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Cohen: Red Lilies of Bells, Golden Lilies of Bells, White Lilies of Bells


Release Date: 03/10/2017 
Label:  Ravello   Catalog #: 7953  
Composer:  Anna Elena Cohen
Performer:  Alexander VavilovMarissa LicataMelissa BullSebastian Bäverstam,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Composer Alla Elana Cohen presents a full album of chamber works in her first Ravello Records release Red Lilies of Bells, Golden Lilies of Bells, White Lilies of Bells. Cohen is an extremely creative and evocative composer, her works are wildly imaginative. The album is rich with musical surprises that reward repeat listens. The album begins with Inner Temple, Vol. 2 Ser. 1 "Brachot" ("Blessings"), a dramatic string quartet in three movements. The first movement begins with gliding lead violin lines before turning more brooding and less fluid, with bursts of sliding chords countered interspersed. A stead pizzicato shapes the second movement, played in turns by two violins and by viola and cello throughout nearly the Read more entire length of the piece. The final movement is characterized by frenzied violin lines that positively soar. Cohen returns to the Inner Temple theme later in the album with Inner Temple, Vol. 1 Ser. 12 "Bachot" and Inner Temple, Vol. 1 Ser. 11 "Shabbat Nigunim," both works for chamber orchestra which continue the spirit of the initial Inner Temple installment. The mood shifts slightly with the next composition, a triptych for chamber orchestra entitled Homage to Jean Cocteau and Jean Marais. Tension defines the sprawling first movement - both in the notes played and rests. The group's mallet percussion plays an especially important role in setting the mood, which is as uneasy as it is beautiful. The second movement gives the listener a chance to catch their breath, featuring the same tense feeling albeit with more sustained chords than the first movmeent's breakneck pace. The woodwinds take center stage on the third movement, giving an airy and lighter feel to th eotherwise dense piece. Taken as a whole, Homage to Jean Cocteau and Jean Marais is a glorious journey and a true highlight of the entire album. Next up is the title track suite, Red Lilies of Bells, Golden Lilies of Bells, White Lilies of Bells, presented as a trio for violin, cello and piano. The first movmeent and third movements are almost entirely spoken word with just the hint of a melody. The second movement of the Trio contains variety of bell-like sonorities, especially in the piano part, with spatters of chords and bursts of sound. This trio is an outlier among the several larger personnel works on the album, as is the solo cello performance on Hoffmanniana and duet for soprano and viola on Inscriptions on a Bamboo Screen. The interplay between voice and strings on Inscriptions pushes both instruments to soar to higher and higher planes. The composer herself adds cup going to the proceedings of the last movement, which compliments the percussive, steady plucking of the viola. And though the cello stands alone on Hoffmanniana, its collection of lively bowed and plucked techniques presents an intense display that matches the impact of its neighboring orchestral tracks. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Inner Temple, Vol. 2 Series 1 "Brachot" by Anna Elena Cohen
Performer:  Alexander Vavilov (Viola), Marissa Licata (Violin), Melissa Bull (Violin),
Sebastian Bäverstam (Cello)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2014; United States 
2.
Red Lilies of Bells, Golden Lilies of Bells, White Lilies of Bells by Anna Elena Cohen
Performer:  Marissa Licata (Violin), Alla Elana Cohen (Reader), Sebastian Bäverstam (Cello)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2014; United States 
3.
Triptych "Homage to Jean Cocteau & Jean Marais" by Anna Elena Cohen
Performer:  Ethan Wood (Violin), Alexander Vavilov (Viola), Matt Sharrock (Marimba),
Timur Rubinshteyn (Timpani), Izumi Sakamoto (Oboe), Alla Elana Cohen (Piano),
William Manley (Vibraphone), Todd Brunel (Clarinet), Bianca Garcia (Flute),
Marissa Licata (Violin), Sebastian Baverstam (Cello)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2013; United States 
4.
Inscriptions on a Bamboo Screen by Anna Elena Cohen
Performer:  Rachel Schmiege (Soprano), Alexander Vavilov (Viola), Alla Elana Cohen (Cup Gong)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2014; United States 
5.
Inner Temple, Vol. 1 Series 12 "Branchot" by Anna Elena Cohen
Performer:  Melissa Bull (Violin), Alexander Vavilov (Viola), Matt Sharrock (Marimba),
Timur Rubinshteyn (Timpani), Izumi Sakamoto (Oboe), Alla Elana Cohen (Piano),
Aaron Trant (Vibraphone), Todd Brunel (Clarinet), Bianca Garcia (Flute),
Marissa Licata (Violin), Sebastian Baverstam (Cello)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2014; United States 
6.
Hoffmanniana by Anna Elena Cohen
Performer:  Sebastian Baverstam (Cello)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2014; United States 
7.
Inner Temple, Vol. 1 Series 11 "Shabbat Nigunim" by Anna Elena Cohen
Performer:  Sebastian Baverstam (Cello), Melissa Bull (Violin), Matt Sharrock (Marimba),
Timur Rubinshteyn (Timpani), Izumi Sakamoto (Oboe), Alla Elana Cohen (Piano),
Aaron Trant (Vibraphone), Bianca Garcia (Flute), Marissa Licata (Violin),
Alexis Lanz (Clarinet), Lauren Nelson (Viola)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2014; United States 

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