Chanticlare: Contemporary Vocal Music | Metier MSVCD92102

Chanticlare: Contemporary Vocal Music


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Label: Metier

Cat No: MSVCD92102

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 4th May 2009



Clare Lesser studied performance and musical history at the University of Birmingham and Birmingham Conservatoire before undertaking research at the University of Sussex into the music of B A Zimmermann. She has sung throughout Europe and the Middle East, including at the Gaudeamus and Avignon International Festivals. In 2003 she was nominated for the Royal Philharmonic Society’s singing prize.

Song 15 for solo soprano is a relatively early work showing Finnissy’s style at its most typically highly ornamented and lyrical. The piece can best be viewed as an extension of the tradition of wordless vocalise.

The reclusive Italian composer Giancinto Scelsi wrote in 1960. As in many of his vocal works, a conventional text is replaced by an abstract pattern of phonemes which are used to return the music to the magical world of pre-linguistic invocation and ritual, which Scelsi so often explored.

Henze’s cantata Being Beauteous originally sets one of the French poet Arthur Rimbaud’s finest works for the very unusual ensemble of coloratura soprano, four cellos and harp; this recording makes use of the composer’s own piano reduction.

Milko Kelemen was born in Croatia and studied with Olivier Messiaen and Wolfgang Fortner. Die sieben Plagen sets a text by Fernando Arrabal, which is based upon the biblical Seven Plagues of Egypt. It uses a huge range of vocal effects from lyrical singing, purring and croaking, to spitting, snoring and screaming, and has sections in four different languages.

The Virgil Settings are dedicated to Clare Lesser, the composers’ wife. These ten settings for unaccompanied female voice of texts from the first book of Georgics by David Lesser (b1966) are arranged to form a seasonal progression from spring to winter and on to the return of spring again.
Cathy Berberian is probably best remembered as one of the outstanding interpreters of contemporary vocal repertoire, having had pieces written for her by many of the leading composers of the post-war avant-garde. However, she also produced a small body of excellent compositions of which Stripsody is the best-known example. It is basically a collage of vignettes from comic strips and assorted onomatopoeia with accompanying actions in some places.

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