Christopher Fox - Topophony | Hat Hut HATNOWART211

Christopher Fox - Topophony

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Label: Hat Hut

Cat No: HATNOWART211

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 17th August 2018

Contents

Artists

John Butcher
Thomas Lehn
Alex Dorner
Paul Lovens
WDR Sinfonieorchester

Conductor

Ilan Volkov

Works

Fox, Christopher

Topophony

Artists

John Butcher
Thomas Lehn
Alex Dorner
Paul Lovens
WDR Sinfonieorchester

Conductor

Ilan Volkov

About

‘Improvisation and composition as forcefield. The conundrum remains: how can one combine these two approaches to musical forming without one or the other being compromised or diluted? Christopher Fox has decided to have the best of both worlds. The soloists and the orchestral musicians are assigned roles that enable them to play to their strengths. The conductor mediates. The forcefield is maintained. Just as the improvisers are told not to study the orchestra music, to avoid coming to a fixed idea of that soundworld, so too are the orchestra and conductor confronted with the sonic, dynamic and gestural unpredictabilty of the soloists. Improvisation and interpretation meet head to head.’ – Nina Polaschegg

Reviews

By any consideration ‘Topophony’ is an excellent name for the three pieces here, elegant and absolutely precise. The music consists of a scored, fixed, orchestral soundscape which lasts between about 20 and 25 minutes. ... The sounds produced by each of the four solo musicians by turn surprise, beguile, occasionally alarm and even reassure. One gets the feeling that the superb musicians of the WDR Sinfonieorchester were truly committed to the project, while these three renderings of Topophony each cohere impressively under Ilan Volkov’s protean direction.  Richard Hanlon
MusicWeb International November 2018

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