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Houben, Eva-Maria : Voice With Harp (Edition Wandelweiser Records)

Five works for harp and voice from composer Eva-Maria Houben and soprano Tatiana Kuzina, opening with a lovely "Aeolian Harp", and including two works from her "Voice and Piano" album recorded for harp--"Adagio" in 3 movements, and "Songs for the Island" in 5 movements--alongside "Hatid" and "Two Songs with Piano" in two movements.

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UPC: 4011778040965

Label: Edition Wandelweiser Records
Catalog ID: EWR 1720
Squidco Product Code: 25296

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2017
Country: Germany
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold 3 Panels
Recorded at Resonance Harps, in St. Petersburg, Russia, on August 7th and 23rd, 2017, by Ilia Beloruka.


Eva-Maria Houben-composer

Tatiana Kuzina-soprano

Christine Kazarian-harp

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Artist Biographies:

"Eva-Maria Houben (born 1955) studied Music Education at Folkwang-Musikhochschule Essen and the organ with Gisbert Schneider. Following her exams she taught both German and Music Education at Secondary School. She received her doctorate and postdoctoral lecturing qualification in musicology and was called for lectures at Gerhard-Mercator-Universität Duisburg and Robert-Schumann-Hochschule Düsseldorf. Since 1993 Professor Houben has been lecturing at Dortmund University`s "Institut für Musik und Musikwissenschaft", with both music theory and contemporary music as her focus. Up to now many books were published, concerning contemporary music, contemporary composers and traditional music, listened to with 'new ears'.

Eva-Maria Houben has been performing works for the organ for more than 30 years. As she is related to the "wandelweiser-group" of composers, her compositions are published by "edition wandelweiser", Haan. Her list of compositions up to now includes works for the organ, piano, clarinet, trombone, violoncello and other solo instruments, works for voice and piano, for wind and chamber ensembles, for orchestra and for voice and orchestra, works for choir ( She publishes on subjects of contemporary music (Steiner, PFAU, Edition Howeg, bis-label Oldenburg)."

-Eva-Maria Houben Website (

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"Tatiana Kuzina "Pianist" ideal for ceremonies and classical concerts. She studied principal piano in the class of Professor Aza Roshina and as accompanist pianist with Professor Inna Snegireva, finishing her studies with full marks and honors at the "PITchaikowsky" Conservatory of Kiev. She completed his individual PhD studies obtaining the qualification as teacher in the qualifications of master collaborator at the same Conservatory.

She has performed concert activities in Italy (Florence, Bologna, Carrara, Rome, etc.) and abroad, performing together with the concert activity, she has worked with internationally renowned artists, now in career in the biggest theaters in the world. In Italy, she held a singing Master Class together with bass GIORGIO GIUSEPPINI .; performs concert activities as a pianist accompanying singers. She has been piano accompanist singer at the "P.Tchaikowsky" Conservatory of Kiev, collaborating for 4 years with the tenor MISHA DIDYK; she has collaborated with the State Orchestra of Ukraine, with the Kiev Opera House, and with the Kiev Symphony Orchestra. She perfected in Italy as a pianist collaborator singers, with M ° RAFFAELLE CORTESI in Parma where she became his assistant in 2007/08 at the Conservatory "A.Boito" in Parma .. 2002: Gala concert at the Russian Embassy, ​​and in the same year a concert in the Vatican in front of the presence of his Holiness Pope Paul John II. She has played for many state television networks. 2003: she played a "Cavalleria Rusticana" (5 performances) in Lisbon (Portugal), and a series of concerts in Charleroi (Belgium). She has collaborated with the mezzo-soprano Laura Bulian, and has worked as a collaborating pianist, some international competitions in Italy (Vercelli, Genoa, etc ..) with the mezzo-soprano Alla Gorobchenko. She worked with the following artists: the tenors ALDO BERTOLO, ENRICO NENCI, NICOLA ROSSI LEMANNI, the baritone MASSIMILIANO FICHERA, the soprano GIANNA QUENI. 2004: she was a collaborating pianist at the Torre del Lago Puccini Festival (Boheme) and in the same year she performed concerts in Kiev (Ukraine) with sopranos TATIANA HARAUZOVA, KATERINA STRASHENKO and tenor JURY LUKIANENKO. 2005: she organized cultural exchanges between Italian artists in Ukraine and vice versa, as part of the Lirica, Strumentale e Danza and in the same year she recorded a Cd with the mezzo-soprano ALLA GOROBCHENKO. 2006: she was a collaborating pianist at the Concert Lyric Society of Santa Margherita Ligure (GE) directed by M ° GIANFRANCO PASTINE, representing the opera "Madama Butterfly"; she participated in the 4th Edition of the Lyrical Festival of Carrara together with the mezzo-soprano Alla Gorobchenko, performing a program on S. Rachmaninov and D.Sostakovich; held a concert in Zoagli with the soprano KATERINA STRASHENKO.

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Harpist Christine Kazarian has performed the works of Michael Piasaro, and Eva-Maria Houben, and has collaborated with T. Bogomolova, S. Safiullin, and Nick Roubanov.-Squidco 1/25/2023

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track listing:

1. Aeolian Harp 14:45

2. Adagio I 3:01

3. Adagio II 3:27

4. Adagio III 3:41

5. Hatid 8:33

6. Two Songs With Piano I 5:50

7. Two Songs With Piano II 3:29

8. Songs For The Island I 3:16

9. Songs For The Island II 2:55

10. Songs For The Island III 3:01

11. Songs For The Island IV 3:59

12. Songs For The Island V 2:21
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"As much as I love it, I generally find it very difficult to write about Eva-Maria Houben's music. There's an apparent simplicity about it that's air-like; how to describe air currents?

It's also not easy to keep up with her output. Discogs lists 46 releases and I imagine they're missing a few; I have 28 of these and still have a distinct feeling I'm getting a somewhat blurry reading on the real breadth of her work. I'll try to briefly limn the parameters of four recent recordings, knowing most of it will evade any even semi-reasonable description.

[...]'adagio' and 'songs for the island' are included on Voice and Harp as well, performed by Tatiana Kuzina (soprano) and Christine Kazarian (harp). It begins, however, with a piece titled 'aeolian harp', though the instrument in question is clearly being activated by something with far great plucking power than wind. Whatever the case, it's a lovely piece, almost in a "traditional harp" mode, with wafting arpeggios set off against occasional deep thrums, every so often tempered by "sourer" notes that add wonderful depth and a tinge of doubt. The three "adagio" songs follow. Perhaps it's partially the harp as opposed to the piano, but the tone is distinctly different--less dark, less earthy, more ethereal (I think Kuzina might be singing into the harp; I assume that's indicated in the score). "hatid", with text by Houben, is an extraordinary 8 1/2 minute work, once again staying in the same, softly somber territory as elsewhere here and on the album with Kurka, the voice alternating with harp, Kuzina's long, somewhat sad tones contrasting superbly with the delicate plucking. As on the second reading of 'observing objects' the piano a bit more vibrant than on the other works here, but Kuzina's slightly airier voice imparts the two songs with both a mistier and, perhaps, more melancholy feeling--equally as striking as the Houben/Kurka versions. As are the 'Songs for the Island' pieces--it's fascinating to hear the two readings. If I slightly prefer the piano it's likely just an inborn instrumental prejudice on my part. The music itself, more importantly, is so thoughtfully conceived, so clear, that I imagine it could be rendered on any number of instruments (and I'd love to hear it)."-Brian Olewnick, Just Outside

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