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Touched by the Strings / Bieler, Alber, Orpheus Vokalensemble


Release Date: 09/08/2017 
Label:  Carus   Catalog #: 83481  
Composer:  Ola GjeiloWolfram BuchenbergKnut NystedtVytautas Miskinis,   ... 
Performer:  Ida Bieler
Conductor:  Michael Alber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheus Vocal Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The present album explores the question of how two ostensibly opposite protagonists, such as a solo violin and a mixed choir, can form a closed artistic form. European composers with various stylistic roots were confronted with this question. The result is an exciting conceptual album filled with compositional surprises and new sonic ideas which demonstrate how varied the respective composers’ approach to the task was and how they found coherent and creative solutions. The composers reveal differing conceptual approaches when answering these questions. Nystedt and Hubner decided to write a kind of concerto for violin and choir in which the violin as soloist outdoes the choir- in its role as orchestra- with its virtuosity, simultaneously Read more commenting on the test or affirming it with doublings. Hoybye stages a theater piece, assigning clear roles to the solo violin and the choir; the violin, representing the voice of God, enters into a dialogue with the choir which represents the voice of man. They speak to one another, they comment on each other, wrestle with each other, spur each other on and thus develop a musical momentum. Buchenberg works with a cross-fading technique and sound surfaces, Miskinis alternates between the violin taking on the function of a descant and a blending of violin and choir, whereas Gjeilo integrates the violin in the choir’s sound weave, turning it into an additional soprano voice, as it were. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
O Magnum Mysterium by Ola Gjeilo
Performer:  Ida Bieler (Violin)
Conductor:  Michael Alber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheus Vocal Ensemble
2.
Splendor paterne glorie by Wolfram Buchenberg
Performer:  Ida Bieler (Violin)
Conductor:  Michael Alber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheus Vocal Ensemble
3.
Ave Maria by Knut Nystedt
Performer:  Ida Bieler (Violin)
Conductor:  Michael Alber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheus Vocal Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Norway 
4.
In lectulo meo by Vytautas Miskinis
Performer:  Ida Bieler (Violin)
Conductor:  Michael Alber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheus Vocal Ensemble
5.
Ich rufe zu Gott by Gregor Hubner
Performer:  Ida Bieler (Violin)
Conductor:  Michael Alber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheus Vocal Ensemble
6.
Psalm 151 by John Hoybye
Performer:  Ida Bieler (Violin)
Conductor:  Michael Alber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheus Vocal Ensemble

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