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Voices of Angels - chamber works

Orchestras / Ensembles
Catalogue numberBIS-2344 SACD
Release date2020-07-03
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time64:11

The Stockholm Syndrome Ensemble is – as the name implies – based in Stockholm, and consists of five of the city's leading musicians. Project-based and often inviting guest performers, the SSE is known for its imaginative programmes built around a particular event or concept and bringing together music from various genres and eras. For its first disc on BIS the ensemble has taken Brett Dean’s Voices of Angels as their point of departure, a work scored for the same forces as Schubert’s ‘Trout quintet’ and inspired by Rainer Maria Rilke’s first two Duino Elegies: ‘Angels (it’s said) are often unable to tell whether they move amongst the living or the dead.’

Dean’s work from 1996 opens a programme which ranges from Bach to Sofia Gubaidulina, and includes various scorings for between two and six performers. The angels reappear in songs by Wagner and Gubaidulina performed by Christianne Stotijn, one of the ensemble’s guests on this disc – but it is also safe to assume that they are standing around the heavenly throne which Bach approaches in the chorale prelude ‘Vor Deinen Thron tret ich hiermit’ – here transcribed for strings. The same prelude is the subject of Gubaidulina’s Meditation, while the disc closes with a work by Gubaidulina’s friend Alfred Schnittke, namely his Hymn for cello and double bass.
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Extra material for download
  Composer: Dean, Brett
  Voices of Angels, for violin, viola, cello, double bass and piano 28:13
01 I. Evocation 14:39 $ 3.52 USD
02 II. Different Realms 13:34 $ 3.26 USD
  Composer: Gubaidulina, Sofia
  Ein Engel
03 Ein Engel, for mezzo-soprano and double bass 06:39 $ 1.60 USD
  Composer: Rachmaninov, Sergei
  No. 8 of 14 Romances, Op. 34
04 Muzyka 02:33 $ 0.61 USD
  Composer: Bach, Johann Sebastian
  Chorale prelude ‘Vor Deinen Thron tret ich hiermit’, BWV 668
05 Chorale prelude BWV 668, transcribed for strings 03:49 $ 0.92 USD
  Composer: Gubaidulina, Sofia
  Meditation über den Choral ‘Vor Deinen Thron tret ich hiermit'
06 Meditation über den Choral ‘Vor Deinen Thron tret ich
hiermit’, for harpsichord and strings
12:11 $ 2.92 USD
  Composer: Wagner, Richard
  No. 1 from Wesendonck Lieder, WWV 91
07 Der Engel 02:42 $ 0.65 USD
  Composer: Rachmaninov, Sergei
  No. 7 of 12 Songs, Op. 21
08 Zdes’ khorosho 01:58 $ 0.47 USD
  Composer: Schnittke, Alfred
  from Four Hymns
09 Hymn II, for cello and double bass 06:01 $ 1.44 USD
  Album total 64:11
ViolinBroman, Malin
Power, Andrej
ViolaPower, Lawrence
William Olsson, Malin
EnsembleStockholm Syndrome Ensemble
ComposerBach, Johann Sebastian
Dean, Brett
Gubaidulina, Sofia
Rachmaninov, Sergei
Schnittke, Alfred
Wagner, Richard
Double bassStotijn, Rick
LyricistGalina, Glafira
Lasker-Schuler, Else
Polonsky, Yakov Petrovich
Mezzo-sopranoStotijn, Christianne
PianoCrawford-Phillips, Simon
CelloRostamo, Johannes

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