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Uberbach / Knauer, Schumacher, Zurich Chamber Orchestra [Vinyl]


Release Date: 10/28/2016 
Label:  Neue Meister   Catalog #: 0300827NM  
Composer:  Arash Safaian
Performer:  Pascal SchumacherSebastian Knauer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The UberBach album is a collection of compositions by the Munich-based composer Arash Safaian on themes by Johann Sebastian Bach. Safaian starts off with various pieces by Bach- chorales, orchestral works, organ and clavier music- and works with them to create five concertos for piano, vibraphone and chamber orchestra. Arash Safaian’s musical partner is the internationally acclaimed pianist Sebastian Knauer. Sebastian Knauer writes of this project: “When I heard the first example of UberBach, I was enthusiastic about the project at once. The virtuosity of the piano part, the melodiousness of the compositions and the closely woven sound made a deep impression on me. I imagined I was listening to Bach and yet it sounded too modern for the Read more original.” He called his long-time musical partner, the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, the very next day and organized the recording. Arash Safaian is an artist, composer, and producer. He is the son of artist Ali Akbar Safaian, an important representative of Iranian modernism. Born in Teheran, he grew up in Bayreuth, where he was exposed to Richard Wagner’s operas at an early age. Alongside his interest in music, painting and sculpture shaped his childhood and youth. He has made his mark as a composer with orchestral works, ensemble pieces, film music and operas. He currently lives and works in Munich. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto No. 1 "Infinite Games" by Arash Safaian
Performer:  Pascal Schumacher (Vibraphone), Sebastian Knauer (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Chamber Orchestra
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2016; Germany 
2.
Concerto No. 2 "As Above so Below" by Arash Safaian
Performer:  Pascal Schumacher (Vibraphone), Sebastian Knauer (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Chamber Orchestra
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2016; Germany 
3.
Modulation: Looping Bach by Arash Safaian
Performer:  Pascal Schumacher (Vibraphone), Sebastian Knauer (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Chamber Orchestra
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2016; Germany 
4.
Concerto No. 3 "Fuge like a Passion" by Arash Safaian
Performer:  Pascal Schumacher (Vibraphone), Sebastian Knauer (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Chamber Orchestra
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2016; Germany 
5.
Concerto No. 4 "Newton's Law" by Arash Safaian
Performer:  Pascal Schumacher (Vibraphone), Sebastian Knauer (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Chamber Orchestra
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2016; Germany 
6.
Concerto No. 5 "Dorian" by Arash Safaian
Performer:  Pascal Schumacher (Vibraphone), Sebastian Knauer (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Chamber Orchestra
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2016; Germany 

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