Stölzel: The Gorgeous Nothings

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The Gorgeous Nothings is composer Ingrid Stolzel’s first recording on Navona Records, although she has also been featured on three compilation albums released by the label. Haunting and lyrical throughout, the album explores themes of beauty, being, journey and transformation. The album’s eleven tracks, some inspired by the poetry of Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman and some created by Stolzel’s own native curiosity, engage the listener intellectually, emotionally and spiritually. The album’s title composition takes as its inspiration Emily Dickinson’s envelope writings and weaves together five paper fragments into a beautiful song cycle. Soprano Sarah Tannehill Anderson performs against a backdrop of flute, oboe and piano, evoking a sense of both the poet’s and the composer’s creative spirits. In here there, performed by Navona violinist Veronique Mathieu and pianist Ellen Sommer, Stolzel plays with the subtlety of perspective. The interplay between piano and violin creates a sense of the instruments both attracting and resisting each other, much like the emotion one feels when torn between two places. In Soul Journey – Three Whitman Songs, Stolzel brings together three poems by Walt Whitman into a song cycle, which creates a journey of the soul from awakening to awareness to transcendence. These striking lyrical interpretations from Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass” are soulfully interpreted by mezzo-soprano Phyllis Pancella and Ellen Sommer on piano. With Eyes Open takes as its source material Stolzel’s earlier composition, “with both eyes.” Here, allowing herself to fully open to the idea of possibility, Stolzel takes the 2008 composition, originally written for flute, guitar, vibraphone and piano, and transforms it into a subtle and serene piece written for alto saxophone and piano. The album concludes with The Road is All, which takes as its inspiration a quote from a 19th century historian which translates to “The end is nothing; the road is all.” Each instrument – violin, cello and piano – travels on its own journey throughout the piece, sometimes solo and at other times converging, embracing the twists and turns, the unpredictability that is life, and the simple enjoyment of a moment in passing time.
Item number NV6169
Barcode 896931004695
Release date 7/13/2018
Category Classical Music
Number of units 1
Classical Artist Sommer, Ellen
Disc: 1
The Gorgeous Nothings00:10:00
1 The Gorgeous Nothings: I. Clogged Only with Music 00:02:22 Marco, Margaret Anderson, Sarah Tannehill Gnojek, Anne Sommer, Ellen
2 The Gorgeous Nothings: II. In This Short Life 00:01:10 Marco, Margaret Anderson, Sarah Tannehill Gnojek, Anne Sommer, Ellen
3 The Gorgeous Nothings: III. Paradise Is No Journey 00:01:52 Marco, Margaret Anderson, Sarah Tannehill Gnojek, Anne Sommer, Ellen
4 The Gorgeous Nothings: IV. The Little Sentences 00:01:14 Marco, Margaret Anderson, Sarah Tannehill Gnojek, Anne Sommer, Ellen
5 The Gorgeous Nothings: V. It Is Very Still 00:02:54 Marco, Margaret Anderson, Sarah Tannehill Gnojek, Anne Sommer, Ellen
here there00:08:00
6 Here There 00:08:18 Mathieu, Véronique Sommer, Ellen
Soul Journey, "3 Whitman Songs"00:14:00
7 Soul Journey (3 Whitman Songs): No. 1, Grand Is th 00:04:47 Pancella, Phyllis Sommer, Ellen
8 Soul Journey (3 Whitman Songs): No. 2, I Swear I T 00:03:13 Pancella, Phyllis Sommer, Ellen
9 Soul Journey (3 Whitman Songs): No. 3, Darest Thou 00:05:00 Pancella, Phyllis Sommer, Ellen
With Eyes Open00:08:00
10 With Eyes Open 00:09:40 Sommer, Ellen Bohm, Keith
The Road Is All00:12:04
11 The Road Is All 00:12:07 Brown, Anne-Marie Figg, Lawrence Pherigo, Robert
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