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Ruders: Fairytale, De Profundis, Etc / Solyom, Adès, Et Al

Release Date: 05/25/2004 
Label:  Bridge   Catalog #: 9143   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Poul Ruders
Performer:  Thomas AdèsDavid Colson
Conductor:  Stefan SolyomSir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orkester NordenQuattro ManiBBC Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Poul Ruders' Concerto in Pieces, one of the most witty and brilliant orchestral works to appear in recent years, already has been released by Bridge on a disc containing Melinda Wagner's Flute Concerto, but here it appears more aptly coupled to music by this brilliant and always rewarding composer. Fairytale only lives up to its name if you think of the terrifying examples by the Brothers Grimm: it's a 10-minute orchestral tornado inspired by a Hans Christian Andersen tale called "The Story of the Wind". Behind the wildness you can clearly hear just how well calculated the piece really is, with carefully positioned points of contrast, and it's not a note too long.

Read more Second Piano Sonata, magnificently played here by Thomas Adès in a concert performance from the Aldeburgh Festival, is the longest piece on the disc, lasting some 25 minutes. Although not conventionally melodic, the musical materials are largely tonal and harmonically quite beautiful, particularly in the finale which consists of block chords that cleverly exploit the entire coloristic range of the keyboard. I particularly enjoyed the jazzy third movement, a sort of demented encounter between Ruders and Vince Guaraldi. De Profundis, for two pianos and percussion, lives up to its title in that it pursues a steady course from low sounds to high, beginning darkly, in the depths, but ending ethereally and gently. Quattro Mani and percussionist David Colson also play extremely well, seeming to have a great time with the work's fascinating timbral combinations (you gotta love those gongs).

Although these performances all stem from different venues, the sonics are uniformly outstanding. If I have any complaint, it's that the presence of an audience, however considerate, detracts somewhat from the sonata's very quiet second movement--but in all other respects the engineering is as superb as are the performances. Ruders is one of those composers that you simply can't take for granted; he's always surprising, always interesting, and always worth waiting for. If you're into good contemporary music, you'll need this disc. [9/22/2004]
--David Hurwitz, Read less

Works on This Recording

Fairytale by Poul Ruders
Conductor:  Stefan Solyom
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orkester Norden
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1999 
Venue:  Live  Copenhagen, Denmark 
Sonata for Piano no 2 by Poul Ruders
Performer:  Thomas Adès (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1982; Denmark 
Venue:  Live  Aldeburgh Festival, England 
De Profundis by Poul Ruders
Performer:  David Colson (Percussion)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quattro Mani
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1990; Denmark 
Concerto in Pieces by Poul Ruders
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1994-1995; Denmark 

Sound Samples

Piano Sonata No. 2: I. Vivace e Ritmico
Piano Sonata No. 2: II. Tempo Di Srabande
Piano Sonata No. 2: III. Leggiero e Elegante
Piano Sonata No. 2: IV. Monumentale e Senza Espressione
De Profundis
Concerto In Pieces: I. Theme and Variation I, Vivace Maestoso
Concerto In Pieces: II. Variations II, Vivace Scherzando
Concerto In Pieces: III. Variation III, Parlando Ala Breve
Concerto In Pieces: IV, Variation IV, Largo Recitativo
Concerto In Pieces: V. Variations V, Allegretto Capriccioso
Concerto In Pieces: VI. Variation VI, Martellato Feroce
Concerto In Pieces: VII. Variation VII, Andante Lamentoso
Concerto In Pieces: VIII. Variation VIII, Adagio Lontano
Concerto In Pieces: IX. Variation IX, Intermezzo
Concerto In Pieces: X. Variation X, Finale Fugato, Vivace

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