Voices of Angels / Stotijn, Power, Stockholm Syndrome Ensemble

Release Date: 7/3/2020
Label: BIS
Catalog Number: BIS-2344
Orchestra/Ensemble: Stockholm Syndrome Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1

Physical Format:

SACD
In Stock
$19.99
Notes and Editorial Reviews
The Stockholm Syndrome Ensemble is – as the name implies – based in Stockholm, and consists of five of the city's leading musicians. Project-based and often inviting guest performers, the SSE is known for its imaginative programmes built around a particular event or concept and bringing together music from various genres and eras. For its first release on BIS the ensemble has taken Brett Dean’s Voices of Angels as their point of departure, a work scored for the same forces as Schubert’s ‘Trout quintet’ and inspired by Rainer Maria Rilke’s first two Duino Elegies: ‘Angels (it’s said) are often unable to tell whether they move amongst the living or the dead.’ Dean’s work from 1996 opens a programme which ranges from Bach to Sofia Gubaidulina, and includes various scorings for between two and six performers. The angels reappear in songs by Wagner and Gubaidulina performed by Christianne Stotijn, one of the ensemble’s guests on this disc – but it is also safe to assume that they are standing around the heavenly throne which Bach approaches in the chorale prelude ‘Vor Deinen Thron tret ich hiermit’ – here transcribed for strings. The same prelude is the subject of Gubaidulina’s Meditation, while the disc closes with a work by Gubaidulina’s friend Alfred Schnittke, namely his Hymn for cello and double bass.
Works on This Recording
1. Ein Engel... by Sofia Gubaidulina
Performer: Rick Stotijn (Double Bass)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1994 ;
1. Voices of Angels by Brett Dean
Performer: Andrej Power (Violin), Lawrence Power (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Stockholm Syndrome Ensemble
Period: Contemporary
Written: 1996 ; Australia
2. Songs (14), Op. 34: no 8, Music by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer: Simon Crawford-Phillips (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1910-1912 ; Russia
2. Hymns (4): Hymn II by Alfred Schnittke
Performer: Rick Stotijn (Double Bass)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1974 ; Germany
3. Vor deinen Thron tret'ich hiermit, BWV 668 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Orchestra/Ensemble: Stockholm Syndrome Ensemble
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1723 ; ?Weimar, Germany
4. Meditation on the J. S. Bach chorale "Vor deinen Thron tret ich hiermit" by Sofia Gubaidulina
Performer: Lawrence Power (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Stockholm Syndrome Ensemble
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1993 ; Germany
5. Wesendonck Lieder: no 1, Der Engel by Richard Wagner
Performer: Simon Crawford-Phillips (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1857-1858 ; Germany
6. Songs (12), Op. 21: no 7, How fair this spot by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer: Simon Crawford-Phillips (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1902 ; Russia
7. Songs (12), Op. 21: no 7, How fair this spot by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer: Simon Crawford-Phillips (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1902 ; Russia
8. Hymns (4): Hymn II by Alfred Schnittke
Performer: Rick Stotijn (Double Bass)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1974 ; Germany
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