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Renewal - United Strings of Europe

Orchestras / Ensembles
Catalogue numberBIS-2549 SACD
Release date2022-01-07
Orig. sample rate192000Hz
Total time69:06

Having released their debut album In motion in 2020, the musicians that make up United Strings of Europe (USE) return with another innovative programme: Renewal. The title refers in part to the fact that the majority of the works included are heard in arrangements and adaptations tailormade for the ensemble by Julian Azkoul, who also directs it from the violin. In Winter’s House by Joanna Marsh and Caroline Shaw’s and the swallow are both originally choral works while a second work by Shaw, Entr’acte, was conceived for string quartet, but is here heard in the composer’s own version for string orchestra.
A similar treatment has been given Mendelssohn’s F minor String Quartet, one of the composer’s final works, written in reaction to the unexpected death of his beloved sister Fanny. For the centrepiece of the disc, Osvaldo Golijov’s Three Songs, USE is joined by soprano Ruby Hughes. The three songs were written for different occasions, but were rearranged by the composer to form a single work, capturing various strands of his immigrant identity as well as specific moments of inspiration, both felicitous and tragic. This is the first time all three songs appear with string orchestra on disc.
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Extra material for download
  Composer: Marsh, Joanna
01 In Winter's House (arr. J. Azkoul) 04:30 $ 1.10 USD
  Composer: Shaw, Caroline
02 Entr'acte 10:40 $ 2.59 USD
  Composer: Golijov, Osvaldo
  Three Songs 21:53
03 I. Night of the Flying Horses 08:13 $ 1.99 USD
04 II. Lúa Descolorida 06:21 $ 1.55 USD
05 III. How Slow the Wind 07:19 $ 1.78 USD
  Composer: Mendelssohn (-Bartholdy), Felix
  String Quartet No. 6 in F minor, Op. 80 (arr. J. Azkoul) 26:14
06 I. Allegro vivace assai - Presto 07:28 $ 1.81 USD
07 II. Allegro assai 04:42 $ 1.15 USD
08 III. Adagio 08:23 $ 2.04 USD
09 IV. Finale 05:41 $ 1.39 USD
  Composer: Shaw, Caroline
10 and the swallow (arr. J. Azkoul) 04:20 $ 1.17 USD
  Album total 69:06
ComposerGolijov, Osvaldo
Marsh, Joanna
Mendelssohn (-Bartholdy), Felix
Shaw, Caroline
ArrangerAzkoul, Julian
String ensembleUnited Strings of Europe
ConductorAzkoul, Julian
SopranoHughes, Ruby

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