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Barraqué: Oeuvres Complètes / Cambreling, Wyttenbach, Et Al

Release Date: 05/26/1998 
Label:  Cpo   Catalog #: 999569   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Jean Barraqué
Performer:  Ernesto MolinariCharlie FischerRosemary HardyDeborah Miles-Johnson,   ... 
Conductor:  Sylvain CambrelingJürg WyttenbachPeter Rundel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Klangforum WienNova Ensemble
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 3 Hours 38 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Jean Barraqué remains an elusive figure in post-war French music. His compositional career spanned 1950, when he began his brilliant Piano Sonata, to 1968 when he brought his second instrumental work, the concerto for two instruments and six trios, to completion. In between come a single work for tape and four enormous cycles for voice and chamber ensemble. His idiom is serial and superficially resembles Boulez although there is a romantic desperation quite unlike anyone else. For Barraqué, serialism offered the only viable choice after what he perceived as the perversions of Romanticism during the Second World War. The two instrumental works are among the most challenging and beautiful of their period. The vocal works, three of them Read more centered around texts derived from Broch's epic novel, 'The Death of Virgil,' surround the lyric, haunted voice with instrumental sounds that continually threaten to erupt and engulf the protagonist. The instrumental work is beyond praise. The vocal performances bring together singers with a vocal beauty not expected in this repertoire. Their ability to phrase and sing on the word regardless of the difficulty of the vocal line give the listener the best way into this difficult but fascinating music. Read less

Works on This Recording

Concerto for Clarinet, Vibraphone and 18 Instruments by Jean Barraqué
Performer:  Ernesto Molinari (Clarinet), Charlie Fischer (Percussion)
Conductor:  Sylvain Cambreling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Klangforum Wien
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1968; France 
Date of Recording: 02/1995 
Venue:  Mozart Hall, Konzerthaus, Vienna 
Length: 33 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Le temps restitué by Jean Barraqué
Performer:  Rosemary Hardy (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Sylvain Cambreling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Klangforum Wien,  Nova Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957/1968; France 
Date of Recording: 09/1995 
Venue:  Mozart Hall, Konzerthaus, Vienna 
Length: 39 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Language: French 
Au delà du hasard by Jean Barraqué
Performer:  Deborah Miles-Johnson (Alto), Christina Ascher (Voice), Bernhard Zachhuber (Clarinet),
Florian Müller (Piano), Julie Moffat (Voice)
Conductor:  Jürg Wyttenbach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Klangforum Wien
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1958-1959; France 
Date of Recording: 02/1995 
Venue:  Mozart Hall, Konzerthaus, Vienna 
Length: 41 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Language: French 
Chant après chant by Jean Barraqué
Performer:  Claudia Barainsky (Voice)
Conductor:  Peter Rundel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Klangforum Wien
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1966; France 
Date of Recording: 01/16/1996 
Venue:  Zögernitz Casino, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 22 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: French 
Etude by Jean Barraqué
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952-1953; France 
Date of Recording: 1952-53 
Venue:  Ina-GRM Studios 
Length: 5 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Séquence by Jean Barraqué
Performer:  Rosemary Hardy (Voice)
Conductor:  Jürg Wyttenbach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Klangforum Wien
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950-1955; France 
Date of Recording: 01/14/1996 
Venue:  Zögernitz Casino, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 19 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Language: French 
Sonata for Piano by Jean Barraqué
Performer:  Stefan Litwin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950-1952; France 
Date of Recording: 10/1997 
Venue:  West German Radio, Cologne, Germany 
Length: 54 Minutes 23 Secs. 

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