Horizon 1 (Premieres 2007) Live Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra & Markus Stenz feat. Jörgen van Rijen
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- Moritz Eggert (1965-): Number Nine VI: A Bigger Splash (version 2 for orchestra)
- 1Number Nine VI: A Bigger Splash (version 2 for orchestra)15:56
- Colin Matthews (1946-): Turning Point
- 2Turning Point20:07
- Theo Verbey (1959-): LIED
- 3quarter note = 5604:11
- 4quarter note = 11204:57
- 5quarter note = 6606:38
- 6quarter note = 13203:04
- Detlev Glanert (1960-): Theatrum bestiarum
- 7Theatrum bestiarum22:22
Info for Horizon 1 (Premieres 2007) Live
The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra is famous throughout the world for its interpretations of works in the classical symphonic repertoire. As in the past (take, for instance, its legendary performances of the works of Mahler and Strauss at the beginning of the twentieth century), however, the orchestra is also open to new developments in contemporary music. Exploring new horizons and sound spaces, the orchestra continues to foster relationships with contemporary composers employing unconventional working methods.
The compositions by Theo Verbey, Moritz Eggert, Colin Matthews and Detlev Glanert presented here (the first three having been written specially for the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra) attest to the orchestra’s unrivalled sound possibilities and have inspired tour-de-force performances by the musicians. The works on this CD recording unfold in dazzling sound spectacles, expressing a joy of experimentation and exhibiting a liberal use of percussion effects.
Today, the uninhibited employment of ‘light’ genres such as jazz is no longer taboo to composers like Eggert and Glanert. Music from foreign cultures is also a major source of inspiration for contemporary ‘classical’ composers. A supporter and enthusiastic advocate of such orchestral exploits, conductor Markus Stenz has left his own unmistakable stamp on these live recordings.
“Colin Matthews's Turning Point that will attract the most attention, though, for it's a major achievement, a 20-minute single movement that seems to change direction completely around its half-way mark, transforming from a lightning fast scherzo to a glacially slow unfolding that reaches a catastrophic climax.” (Andrew Clements, The Guardian)
“Modern works superbly delivered by the RCO…” (Gramophone Magazine)
“All four pieces… share an exuberant love of the possibilities of large forces and the Amsterdamers respond with a deal of warm-spirited élan - letting their hair down with very un-North European abandon in Eggert's Hockney-derived romp which somehow manages to hold together a collage of very different styles: lush to louche, incisive to relaxed. Throughout, Stenz conducts with tremendous authority, acuity and verve.” (BBC Music Magazine)
“one of the most spirited collages of every style under the sun to have come my way.” (Sunday Times)
“Markus Stenz is a natural interpreter of these pieces, and I hope that Horizon 1 will have numerous successors.” Richard Whitehouse, Gramophone Magazine, November 2008
Jörgen van Rijen, trombone
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Markus Stenz, conductor
Recorded live at Concertgebouw
Amsterdam on 18 January 2007 (Matthews) 21 and 22 June 2007 (Eggert) 18 and 19 September 2007 (Verbeij and Glanert)
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