Pintscher - Bereshit | Alpha ALPHA218

Pintscher - Bereshit


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Label: Alpha

Cat No: ALPHA218

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 21st October 2016



Ensemble Intercontemporain


Matthias Pintscher


Pintscher, Matthias

Bereshit for large ensemble
Songs from Solomon's garden
Uriel for cello and piano


Ensemble Intercontemporain


Matthias Pintscher


Alpha Classics continues its collaboration with the Ensemble Intercontemporain and presents a programme devoted to compositions by its conductor and artistic director, Matthias Pintscher. Bereshit, ‘in the beginning’ in Hebrew, is a piece on the subject of divine creation. The architecture of the work refers to the idea of the growth of the elements out of nothingness to their finished state: the colours, the harmonies are therefore always redefined by what precedes and follows them. Songs from Solomon’s garden – still in a highly spiritual dimension – explores amorous passion through the shir ha shirim (Song of Songs). The poetic density of this text is underlined here, with the only repeated phrase of the work taking on a quasi-incantatory signification: ‘she-cholat ahava ani’ (for I am sick of love).


Bereshit for Large Ensemble – the title employs a Hebrew word from the Torah for “beginning” – traces out a creation myth of sorts, beginning in the depths and tracing out a half-hour arc by steady accretion and mounting activity, virtuosically scored and played, until it more or less returns to where it began. The ruminative Uriel, for cello and piano, shares its title not only with the angel who expelled Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden, but with a painting by the abstract expressionist Barnett Newman, while Songs from Solomon’s Garden sets the Hebrew texts for baritone more as chant than true song, with a chamber orchestra providing the dramatic backdrop.  Andrew Clements
The Guardian 24 November 2016

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