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Czernowin: Wintersongs / Wessel, Gavett, Schick, International Contemporary Ensemble


Release Date: 06/16/2017 
Label:  Kairos   Catalog #: 15008  
Composer:  Chaya Czernowin
Performer:  Kai WesselJeffrey Gavett
Conductor:  Steven Schick
Orchestra/Ensemble:  International Contemporary Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

No other work marks the changes and developments of Czernowin's work as Wintersongs. The first wintersong was written in 2002 and the last was written in 2014, right after ''Hidden'', which marks the outward cusp of the change in Czernowin's work. While the existential and elemental quality of the music are intensely present as before, the engagement with the slower but entangled temporal perception reveals an immersive quality. The music becomes an experience where rapture and continuity are shaping the sound as if it was a living matter, while creating opening and closing spaces inside the structure. No other work marks the changes and developments of Czernowin's work as Wintersongs. The first wintersong was written in 2002 and the last was written in 2014, right after ''Hidden'', which marks the outward cusp of the change in Czernowin's work. While the existential and elemental quality of the music are intensely present as before, the engagement with the slower but entangled temporal perception reveals an immersive quality. The music becomes an experience where rapture and continuity are shaping the sound as if it was a living matter, while creating opening and closing spaces inside the structure. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Wintersongs: No. 5, Forgotten Light by Chaya Czernowin
Performer:  Kai Wessel (Countertenor), Jeffrey Gavett (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Steven Schick
Orchestra/Ensemble:  International Contemporary Ensemble
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2014; United States 
2.
Action Sketches (5): No. 1, Breathe by Chaya Czernowin
Performer:  Kai Wessel (Countertenor), Jeffrey Gavett (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Steven Schick
Orchestra/Ensemble:  International Contemporary Ensemble
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2014; United States 
3.
Wintersongs: No. 4, Wounds / Mistletoe by Chaya Czernowin
Conductor:  Steven Schick
Orchestra/Ensemble:  International Contemporary Ensemble
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2014; United States 
4.
Action Sketches (5): No. 2, So Narrow by Chaya Czernowin
Performer:  Kai Wessel (Countertenor), Jeffrey Gavett (Bass Baritone)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2014; United States 
5.
Actions Sketches (5): No. 4, Silver by Chaya Czernowin
Performer:  Kai Wessel (Countertenor), Jeffrey Gavett (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Steven Schick
Orchestra/Ensemble:  International Contemporary Ensemble
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2014; United States 
6.
Wintersongs: No. 2, Stones by Chaya Czernowin
Conductor:  Steven Schick
Orchestra/Ensemble:  International Contemporary Ensemble
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2003; United States 
7.
Action Sketches (5): No. 5, Sand by Chaya Czernowin
Performer:  Kai Wessel (Countertenor), Jeffrey Gavett (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Steven Schick
Orchestra/Ensemble:  International Contemporary Ensemble
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2014; United States 

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