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Alto/Multiples

Desjardins / Hindemith / Zimmermann / Fedele
Release Date: 03/09/2010 
Label:  Aeon   Catalog #: 981   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Paul HindemithBernd Alois ZimmermannLuciano BerioEmmanuel Nunes,   ... 
Performer:  Christophe Desjardins
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 26 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Accustomed to singular journeys and daring propositions, Christophe Desjardins now offers us a veritable comprehensive survey devoted to his instrument. Viola/Multiples, a double-CD set, reflects a large portion of his activity as a performer: his fruitful collaboration with today's leading composers and an ever-renewed desire to decompartmentalise genres and repertoires. The first disc, Solo, invites us to stroll through the 20th century, visiting the masterpieces for solo viola, from Paul Hindemith to Luciano Berio, that imposed it as a full-fledged solo instrument. Their interpretation, by a top-ranking artist so familiar with this repertoire, makes this a unique testimony to 20th-century music. The aim of the second disc, Multiples, is Read more to open up musical and instrumental horizons by both the multiplying effect as well as by putting works of our time into perspective with pieces of early music. Using the technique of re-recording, Christophe Desjardins thus gives us a world premiere recording of Pierre Boulez's Messagesquisse but also increasing his instrument in other ways, creating dialogues between Gilles Binchois and Jonathan Harvey or Carlo Gesualdo and Wolfgang Rihm. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Viola solo, Op. 25 no 1 by Paul Hindemith
Performer:  Christophe Desjardins (Viola)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1922; Germany 
Venue:  Kirche Marthalen 
Length: 14 Minutes 22 Secs. 
2.
Sonata for Viola solo by Bernd Alois Zimmermann
Performer:  Christophe Desjardins (Viola)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1955; Germany 
Venue:  Kirche Marthalen 
Length: 8 Minutes 50 Secs. 
3.
Sequenza VI for Viola solo by Luciano Berio
Performer:  Christophe Desjardins (Viola)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1967; USA 
Venue:  Kirche Marthalen 
Length: 12 Minutes 1 Secs. 
4.
Einspielung No. 3, for solo viola by Emmanuel Nunes
Performer:  Christophe Desjardins (Viola)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 1982 
Venue:  Kirche Marthalen 
Length: 20 Minutes 28 Secs. 
5.
Figment 4 by Elliott Carter
Performer:  Christophe Desjardins (Viola)
Period: 20th Century 
Venue:  La Muse en Circuit, Alfortville, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 38 Secs. 
6.
Tant plus ayme tant plus suy mal amé, rondeau for 3 voices, R. 43 by Gilles Binchois
Performer:  Christophe Desjardins (Viola)
Period: Medieval 
Venue:  La Muse en Circuit, Alfortville, France 
Length: 5 Minutes 1 Secs. 
7.
Messagesquisse by Pierre Boulez
Performer:  Christophe Desjardins (Viola)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1977 
Venue:  La Muse en Circuit, Alfortville, France 
Length: 7 Minutes 45 Secs. 
8.
Malor me bat, for 3 violas (after Ockeghem) by Bruno Maderna
Performer:  Christophe Desjardins (Viola)
Venue:  La Muse en Circuit, Alfortville, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 13 Secs. 
9.
Canzona nuova, for 5 violas (or 1 viola & 4 recorded violas) by Wolfgang Rihm
Performer:  Christophe Desjardins (Viola)
Period: Contemporary 
Venue:  La Muse en Circuit, Alfortville, France 
Length: 32 Minutes 15 Secs. 
10.
Ricercar for Cello solo no 1 in G minor by Domenico Gabrielli
Performer:  Christophe Desjardins (Viola)
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  La Muse en Circuit, Alfortville, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 2 Secs. 
11.
Ricercare una melodia by Jonathan Harvey
Performer:  Christophe Desjardins (Viola)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1984; England 
Venue:  La Muse en Circuit, Alfortville, France 
Length: 5 Minutes 59 Secs. 
12.
Madrigals, Book 6: Languisce al fin chi da la vita parte by Carlo Gesualdo
Performer:  Christophe Desjardins (Viola)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1611; Italy 
Venue:  La Muse en Circuit, Alfortville, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 32 Secs. 
13.
Elettra, for viola & electronics by Ivan Fedele
Performer:  Christophe Desjardins (Viola)
Venue:  La Muse en Circuit, Alfortville, France 
Length: 12 Minutes 28 Secs. 
14.
Prologue, for viola & resonators by Gerard Grisey
Performer:  Christophe Desjardins (Viola)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1976 

Sound Samples

Viola Sonata, Op. 25, No. 1: I. Breit viertel - II. Sehr frisch und straff
Viola Sonata, Op. 25, No. 1: III. Sehr langsam
Viola Sonata, Op. 25, No. 1: IV. Rasendes Zeitmass. Wild. Tonschonheit ist Nebensache
Viola Sonata, Op. 25, No. 1: V. Langsam, aber mit viel Ausdruck
Viola Sonata
Sequenza VI
Les espaces acoustiques: Prologue
Einspielung III
Figment IV
Tant plus ayme tant plus suy mal ame (arr. G. Kroll)
Messagesquisse (arr. for viola)
Malheur me bat (arr. B. Madena)
Canzona
Ricercare No. 1 (arr. for viola)
Ricercare una Melodia (arr. for viola)
Madrigals for 5 Voices, Book 5: No. 10. Occhi del mio cor vita (arr. C. Desjardins)
Elettra

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