United Strings of Europe: Through the Night | BIS BIS2589

United Strings of Europe: Through the Night


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Label: BIS

Cat No: BIS2589

Barcode: 7318599925899

Format: Hybrid SACD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 3rd November 2023



Beibei Wang (percussion)
United Strings of Europe


Julian Azkoul


Casulana, Maddalena

Morir non puo (arr. Simon Parkin)

Gesualdo, Carlo

Tenebrae Responsories
» Tristis est anima mea (arr. Michi Wiancko)

Kidane, Daniel

Be Still

Purcell, Henry

Dido and Aeneas
» Dido's Lament (arr. Leopold Stokowski)

Schoenberg, Arnold

Verklarte Nacht (Transfigured Night), op.4

Strauss, Richard

Metamorphosen (arr. Eric Mouret)


Beibei Wang (percussion)
United Strings of Europe


Julian Azkoul


For their fourth release with BIS, the United Strings of Europe with their director Julian Azkoul present another innovative programme, dedicated this time to the night, a source of wonder and fascination, rich with metaphorical associations. The ensemble’s varied, tailor-made programme features counterpoint, aching dissonance and chromaticism from across a range of styles spanning nearly 500 years, from the Renaissance to the present day.

The album is built around two post-romantic masterpieces: Richard Strauss’s Metamorphosen (here in an arrangement by Éric Mouret), a work composed during the final months of the Second World War that evokes destruction, mourning, nostalgia, but also hope for progress and transformation, and Arnold Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht, based on a poem by Richard Dehmel, which, in a nocturnal dialogue between a man and a woman, shows the power of love that can overcome the greatest challenges. These two major works are joined by arrangements for strings of vocal pieces by Maddelena Casulana, Carlo Gesualdo and Henry Purcell, as well as a new work by Daniel Kidane, Be Still, featuring percussionist Beibei Wang, a reflection on recent years marked by lockdowns during which everyday markers, such as meeting with friends and family, travelling or attending concerts vanished.

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