Touched by the Strings

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The present album explores the question of how two ostensibly opposite protagonists, such as a solo violin and a mixed choir, can form a closed artistic form. European composers with various stylistic roots were confronted with this question. The result is an exciting conceptual album filled with compositional surprises and new sonic ideas which demonstrate how varied the respective composers’ approach to the task was and how they found coherent and creative solutions. The composers reveal differing conceptual approaches when answering these questions. Nystedt and Hubner decided to write a kind of concerto for violin and choir in which the violin as soloist outdoes the choir- in its role as orchestra- with its virtuosity, simultaneously commenting on the test or affirming it with doublings. Hoybye stages a theater piece, assigning clear roles to the solo violin and the choir; the violin, representing the voice of God, enters into a dialogue with the choir which represents the voice of man. They speak to one another, they comment on each other, wrestle with each other, spur each other on and thus develop a musical momentum. Buchenberg works with a cross-fading technique and sound surfaces, Miskinis alternates between the violin taking on the function of a descant and a blending of violin and choir, whereas Gjeilo integrates the violin in the choir’s sound weave, turning it into an additional soprano voice, as it were.
Item number CV83481
Barcode 4009350834811
Release date 9/8/2017
Category Choral
Number of units 1
Choir Orpheus Vokalensemble
Classical Artist Bieler, Ida
Conductor Alber, Michael
Disc: 1
Serenity (O magnum mysterium)00:06:04
1 O Magnum Mysterium (Serenity) 00:05:19 Bieler, Ida Orpheus Vokalensemble Alber, Michael
Splendor paterne glorie00:13:00
2 Splendor paterne glorie 00:12:52 Bieler, Ida Orpheus Vokalensemble Alber, Michael
Ave Maria, Op. 11000:12:39
3 Ave Maria, Op. 110 00:11:59 Bieler, Ida Orpheus Vokalensemble Alber, Michael
In lectulo meo00:07:00
4 In lectulo meo 00:06:47 Bieler, Ida Orpheus Vokalensemble Alber, Michael
Ich rufe zu Gott, Op. 5300:11:00
5 Ich rufe zu Gott, Op. 53 00:10:36 Bieler, Ida Orpheus Vokalensemble Alber, Michael
Psalm 15100:15:00
6 Psalm 151: What a Great Blast 00:05:23 Bieler, Ida Orpheus Vokalensemble Alber, Michael
7 Psalm 151: Wave upon Wave 00:03:04 Bieler, Ida Orpheus Vokalensemble Alber, Michael
8 Psalm 151: Psalms upon Psalms 00:06:42 Bieler, Ida Orpheus Vokalensemble Alber, Michael
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