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  • richardmitnick 4:03 PM on April 20, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Alexander Knaifel - Lukomoriye, Arvo Part - the 4 Symphonies, , Duo Gazzana,   

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    Arvo Pärt: The Symphonies
    NFM Wrocław Philharmonic, Tõnu Kaljuste

    Release date: 20.04.2018
    ECM 2600

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    All four of Arvo Pärt’s symphonies, newly recorded with the NFM Wrocław Philharmonic under the direction his musical accomplice, Tõnu Kaljuste. Each of the symphonies, as the great Estonian composer has noted, is a world unto itself. Heard in chronological order they also tell us much about Pärt’s musical and spiritual journey, and the very different ways in which he has exercised his craft. Forty-five years separate his Symphony No. 1 (“Polyphonic”) written in 1963 while he was still a student of Heino Eller, from his Symphony No. 4 (“Los Angeles”) written in 2008, by which time he was the world’s most widely-performed contemporary composer.

    Here are all four of Arvo Pärt’s symphonies, newly recorded with the NFM Wrocław Philharmonic under the direction of one of Pärt’s most trusted colleagues, conductor Tõnu Kaljuste. Each of the symphonies, as the great Estonian composer has noted, is a world unto itself. Heard in chronological order, they also tell us much about Pärt’s musical and spiritual odyssey, and the very different ways in which he has exercised his craft. Forty-five years separate his Symphony No. 1 (Polyphonic) written in 1963 while he was still a student of Heino Eller, from his Symphony No. 4 (Los Angeles) written in 2008, by which time he was the world’s most widely-performed contemporary composer, and one whose now famous “tintinnabuli-style” has become an immediately identifiable artistic signature.

    In presenting the works together, Tõnu Kaljuste considers them as “if they were a single grand symphony. I perceive Arvo Pärt’s creations as a biographical narrative, and hope that with the sound of the entirety of the music on this album we can refresh our memory of Pärt’s journey. It began with an entry into the neo-classical and serialist world, moved on with a composition that incorporated the use of collage, continued under the influence of early sacred music and – with the fourth symphony – arrived at a confession-like music, with a sound world supported by prayer, penitence and suffering.”

    “To study and listen to symphonies is, in essence, to read and comprehend a biography in notes,” writes Wolfang Sandner in his liner essay, going on to trace many of the correspondences between the notes in Pärt’s scores and the changes taking place in the composer’s life. In 1968, Pärt embarked upon an intense period of study that found him reevaluating Gregorian chant, the Notre Dame school, and Renaissance polyphony. The first signs of this study were felt in the Symphony No. 3 in 1971.

    Wolfgang Sandner: “Pärt did not bury his head in the sand of music history in an effort to shut out the present. Like an archaeologist, he explored ancient compositional devices and realised what power can still be drawn from them with the knowledge of our day and a renunciation of all fashionable accessories. Pärt’s method has irrevocably become his own personal style of composition. It has given birth to an entire cosmos of masterpieces, from such early instrumental works as Tabula rasa, Fratres, Summa and Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten to the large-scale choral and orchestral works Berliner Messe, Litany, Stabat Mater, Passio and Te Deum to his many pieces of chamber music and a cappella compositions, including the monumental Kanon Pokajanen.”

    Of the four Pärt symphonies, only the fourth had previously been issued on ECM – in a version with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, released in 2010.

    For the present album, Symphony No. 3 was recorded in October 2015, and Symphonies Nos. 1, 2 and 4 in August 2016, in the Main Hall of the National Forum of Music, Wrocław, Poland.

    Tõnu Kaljuste has dedicated a major part of his work to the music of Estonian composers including Arvo Pärt, Heino Eller, Tõnu Kõrvits, Veljo Tormis, and Erkki-Sven Tüür, and recorded their compositions for ECM New Series. He has worked closely with composers Alfred Schnittke, György Kurtág, Krzysztof Penderecki, Erik Bergman, Giya Kancheli, Sven-David Sandström, Knut Nystedt, Einojuhani Rautavaara, Brett Dean, R. Murray Schafer, among many others.

    Kaljuste is renowned as the conductor who founded the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, the Nargen Opera project theatre, and the Nargen Festival. He has also worked with many other leading orchestras and choirs all over the world. During the 1990s, alongside his work with the EPCC and the TCO, he was also the principal conductor of the Swedish Radio Choir and the Netherlands Chamber Choir. Since 2001 he has worked internationally as a freelance conductor. His ECM recordings with music of Pärt include Te Deum, Litany, Kanon Pokajanen, Orient &Occident, In Principio, and the Grammy-winning Adam’s Lament.

