sound. The held, unresolving clashes are thrilling, a torment one never wants to end. Ligeti's Viola Sonata, the Drei Phantasien, offers similar pleasures where the tenors push singing close to shouting in the mighty fortissimo.” - The Times

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