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Hirschfeld: Chamber Works

Hirschfeld / De Arce / Badczong / Gobel
Release Date: 06/28/2005 
Label:  Col Legno   Catalog #: 20058   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Caspar René Hirschfeld
Performer:  Grit Díaz de ArceAndreas GöbelMatthias Badczong
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Hirschfeld deliberately distinguished solitude, or loneliness, from a state that leads to depression or despair. For him, the contemplation of one’s self leads to the “dialogue with one self and with nature”, as is the case, e.g., in his Chant of the Night, which is based on poems by Walt Whitman. Hirschfeld chose Whitman’s Leaves of Grass with its portrayal of human solitude in the plains as a starting point in order to develop the music from a simple melodic cell, “which, like human consciousness, holds an intense dialogue with nature and which is transformed, and even transcended, only eventually to return to its origin.” (Hirschfeld) In Makyo, solitary peace fuels the interplay among various inner images, which are represented as Read more manifold variations (ranging from a prelude pulsing in slow-motion and a densely packed scherzo to a simple song). Hirschfeld packs solitude in its purest form into the part for bass clarinet in the piece Solo op. 33: “There is not a single suggestion, no designation of movements, no dialoguing polyphony: there is only sound and silence…” Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Chant of the Night, for voice, Op. 37 by Caspar René Hirschfeld
Performer:  Grit Díaz de Arce (Soprano)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 1991 
Venue:  Ballhaus Naunynstraße, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 10 Minutes 18 Secs. 
2. Makyo, variations for piano, Op. 43 by Caspar René Hirschfeld
Performer:  Andreas Göbel (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 1994 
Venue:  Ballhaus Naunynstraße, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 30 Minutes 12 Secs. 
3. Solo for Bass Clarinet, Op. 33 by Caspar René Hirschfeld
Performer:  Matthias Badczong (Bass Clarinet)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1991 
Venue:  Ballhaus Naunynstraße, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 15 Minutes 16 Secs. 

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