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Sir Harrison Birtwistle: Songs, 1970 - 2006

Birtwistle / Rossi / Kuss Quartet / Korber
Release Date: 06/09/2015 
Label:  Toccata Classics   Catalog #: 281   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Harrison Birtwistle
Performer:  Alice Rossi
Conductor:  Stefan Asbury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kuss String QuartetDas Neue EnsembleHmtmh Theater Und Medien Hannover Soloists
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Instrumental and vocal techniques are intertwined in the music of Harrison Birtwistle: he often treats the voice instrumentally and his instrumental writing has vocal characteristics. Many of his works for small ensembles, with or without voices, occupy this common ground, his highly individual style juxtaposing the static and the violently dynamic and intersecting with his fondness for ritual and myth – not least a recurrent concern with the figure of Orpheus. This recording presents some of these relatively neglected pieces, recorded live in the presence of the composer, who also talks about his songs in interview. Instrumental and vocal techniques are intertwined in the music of Harrison Birtwistle: he often treats the voice instrumentally and his instrumental writing has vocal characteristics. Many of his works for small ensembles, with or without voices, occupy this common ground, his highly individual style juxtaposing the static and the violently dynamic and intersecting with his fondness for ritual and myth – not least a recurrent concern with the figure of Orpheus. This recording presents some of these relatively neglected pieces, recorded live in the presence of the composer, who also talks about his songs in interview. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Settings (9) of Lorine Niedecker by Harrison Birtwistle
Performer:  Alice Rossi (Soprano)
Conductor:  Stefan Asbury
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kuss String Quartet,  Das Neue Ensemble,  Hmtmh Theater Und Medien Hannover Soloists
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1998-2000; England 
2.
Orpheus Elegies, for countertenor, oboe & harp by Harrison Birtwistle
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2003 
3.
Nenia: The Death of Orpheus by Harrison Birtwistle
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1970; England 
4.
Lullaby, for 2-part soprano chorus by Harrison Birtwistle
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2006 
5.
Songs By Myself by Harrison Birtwistle
6.
Cantus Iambeus by Harrison Birtwistle
7.
Fantasia III by Harrison Birtwistle
8.
Frieze I by Harrison Birtwistle

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