Violin Faces 2: Bray, Saariaho, Van Camp | Etcetera KTC1636

Violin Faces 2: Bray, Saariaho, Van Camp

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Label: Etcetera

Cat No: KTC1636

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 2nd November 2018

Contents

Artists

Wibert Aerts (violin)
Hermes Ensemble
Notabu.Ensemble neue musik

Conductors

Frank Agsteribbe
Mark-Andreas Schlingensiepen

Works

Bray, Charlotte

Caught in Treetops

Camp, Bram van

Concerto for violin and ensemble

Saariaho, Kaija

Graal Theatre (version for violin and chamber orchestra)

Artists

Wibert Aerts (violin)
Hermes Ensemble
Notabu.Ensemble neue musik

Conductors

Frank Agsteribbe
Mark-Andreas Schlingensiepen

About

There he stands, front and centre: the hero. A thousand warriors behind him provide support as he, unafraid, leads the charge into battle. He comes through the most dangerous moments with visible ease; there is even time for a few moments of reflection. After long and valorous strife he gives the coup de grâce, for he is always the victor. His weapon? Neither sword nor revolver, but a violin and music. A battle is a common metaphor for a Romantic violin concerto: a combat with the instrument, a test of self-control, a duel between soloist and orchestra, a heroic effort that is reserved for only the greatest of musicians. Matters are no different in the three works recorded here, even if the content of these concertos reveals the word’s derivation from the Italian concertare (to attune to others) rather than the Latin concertare (to discuss). Although the violin stands front and centre and displays great virtuosity and expression, its connection with the instrumental ensemble is nonetheless crucial in each of these three works.

Over the past ten years the Antwerp-based HERMES ensemble has been exploring and crossing the limits of contemporary music. Apart from creating contemporary repertoire and new music, the ensemble often works with video and multimedia, and prefers researching adventurous encounters with popular music, jazz and early music.

Apart from regularly performing in the most renowned Belgian theatres and festivals, HERMES ensemble regularly performs in The Netherlands, France, Germany, United Kingdom and Austria, and has been a returning guest of the Philharmonie de Luxembourg and the Venice Biennial Festival.

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