Solo Instrumenta

Laura Ruiz Ferreres
Works for solo clarinet

Catalog number 21049

As differing as the works on this CD at first appear, which, after all span a period from 1940 to 1987, almost 50 years, there are certain “threads” which can be spun between some of them, which endow them with loose connections: Berio and Stockhausen’s idea of polyphonic listening, Denisov and Donatoni’s extremely contrasting movements within the framework of a two movement work, Messiaen and Donatoni’s renunciation of a classical dramaturgy and perception of time, and Penderecki’s doing just the opposite, demonstrative virtuosity by Berio, Donatoni and Bucchi, lyrical quality by Penderecki and Denisov.
“After only a few minutes of Luciano Berio’s Sequenza IX, the first work in a recital of solo works from the second half of the 20th century, it is obvious that the Spanish clarinet player Laura Ruiz Ferreres is an exceptional, or even better, a phenomenal musician. Her creative power, the extreme sensuousness of her playing and the variety of her tone are fascinating. Her excellent technique allows her to play the most technically difficult passages with apparent ease. One does not often hear runs played with such sparkle and clarity. She is also a master of avant-garde sound effects and has, for example, a perfect double-tongue staccato, all of which makes her the ideal performer of this cross-section of contemporary solo repertoire for the clarinet.”
Heribert Haase in „das orchester“

 

Trivium

Hermann Hudde, guitar

 Catalog number 21017

Joaquin Turina: Garrotin y soleares; Rafaga
Rubén Riera: Melancolía, Monotonía, Nostalgia
Federico Mompou: Suite Compostelana
Reneé Eespere: Trivium for guitar, flute and violin

with
Burkhard Schmidt, violin
Gary Wolf, flute

”Dear Mr. Hudde,

you gave me an enormous surprise. You and your chamber music partners have wonderfully recorded my piece of music Trivium.

Rene Eespere”

”It’s nice to see the three pieces by Rubén’s late father, which I published with Universal Edition 19 (!) years ago. He is rarely remembered now, but as he was a modest man I don’t suppose he feels badly about it!. Minimalism is not my favourite musical idiom, but on hearing Trivium my worst fears proved groundless!. Trivium is a delightful piece with a contemplative stillness that is very north European - not least that of Finland. Sincerely,

John Duarte”

 

KO KÛ
New music from Japan and China
for Recorder and Percussion

Gudula Rosa, recorders
Haruka Fujii, percussion

Catalog number 21039

While many western composers have been fascinated and inspired by Asian music, their counterparts in Asia have adapted their musical language to the western modern and have tried to interfuse this with Asian sensations. “Asia” is present in contemporary music in many ways. The recordings on this CD combine works by renowned composers who have each, in their own way, determined the face of contemporary Asian music. The first work is by John Cage who founded and left a lasting impression on the western way of viewing Asian thinking and Asian aesthetics.

A co-production with Radio Bremen

 

Fatum
Roman Viazovskiy, guitar

Catalog number 21001

Works by: Konstantin Vassiliev , Leo Brouwer, Antonio José, Egberto Gismonti

“… Certainly Fatum is one of the best recordings I have reviewed over recent years, the playing is immaculate, the programme has no low points: what more could one ask for? The undoubted highlights for the reviewer are the two works by Konstantin Vassiliev. … This is wonderful writing for the instrument – some of the best of our times. Highly recommended.”

Steve Marsh in Classical Guitar Magazine

 

Works for piano solo by female composers
Judith Pfeiffer, piano

Catalog number 21004

Marianne Martinéz: Sonata in E major
Josepha von Auernhammer: Six variations on a hungarian theme
Fanny Hensel: Notturno g minor
Clara Schumann: Ballade from Soirées musicales op. 6 & Variations on a theme of Robert Schumann, op. 20
Cécile Chaminade: L’Ondine, op. 101
Germaine Tailleferre: Partita
Lili Boulanger: D’un vieux jardin; D’un jardin clair, Cortège
Elena Firsova: Elegie, op. 21
Dorothee Eberhardt: Time changes I-III

“She (Judith Pfeifer) takes the pieces as seriously as they deserve to be taken, attunes herself exactly to the style required and enchants with her naturalness, whereby she lacks nothing in technical competence. She thus makes the rather supercilious world of men aware of composing women and also those who play the piano.”

Sebastian Loskant in Nordwestdeutsche Zeitung

 
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