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A rare release from a pioneer of contemporary cross-platform composition, with Chris Cutler, The Icarus Ensemble, Sira and Boubacar Djebate, Johannes Bauer, Tiziano Popoli, &c. &c.

Goebbels, Heiner
The Italian Concerto

Goebbels, Heiner: The Italian Concerto (I Dischi di Angelica)
Label: I Dischi di Angelica    
Released in: Italy    

With Chris Cutler, The Icarus Ensemble, Sira and Boubacar Djebate, Johannes Bauer, Tiziano Popoli, Jocelyn B. Smith and the Orchestra of the Teatro Popoli, Bologna, conducted by Yoichi Sugiyama, this is a rare release from one of the pioneers of contemporary cross-platform composition. Working with montage, superposition and elements of different musical languages, Heiner sidesteps genre to concentrate on the material. This CD comprises four high quality (world premiere) recordings that feature a disparate set of compositions performed at a three-city festival organised by Angelica in 2007. The Italian concerto/Tutti Writing marks a now vanishingly rare live appearance from Heiner in an extended duet with Chris Cutler, concluding with TuttiWriting, in which they are joined by the Icarus Ensemble. This is followed by Ou bien Sunyatta for Kora, Voice and Orchestra, Die Faust im Wappen, derived from a story by Franz Kafka, for trombone (Johannes Bauer) and orchestra and So that the blood dropped to the earth, for orchestra and voice adapted from Surrogate Cities. These are remarkable and substantial pieces.

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Product Information:

UPC: 752725026925

Label: I Dischi di Angelica
Catalog ID: IDA024
Squidco Product Code: 11868

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2009
Country: Italy
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded live by Massimo Carli and Roberto Monari during Concerti Contemporanei (second year) October 8-10 at Teatro Comunale di Modena (track 3, October 8), Teatro Manzoni (Bologna; track 2-4, October 9), Teatro Cavallerizza (Reggio Emilia, track 1, October 10), Italy.


Heiner Goebbels-piano, percussion

Chris Cutler-drums, electrified drums

Sira Djebate-voice

Boubacar Djebate-kora

Johannes Bauer-trombone

Jocelyn B. Smith-mezzasoprano

Frack Ollu-conductor

Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bolgna

Tiziano Popoli-sampler, keyboard

Yoichi Sugiyama-conductor

Ensemble Icarus

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Track Listing:

1. The Italian Concerto - Writing II 19:32

2. Ou Bien Sunyatta 16:40

3. Die Faust In Wappen 12:07

4. So That Blood Dropped To The Earth 6:39

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