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Zender: Adonde? Wohin?

Release Date: 01/27/2017 
Label:  Wergo   Catalog #: 73362  
Composer:  Hans Zender
Performer:  Ernst KovacicAngelika Luz
Conductor:  Sylvain CambrelingSusanna MälkkiMarcus CreedEmilio Pomàrico
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Klangforum WienBavarian Radio Symphony OrchestraBavarian Radio Chorus,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Zender has worked to give the central category of “harmony” a special “oppositional” character. Out of his growing dissatisfaction with the equal tempered tuning system, he pushed the treatment of microintonation to the point of dividing the octave into 72 microintervals. It requires enormous vocal and instrumental mastery to make this microtonality seem an unanticipated enrichment. The four compositions on this album, presented here for the first time as a cycle, are steeped in these complex and subtle harmonic ideas, rich in possibilities yet extremely fragile. The pieces, with different performing combinations, function as a cycle primarily because of the poet chosen. ‘St. John of the Cross’ a great Spanish mystic of the 16th century. Read more His “Cántico spiritual” is counted among the literary high points of the Spanish Golden Age. Zender set the first 14 of the complete 40 verses in a manner “entirely like Mozart”; this easily fits into Zender’s sophisticated and pluralistic musical and literary view of the world, which mediates between Hölderlin and Joyce, Shakespeare and Michaux, Dada and the Bible, and which discovers closer connections between Surrealism and Zen philosophy, or Master Eckart and Master Ikkyu, “than are dreamt of in our philosophy”. Read less

Works on This Recording

Adónde? Wohin? by Hans Zender
Performer:  Ernst Kovacic (Violin), Angelika Luz (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sylvain Cambreling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Klangforum Wien
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2008; Germany 
Oh bosques | O Wälder by Hans Zender
Performer:  Angelika Luz (Soprano)
Conductor:  Susanna Mälkki
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Chorus
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2010; Germany 
Por qué? Warum? by Hans Zender
Conductor:  Marcus Creed
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Vocal Ensemble Choir
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2011; Germany 
Oh cristalina... by Hans Zender
Conductor:  Emilio Pomàrico
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Vocal Ensemble Choir,  SWR Baden-Baden and Freiburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2014/2016; Germany 

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