    The orchestra now known as the NFM Wrocław Philharmonic was founded in 1945, and until 1949 was both a symphony and an opera orchestra. An independent symphony orchestra from 1954: it became the Witold Lutosławski Philharmonic 40 years later; in memory of the great Polish composer. With the opening Wrocław’s National Forum of Music in 2015, it was renamed the NFM Wroclaw Philharmonic.

    NFM Wrocław Philharmonic
    Tõnu Kaljuste Conductor
    Tracklist
    Arvo Pärt – Symphony No. 1 ‘Polyphonic’
    I. Canons 11:18
    II. Prelude and Fugue 07:56

    Arvo Pärt – Symphony No. 2

    I. 03:36
    II. 02:14
    III. 04:47

    Arvo Pärt – Symphony No. 3
    I. 06:29
    II. 05:48
    III. 08:05

    Arvo Pärt – Symphony No. 4 ‘Los Angeles’
    I. Con sublimitá 09:14
    II. Affannoso 11:47
    III. Deciso 08:08

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    Ravel, Franck, Ligeti, Messiaen
    Duo Gazzana

    Release date: 20.04.2018
    ECM 2556

    A sense of discovery is a key theme in the third ECM recital of sisters Natascia and Raffaella Gazzana. Alongside a landscape of French music for violin and piano, drawing on a multiplicity of inspirations, the album includes a premiere recording of György Ligeti’s Duo, dedicated to Kúrtag. Duo Gazzana plays César Franck’s epic A major Sonata of 1886, and Maurice Ravel’s Sonate posthume, written in 1897, when its author was just 22, and the album concludes with Olivier Messiaen’s Thème et variations of 1932, a work which in some aspects prefigures the Quatuor pour la fin du temps. The duo’s performances of Ravel, Franck, Ligeti and Messiaen were recorded at Lugano’s Auditorio Stelio Molo RSI in March 2017 and produced by Manfred Eicher.

    Featured artists
    Duo Gazzana
    Natascia Gazzana Violin
    Raffaella Gazzana Piano
    Tracklist
    1 Sonate posthume (Maurice Ravel) 13:48

    César Franck – Sonata for violin and piano
    2 Allegretto ben moderato 06:20
    3 Allegro 07:56
    4 Ben moderato: Recitativo-Fantasia 07:22
    5 Allegretto poco mosso 06:39
    6 Duo for violin and piano (György Ligeti) 03:08
    7 Thème et variations (Olivier Messiaen) 10:11

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    Alexander Knaifel: Lukomoriye
    Oleg Malov, Tatiana Melentieva, Piotr Migunov, Lege Artis Choir

    Release date: 20.04.2018
    ECM 2436

    The fourth New Series album from the St Petersburg-based composer Alexander Knaifel may be his most wide-ranging to date, voyaging from the sacred to the secular and back again via several inspired detours. It includes two Prayers to the Holy Spirit, movingly performed by the Lege Artis Choir. Tatiana Melentieva sings Bliss, based on Alexander Pushkin’s poem, and the great Russian poet is cross-referenced with St Ephraim the Syrian in O Lord of All My Life (A Poem and a Prayer) sung by Piotr Migunov. Oleg Malov, who accompanies both singers, is called upon to internalize texts in four further solo piano pieces. A mad tea party lives up to its title, with a surreal Wonderland spirit. This Child (after the Gospel of St Luke), A Confession and title piece Lukomoriye (both after Pushkin) are luminously quiet, and quietly magical.

    Featured artists
    Oleg Malov Piano
    Tatiana Melentieva Soprano
    Piotr Migunov Bass
    Lege Artis Choir
    Boris Abalian Conductor
    Tracklist
    1 O Comforter (Prayer to the Holy Spirit) (Alexander Knaifel) 05:23
    2 A mad tea-party (Royal version) (Alexander Knaifel) 08:12
    3 Bliss (of the poem by Alexander Pushkin) (Alexander Knaifel) 04:37
    4 This Child (Alexander Knaifel) 09:40
    5 Confession (Alexander Knaifel) 07:22
    6 O Lord of all my life (Alexander Knaifel) 16:00
    7 O Heavenly King (Alexander Knaifel) 06:53
    8 Lukomoriye (Alexander Knaifel) 04:35

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  • richardmitnick 5:30 PM on March 28, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    From ECM: “Alexander Knaifel – Lukomoriye” 

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    Alexander Knaifel – Lukomoriye

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    The fourth New Series album from Russian composer Alexander Knaifel may be his most wide-ranging to date. Luminously quiet, and quietly magical.
    Pre-order your copy of “Lukomoriye” here: https://ecm.lnk.to/MmTtL

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    For new music by living composers

    John Schaefer

    newsounds.org from New York Public Radio

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    Will Constantine Jr, Blues Bop and Beyond Thursdays 11:00AM-2:00PM featuring Latin Jazz
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