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Chaya Czernowin: Shifting Gravity

Czernowin / Ensemble Nikel / Titus / Stockhammer
Release Date: 05/10/2011 
Label:  Wergo   Catalog #: 6726   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Chaya Czernowin
Performer:  Ipke Starke
Conductor:  Titus Engel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quatuor DiotimaEnsemble Courage
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 57 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

WERGO presents first recordings of chamber music works by the Israeli composer Chaya Czernowin. The eponymous series of works, 'Shifting Gravity', from 2008 connects the string quartets 'Anea Christal' with the compositions 'Sheva' and 'Sahaf'. The second part of the CD consists of the 'Winter Songs III' (2003). This WERGO production shows a different side of the artist who was born in Haifa in 1957 and who, up to now, has been appreciated mainly for her stage works, in particular for the much noticed music theatre play 'Pnima ... Ins Innere' or her adaptation of Mozart's 'Zaïde / Adama'. The instrumental works were all created after the music-theatre plays, associating notions like paralysis, adherence, proliferation. The field of Read more tension resulting therefrom corresponds with Czernowin's own descriptions: 'Anea is the imaginary name of a 'music crystal' created from a latticework of corresponding musical gestures according to the model of an ionic crystal'. 'Winter Songs' are described by her as follows: 'The whole cycle reflects the aspect of winter which is about being pulled into the inner cave... At the same time, underneath, in the ground, the roots of life slowly grow stiff and blindly start to search for a path between the stones'. Read less

Works on This Recording

Shifting Gravity, for string quartet by Chaya Czernowin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quatuor Diotima
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2008 
Length: 39 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Roots, Winter Songs 3, for 7 instruments, percussion & electronics by Chaya Czernowin
Performer:  Ipke Starke (Electronics)
Conductor:  Titus Engel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Courage
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2003-2004 
Date of Recording: 05/19/2004 
Venue:  Hellerau 
Length: 16 Minutes 49 Secs. 

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