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Czernowin, Chaya: Pnima...ins Innere [DVD] (Mode Records)


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UPC: 764593016991

Label: Mode Records
Catalog ID: Mode 169
Squidco Product Code: 7029

Format: DVD
Condition: New
Released: 2006
Country: USA
Packaging: DVD snap case


Richard Beek, Philip Larson, Tom Sol, Elias Maurides, Ute Wassermann, Silke Storz-voices

Anthony Burr-clarinet

Rico Gubler-saxophone

Andreas Eberle-trombone

David Shively-singing saw & percussion

Mary Oliver-viola

Frank Cox-violoncello

Experimental Studio of the Heinrich Strobel Stiftung SWR-live electronics

André Richard, Michael Acker, Reinhold Braig-sound direction

Munich Chamber Orchestra with Johannes Kalitzke-conductor

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Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"PNIMA...INS INNERE is more than a opera or music theater piece about the holocaust. It is a piece that deals with the way we react to a traumatic experience. PNIMA is an attempt to create a different kind of music theater. No traditional libretto, no plot, only mental situations. No singers who are actors, it is a non-verbal non-narrative experience. On the stage are two actors who do not sing or speak, on the sides of the stage are the vocal and instrumental soloists. It is based on a novel by an Israeli author David Grossmann, See Under: Love. The book deals with the holocaust from the point of view of the second generation to the holocaust: the children of the survivors, who cannot touch this horrible experience but are forced to encounter its constant but hidden presence. The opera is a journey into the psychology of a boy encountering his grandfather who survived the holocaust, but is crazy, eccentric, and is withdrawn in the traumatic experience, unable to talk or to live anything else. The opera is composed of an opening and three scenes. It incorporates dramatic lighting and staging along with video, making it a perfect work for the DVD medium. Pnima was commissioned for the Munich Biennale 2000. The opera was selected as "The best premiere of the year", by Opernwelt, and won the "Bayerischer Theatre Prize" in 2000. It received more than 70 rave reviews from all over Europe."-Mode Recordings

Artist Biographies

"As a clarinetist, Anthony Burr has enjoyed a distinguished career as an exponent of contemporary music. He has performed in this repertoire with many leading groups, including Elision, Klangforum Wien, Ensemble Sospeso, and the Chamber Music Sociey of Lincoln Center, often as soloist. Among the many composers with whom he has worked in the presentation of their solo works are: Alvin Lucier, Helmut Lachenmann, Brian Ferneyhough, and Magnus Lindberg. He has worked widely outside the classical arena too with artists including Jim O'Rourke, Laurie Anderson, John Zorn, Mark Feldman, Chris Speed, Jim Black, Ikue Mori, Tim Barnes, Alan Licht, Mark Dresser and many others. Ongoing collaborations include a duo with Icelandic bassist/composer Skuli Sverrisson, The Clarinets (a trio with Chris Speed and Oscar Noriega), a series of recordings with cellist Charles Curtis and a series of live film/music performances with experimental filmmaker Jennifer Reeves. As a composer he has specialized in the creation of epic scale mixed media pieces, most notably Biospheria: An Environmental Opera, created with artist Steve Ausbury in response to Biosphere 2. It was performed in San Diego in 2001, and sections were mounted in archive form as part of the cinematexas festival in 2003. Another project of this ilk was The Mizler Society, a burlesque on early modern music theory, J.S Bach and the Art of Fugue, which he created with John Rodgers and was presented by the Australian Art Orchestra at the Melbourne Museum in 2002. He has produced and/or engineered records for La Monte Young, Charles Curtis, Skuli Sverrisson, Ted Reichman among others, and has a doctorate from University of California, San Diego. Upcoming releases include a new Anthony Burr/Skuli Sverrisson double CD with guest vocalists Yungchen Lamo and Arto Lindsay."

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Track Listing:


Opening: Miniatures (10:13)

Entrance of the Old Man (5:44)

Heart of the Old Man (4:42)

Entrance of the Child (7:16)


Introduction - Child (5:42)

Old Man (5:43)

Transition (2:54)

Child's Aria (9:16)


First Verse (1:08)

First Orchestral Wave (0:53)

Second Verse (0:40)

Drowning in the Orchestra (3:09)

Third Verse (0:58)

Meltdown (5:46)

SPECIAL FEATURE: 24 minute interview with the composer.

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