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Cello Libris - works by Geoffrey Gordon

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Catalogue numberBIS-2330 CD
Release date2020-04-03
Discs1
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time81:40

Dividing his time between the United States and the United Kingdom, the composer Geoffrey Gordon writes music that has been described as ‘darkly seductive’ (New York Times), ‘richly satisfying’ (BBC Music Magazine) and ‘iridescent and fierce’ (The Chicago Tribune). The present, amply-filled disc brings together three of his recent works, all composed between 2013 and 2018 for the soloist recording them here, the Danish cellist Toke Møldrup. In several of his works, Gordon takes his inspiration from other art forms – sculptures by Giacometti, a self portrait by Warhol, a children’s picture book by Maurice Sendak.

The works gathered here are inspired by or reactions to three literary masterworks. The ‘creative blueprint’ for the opening work, the Cello Concerto, is the novel Doktor Faustus by Thomas Mann. Organized into a Prologue and Seven Episodes, the work traces the progress of Mann’s protagonist Adrian Leverkühn from innocence to madness, with the cello both embodying and (occasionally) commenting on the proceedings. For this recording, Møldrup receives the support of the Copenhagen Phil and conductor Lan Shui. In the score of Fathoms, Gordon’s sonata for cello and piano, each of the five movements is headed with a quotation from Shakespeare’s The Tempest which sets the scene for the musical impression that follows. Here Møldrup is joined by the American pianist Steven Beck. The amply-filled disc closes with Ode to a Nightingale, with the words of John Keat’s immortal poem heard from the Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir, and given emphasis by Toke Møldrup’s obbligato cello.
 
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  Composer: Gordon, Geoffrey
  Concerto for cello and orchestra 24:22
01 Prologue 03:36 $ 0.86 USD
02 I. c.90 02:15 $ 0.54 USD
03 II. c.104 01:59 $ 0.48 USD
04 III. c.68. Dürer’s ‘Melancholia’ — Magic Square 03:43 $ 0.89 USD
05 Cadenza I 00:53 $ 0.21 USD
06 IV. c.78 02:56 $ 0.70 USD
07 Cadenza II 01:57 $ 0.47 USD
08 V. c.63 03:00 $ 0.72 USD
09 Epilogue 04:03 $ 0.97 USD
 
  Fathoms for cello and piano 33:14
10 Prelude and Storm 06:02 $ 1.45 USD
11 I. Ferdinand and Miranda 05:47 $ 1.39 USD
12 II. Ariel and all his quality 05:06 $ 1.22 USD
13 III. Caliban (and Sycorax) 04:00 $ 0.96 USD
14 IV. The Isle is Full of Noises 05:14 $ 1.26 USD
15 V. Prospero Drowns His Book 07:05 $ 1.70 USD
 
  Ode to a Nightingale for mixed choir and solo cello 23:52
16 My heart aches… 03:26 $ 0.82 USD
17 O for a draught of vintage!… 02:05 $ 0.50 USD
18 Fade far away, dissolve… 02:40 $ 0.64 USD
19 Away! away! for I will fly to thee… 02:46 $ 0.66 USD
20 I cannot see… 02:43 $ 0.65 USD
21 Darkling I listen… 03:29 $ 0.84 USD
22 Thou wast not born for death… 02:22 $ 0.57 USD
23 Forlorn… 04:21 $ 1.04 USD
 
  Album total 81:40
ConductorShui, Lan
OrchestraCopenhagen Phil
CelloMøldrup (Möldrup), Toke
ComposerGordon, Geoffrey
Chamber choirMogens Dahl Chamber Choir

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