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Akoka: Reframing Olivier Messiaen's Quartet For The End Of Time

Krakauer,David / Haimovitz,Matt / Socalled,Jonatha
Release Date: 04/01/2014 
Label:  Oxingale Records   Catalog #: 2022   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  David KrakauerOlivier MessiaenSo Called
Performer:  Geoff NuttallFrederic ChiuDavid KrakauerMatt Haimovitz
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In this reframing of Olivier Messiaen’s masterpiece Quartet for the End of Time, clarinetist David Krakauer — praised internationally for his ability to play in a myriad of music genres with “prodigious chops” (The New Yorker) and “soulfulness and electrifying showiness” (The New York Times) — and musical pioneer cellist Matt Haimovitz — described as “one of the leading cellists of his generation” (The New York Times) and “intensely sensitive and perfectly poised" (Gramophone Magazine) — have created a recording and live concert experience of great emotional power.

In a rare live recording, AKOKA bookmarks the complete Messiaen masterwork Quartet for the End of Time between Krakauer’s own Akoka, and Meanwhile… by sound
Read more artist Socalled. The album lifts Messiaen’s original work out of the polite context of a chamber music performance and places it in a dramatic setting that drives home its gravity and impact, while bringing it into the 21st century. As the forces of fundamentalism, intolerance and violence intensify in today’s world, this particular mounting of the great work seems all the more timely.
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Works on This Recording

Akoka, for clarinet, violin, cello & piano by David Krakauer
Performer:  Geoff Nuttall (Violin), Frederic Chiu (Piano), David Krakauer (Clarinet),
Matt Haimovitz (Cello)
Period: Contemporary 
Length: 5 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Quatuor pour la fin du temps by Olivier Messiaen
Performer:  Geoff Nuttall (Violin), Frederic Chiu (Piano), David Krakauer (Clarinet),
Matt Haimovitz (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; Silesia, Poland 
Length: 47 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Meanwhile..., for clarinet, violin, cello, piano & electronics by So Called
Performer:  Geoff Nuttall (Violin), David Krakauer (Clarinet), Frederic Chiu (Piano),
Matt Haimovitz (Cello)
Period: Contemporary 
Length: 8 Minutes 46 Secs. 

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