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Harrison Birtwistle: Chamber Music

Lisa Batiashvili, Adrian Brendel, Till Fellner, Amy Freston, Roderick Williams

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Three Settings of Lorine Niedecker (for Soprano and Violoncello)  
1.1
I. Always North Of Him
Harrison Birtwistle; Adrian Brendel; Amy Freston
1:19
1.2
II. I Was The Solitary Plover
Harrison Birtwistle; Adrian Brendel; Amy Freston
1:42
1.3
III. As I Shook Dust From My Father's Door
Harrison Birtwistle; Adrian Brendel; Amy Freston
1:25
1.4
Trio For Violin, Violoncello And Piano
Harrison Birtwistle; Lisa Batiashvili; Adrian Brendel; Till Fellner
16:01
Bogenstrich (Meditations on a Poem of Rilke)  
1.5
Liebes-Lied 1
Harrison Birtwistle; Till Fellner; Roderick Williams
6:04
1.6
Lied ohne Worte
Harrison Birtwistle; Till Fellner; Adrian Brendel
6:16
1.7
Variationen
Harrison Birtwistle; Till Fellner; Adrian Brendel
6:22
1.8
Wie eine Fuge
Harrison Birtwistle; Till Fellner; Adrian Brendel
6:20
1.9
Liebes-Lied 2
Harrison Birtwistle; Adrian Brendel; Roderick Williams
6:34
Nine Settings Of Lorine Niedecker (for Soprano and Violoncello)  
1.10
I. There's A Better Shine
Harrison Birtwistle; Adrian Brendel; Amy Freston
1:01
1.11
II. My Friend Tree
Harrison Birtwistle; Adrian Brendel; Amy Freston
0:48
1.12
III. Along The River
Harrison Birtwistle; Adrian Brendel; Amy Freston
1:34
1.13
IV. Hear Where Her Snowgrave Is
Harrison Birtwistle; Adrian Brendel; Amy Freston
1:02
1.14
V. How The White Gulls
Harrison Birtwistle; Adrian Brendel; Amy Freston
2:03
1.15
VI. My Life
Harrison Birtwistle; Adrian Brendel; Amy Freston
2:14
1.16
VII. Paul
Harrison Birtwistle; Adrian Brendel; Amy Freston
1:43
1.17
VIII. O Late Fall
Harrison Birtwistle; Adrian Brendel; Amy Freston
1:10
1.18
IX. Sleep's Dream
Harrison Birtwistle; Adrian Brendel; Amy Freston
1:56
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    65:34
"Four Stars ... terse to the point of aphorism, (the 12 settings) are perhaps the most Webern-like of all Birtwistle's works, capable of opening up huge, expressive vistas from just a handful of notes; Amy Freston and Adrian Brendel catch that spareness perfectly." - The Guardian "Four Stars ... Brendel's shining hour is his sublime accompaniment to soprano Amy Freston ... superb camaraderie ... with this series of intimate, often dramatic, frequently pensive and always captivating musical creations, Birtwistle demonstrates why he is one of the most compelling and innovative living composers. The disc, with its impeccable sound, is both emotionally and intellectually gratifying." - All About Jazz This album of Sir Harrison Birtwistle’s chamber music and songs, mostly of recent vintage, was issued in 2014 to celebrate the great British composer's 80th birthday and features an exceptional cast. Heard together and separately is the trio of Austrian pianist Till Fellner, Georgian violinist Lisa Batiashvili and English cellist Adrian Brendel, joined by soprano Amy Freston and baritone Roderick Williams. These concentrated songs demand the utmost of their performers in precision, expression and timing. As in Webern’s settings, the few words and notes on the page can seem to imply whole worlds of thought and feeling.
44.1 kHz / 24-bit PCM – ECM New Series Studio Masters

Recorded August 2011 Herkulessaal der Münchner Residenz Tonmeister: Markus Heiland Liner photos: Nadia F. Romanini, Hanya Chlala (p. 4) Cover design: Sascha Kleis Produced by Manfred Eicher

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