Christian Wolff - Two Orchestra Pieces | New World Records NW80796

Christian Wolff - Two Orchestra Pieces

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Label: New World Records

Cat No: NW80796

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 3rd August 2018

Contents

Artists

Robyn Schulkowsky (percussion)
SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg
Ostravska Banda

Conductors

Lothar Zagrosek
Petr Kotik
Peter Rundel
Roland Kluttig

Works

Wolff, Christian

John, David
Rhapsody

Artists

Robyn Schulkowsky (percussion)
SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg
Ostravska Banda

Conductors

Lothar Zagrosek
Petr Kotik
Peter Rundel
Roland Kluttig

About

This recording is the first ever devoted to the orchestral music of Christian Wolff (b. 1934) and thus documents a little-known aspect of his wide-ranging work.

John, David (1998) introduces in its second part a prominent role for solo percussionist, playing a wide range of pitched and non-pitched instruments, including marimba, glockenspiel, a variety of drums, wood and metal instruments and other sources, the exact choice left to the performer. Rhapsody (2009), in contrast, uses instruments of the traditional Western orchestra without percussion, divided into three separate ensembles and reordered into unusual combinations and relationships, both within and between the groups.

In his essay On Charles Ives (1990) Wolff remarks that in the mid-1970s he had a sudden sense of his own work as “an odd sort of mix of Ives and Satie.” He refers to Ives’s “readiness to draw upon whatever sources are useful”; the tendency to include altered versions of popular music and hymn tunes is a feature they have in common. The unlikely conjunction of Ives and Satie may provide a clue to such disparities as are evident in these orchestral pieces: sections reminiscent of the density and complexity of Ives, of the simplicity and directness of Satie, and of the transparency of Webern, are juxtaposed without any need to mediate or explain how they are connected.

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