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Ives, Charles: A Songbook (Hat [now] ART)

Sebastian Gottschick's adaptations of Ives' songs and short instrumental pieces pay homage to the composer and develop his work further, as conducted by Gottschick with the ensemble fur neue musik zurich.
 

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Jeannine Hirzel-mezzosoprano

Omar Ebrahim-baritone

Hans-Peter Frehner-flute

Manfred Spitaler-clarinet

Lorenz Raths-horn

Lorenz Haas-percussion

Viktor Muller-piano

Urs Bumbacher-violin

Nicola Romano-cello

Anna Trauffer-doublebass

Sebastian Gottschick-conductor

Charles Edward Ives-composer


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UPC: 752156018322

Label: Hat [now] ART
Catalog ID: Hat[now]ART183
Squidco Product Code: 17165

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2012
Country: Switzerland
Packaging: Cardstock gatefold foldover
Recorded on Juje 8th-10th, 2010 at hr-Sendesaal Frankfurt am Main by Christoph Classen.

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"Sebastian Gottschick's adaptations of Ives' songs and short instrumental pieces in this sense not only pay homage to the composer but develop his work further. The multifaceted ensemble and the instrumentation Gottschick chose allow him to be highly differentiated in his approach to the specific Ives sound that oscillates between crude realism and symbolist fragmentation: he either deliberately avoids this sound (for instance by using a vibraphone in Grantchester) or he pushes it to the point of prismatic refraction. Apart from this, Gottschick's selection proceeds in a continuous, multi-perspective order that can be interpreted as a drama en miniature, a model of an ordinary day from the snatches of dreams in the morning to the falling night, and finally also as the epitome of the diversity of life itself. Behind all that the power and intangible nature of memories, Ives' lifelong theme, becomes visible and audible."-Wolfgang Rathert



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Artist Biographies

"Nicola Romano, born in Lucerne, Switzerland, in 1974. From an early age, Nicola has developed a close association with chamber music, which has since become the centre of his musical orbits. For many years, he has performed concerts with Lucerne-based Dreilindenquartett as well as with the ONYX Quartet and the Basel String Quartet.Since 2004, Nicola has been a member of the "ensemble für neue musik zürich", which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. With "klangcombi", a quintet dedicated to innovative Swiss folk music, he has found the perfect musical paddling pool, in which he enjoys maximum stylistic freedom and openness. Together with LAUS and the Trabant Echo Orchestra, Nicola has been exploring and experimenting with musical arrangements which straddle the interface between serious and light music. Besides this, he has been busy giving concerts as part of various projects by the Swiss jazz and free improv scene. Nicola also teaches at the Uri School of Music (Musikschule Uri) and at Küsnacht High School (Kantonsschule Küsnacht)."

-Beat Keller Website (http://beatkeller.com/pages/releases/beat-keller-.-tom-johnson-.-joseph-kudirka-ndash-string-trios-11.php)
2/21/2024

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"Sebastian Gottschick was born in 1959 in Düsseldorf. He studied conducting, composition and violin in Cologne, Berlin, Hamburg and in the Juilliard School in New York. Currently he performs as a conductor, violist and violinist, composes music and teaches.

In 1989, he became a member of the Oriol Berlin ensemble, and in 1993, he became its artistic director. In this role, he collaborated with Christian Tetzlaff, Andreas Stayer, Anner Bilsma, Christina Schäfer, Markus Stockhausen, Petra Mullejans and Bernhard Fork among others.

In 1994, he founded the Manon Quartett Berlin. From 1994-2003 he was the music director of the Neuen Opernbühne Berlin. He performed as a conductor at the Berliner Kammeroper, the Hans-Otto-Theater Potsdam, the Theater Basel, the Teatro La Fenice in Venice and the Teatro Sao Carlos in Lisbon. Since 2005, he has been the music director of the Wien/Berlin ensemble, which explores new forms of musical theater. He gave concerts with the ensembles Klangforum Wien, MusikFabrik, the Kammerakademie Potsdam, the Düsseldorf Symphony Orchestra as well as the Frankfurt, Warsaw, Berlin, Stuttgart und Munich radio orchestras.

He actively collaborates with the Ensemble für Neue Nusik Zürich, for which he wrote Partita (2008), compositions Whisper of Heavenly Death (2009) and Memento Mori (with Christoph Coburger, 2011).

Sebastian Gottschick teaches at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln."

-The Mariinsky Theatre (https://www.mariinsky.ru/en/company/conductors/gottschick_sebastian)
2/21/2024

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"Charles Edward Ives (October 20, 1874 - May 19, 1954) was an American modernist composer, one of the first American composers of international renown. His music was largely ignored during his early life, and many of his works went unperformed for many years. Later in life, the quality of his music was publicly recognized, and he came to be regarded as an "American original". He was also among the first composers to engage in a systematic program of experimental music, with musical techniques including polytonality, polyrhythm, tone clusters, aleatory elements, and quarter tones. His experimentation foreshadowed many musical innovations that were later more widely adopted during the 20th century. Hence, he is often regarded as the leading American composer of art music of the 20th century.

Sources of Ives' tonal imagery included hymn tunes and traditional songs; he also incorporated melodies of the town band at holiday parade, the fiddlers at Saturday night dances, patriotic songs, sentimental parlor ballads, and the melodies of Stephen Foster."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Ives)
2/21/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Memories 2:31

2. The Circus Band 2:27

3. The Things Our Fathers Loved 1:38

4. Old Home Day 3:50

5. Tom Sails Away 2:24

6. Down East 2:53

7. Intermezzo: Scherzo: All the Way Around And Back 1:13

8. The See'r 1:02

9. Grantchester 4:12

10. The Housatonic At Stockbridge 3:32

11. Intermezzo: No. 96 3:42

12. The New River 1:02

13. Walking 2:31

14. Watchman! 1:56

15. At the River 2:31

16. General W. Booth Enters Into Heaven 5:18

17. Serenity 2:43

18. Intermezzo: Gyp The Blood 1:27

19. Weil' auf mir 1:38

20. Like A Sick Eagle 1:44

21. A Farewell To Land 1:17

22. Intermezzo: In the Night 2:41

23. The Incantation 1:40

24. Evening 1:25

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