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Johann Schollhorn: Clouds And Sky

Release Date: 03/26/2013 
Label:  Mode   Catalog #: 255   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johannes Schollhorn
Performer:  Jan Philip SchulzeGareth Davis
Conductor:  Peter Rundel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  West German Radio Symphony OrchestraJACK QuartetLes Percussions de Strasbourg
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Johannes Schöllhorn (b.1962), is a student of Ferneyhough, Huber and Nunes, and is among Germany’s leading younger generation composers. This is the first release of his music on an American label. 'clouds and sky' is based on a late Nocturne by Gabriel Fauré, which the orchestra plays in absolute slow motion while the piano soloist plays the original Fauré. The slow tempo and the soft orchestration transform the harmonic and melodic progression into something completely different – a big, but transparent, painting inspired by James McNeill Whistler’s painting “Clouds and Sky, Venice.” 'red and blue', originally written for Les Percussions de Strasbourg, is a metallic landscape akin to the large abstract paintings of Read more Barnett Newman, where the listener is completely surrounded by a wave of different tam-tam colors with cymbal and crotales overtones. 'rota', for contrabass clarinet and string quartet, is an intensive sequence of different rotating musical elements, at the same time archaic and complex like the Spanish dance called rota. It shows a wide range of expressions – from harsh and virtuoso counterpoint to lyrical solo parts and poetic sound fields. The clarinet is integrated into the sound of the string quartet as a bass voice, widening the register of the strings. 'A self-same-song', is a wild and virtuoso solo for contrabass clarinet based on Gershwin’s “A Foggy Day. Read less

Works on This Recording

Clouds and Sky by Johannes Schollhorn
Performer:  Jan Philip Schulze (Piano)
Conductor:  Peter Rundel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  West German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Written: 2010 
Rota by Johannes Schollhorn
Performer:  Gareth Davis (Bass Clarinet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  JACK Quartet
Written: 2008 
A Self-Same Song by Johannes Schollhorn
Performer:  Gareth Davis (Bass Clarinet)
Written: 2010 
Red and Blue by Johannes Schollhorn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Percussions de Strasbourg
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1999 

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