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Stone And Steel - Zimmerli, Purcell, Dowland, Etc / Kristina Reiko Cooper, Satoshi Takeishi, John Novacek


Release Date: 11/11/2008 
Label:  Linus   Catalog #: 270103   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Henry PurcellJohn DowlandAnonymousPatrick Zimmerli,   ... 
Performer:  John NovacekSatoshi TakeishiKristina Reiko Cooper
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is different. These are arrangements for cello, piano and percussion of Medieval, Gregorian and Baroque pieces – with a couple of original compositions into the bargain. The focus of the disc is the cellist Kristina Keiko Cooper whilst in terms of arrangements the majority derive from Patrick Zimmerli. The ethos is jazz-tinged, or rock-influenced; Latin American dance rhythms have a strong element to play as well.

We start with Dido’s Lament, though I doubt it’s been ‘a pop hit for many centuries’ as the booklet suggests – that summons up the bizarre idea of electric guitars and flared trousers down the ages. The theme emerges after a Piazzollan mêlée of some drama. The other Purcell theme is the love song
Read more Hide Those Eyes in this arrangement by Kenji Bunch. This has Anglo-Chinese elements with the cello’s pizzicati adding a certain amount of tension whilst the piano offers mainly supportive chording. Zimmerli is back for a fast and combative Dowland revisiting of George Whitehead’s Allemand. The use of a Swedish snare drum in Satoshi Takeishi’s kit offers its own timbral authority. Quite jazzy, this one. The anonymous Gregorian chant Auctori vite psalmis is another piece arranged by Patrick Zimmerli. It has meditative nobility as befits the source material with a supportive piano and evocative percussive gestures. When things speed up they get progressively rockier and there’s an extensive cello cadenza from the disc’s primarius Kristina Keiko Cooper.

Rameau has a Caribbean beat, quite insistent and driving, but with a slow and reflective second part which works well. Dowland’s Flow My Tears is given a rumba treatment. Bunch’s original Crawspace was written for cello in 1996 and then transcribed for viola eight years alter. It tests the stamina and range of the cellist in a broadly rock-based context, heavily insistent and rhythmic; in fact guitar heroes prove to be a starting point for the composer – Hendrix, Jimmy Page and Van Halen. The longest track is Zimmerli’s own Stone and Steel, the work that gives its name to the album’s title. It was written for the CD and pays allusive homage to classical composers along the way – Gregorian chant and Brahms are specifically noted in the booklet as reference points. To me the Piazzollan influence is there again, so too a strongly lyric strength but a busy and jazz-sourced sound world as well. To finish we have a back-to-the-future electronic version of Dido’s Lament.

There’s an attractive if occasionally vaporous booklet. If you’re a fan of Kristina Keiko Cooper – her booklet biography calls her ‘enchanting’ – you have four full colour photographs to enchant you.

-- Jonathan Woolf, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Dido and Aeneas, Z 626: Thy hand, Belinda...When I am laid in earth by Henry Purcell
Performer:  John Novacek (Piano), Satoshi Takeishi (Percussion), Kristina Reiko Cooper (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1689; England 
2.
Oh! fair Cedaria, hide those eyes, Z 402 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Satoshi Takeishi (Percussion), Kristina Reiko Cooper (Cello), John Novacek (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
3.
Allemande by John Dowland
Performer:  Satoshi Takeishi (Percussion), Kristina Reiko Cooper (Cello), John Novacek (Piano)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
4.
Antiphon no 1 by Anonymous
Performer:  Satoshi Takeishi (Percussion), Kristina Reiko Cooper (Cello), John Novacek (Piano)
Period: Medieval 
5.
After Rameau by Patrick Zimmerli
Performer:  Satoshi Takeishi (Percussion), Kristina Reiko Cooper (Cello), John Novacek (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
6.
Crawlspace by Adolf Busch
Performer:  Satoshi Takeishi (Percussion), Kristina Reiko Cooper (Cello), John Novacek (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
7.
Columba aspexit by Hildegard of Bingen
Performer:  Satoshi Takeishi (Percussion), Kristina Reiko Cooper (Cello), John Novacek (Piano)
Period: Medieval 
Written: 12th Century; Germany 
8.
Stone and Steel by Patrick Zimmerli
Performer:  Satoshi Takeishi (Percussion), Kristina Reiko Cooper (Cello), John Novacek (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 

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