Ondrej Adamek - Korper und Seele (Body and Soul) (CD + DVD) | Wergo WER64192

Ondrej Adamek - Korper und Seele (Body and Soul) (CD + DVD)

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Label: Wergo

Cat No: WER64192

Format: CD + DVD

Number of Discs: 2

Release Date: 2nd September 2016

Contents

Artists

Shigeko Hata (voice)
Christoph Grund (airmachine)
Ondrej Adamek (airmachine)
Polish Radio Choir
Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra Katowice
Ensemble intercontemporain
Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
Lucerne Festival Academy
Ensemble Modern
SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart
SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg

Conductors

Alexander Liebreich
Marco Angius
Manuel Nawri
Pierre Boulez
Ondrej Adamek
George Benjamin
Francois-Xavier Roth

Works

Adamek, Ondrej

Consequences particulierement blanches ou noires for airmachine
Dusty Rusty Hush for orchestra
Endless Steps for orchestra
Kameny for 24 voices and 16 instruments
Karakuri: Poupee mecanique for voice and ensemble
Korper und Seele for airmachine, choir and orchestra
Luft-Inszenierung for airmachine
Noise for large ensemble
Polednice (Midday) for mixed choir and orchestra

Artists

Shigeko Hata (voice)
Christoph Grund (airmachine)
Ondrej Adamek (airmachine)
Polish Radio Choir
Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra Katowice
Ensemble intercontemporain
Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
Lucerne Festival Academy
Ensemble Modern
SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart
SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg

Conductors

Alexander Liebreich
Marco Angius
Manuel Nawri
Pierre Boulez
Ondrej Adamek
George Benjamin
Francois-Xavier Roth

About

Rich in tone colours and tonal language, bursting with energy and yet shaped in a subtle and sophisticated way: this is what constitutes the music of composer Ondřej Adámek displayed on his portrait CD and DVD of the Edition Zeitgenössische Musik.

Adámek, who grew up in Prague and currently lives in Berlin, developed an interest in the music and instruments of other cultures at an early stage and let his impressions and experiences inspire his compositions. Bernd Künzig, author of the CD’s booklet, thus calls Adámek’s compositional style a sort of linguistic and musical “bricolage”: “Virtually his entire output is pervaded by hybrid forms in which the natural is confronted with the artificial and mechanical, rituals with abstraction, and conflicting languages (including musical languages) with each other, all for the purpose of producing his own distinctive blend.”

Language, especially its phonetic and noise-like qualities, plays a key role in many of Adámek’s works. In the three choral pieces of the portrait CD, Polednice, Körper und Seele and Kameny, language, its rhythm and the timbres of vowels and consonants become the structuring principle. Here Adámek draws special inspiration from the texts and poems of Icelandic artist Sjón, whom he met during his residency with the DAAD Artists-in- Berlin programme.

The interpreters, among them the Ensemble intercontemporain, the SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart and the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, are nearly always supposed to exceed the boundaries of their own instrument or their voice: in the choral works the singers have to generate sounds with whistles, party noisemakers, sirens, percussion instruments and other noisemaking objects, whereas in Dusty Rusty Hush the orchestra itself turns into a huge machine, pounding, groaning, screeching and thus resurrecting an abandoned steel plant in Brandenburg.

Video-DVD:
Sound: Stereo
DVD type: DVD 5
Region code: (0) PAL
Running time approx. 116 min

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