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Renewal - United Strings of Europe

Composer Osvaldo Golijov
Joanna Marsh
Felix Mendelssohn (-Bartholdy)
Caroline Shaw
Performer Ruby Hughes
United Strings of Europe
Julian Azkoul, conductor
Period Contemporary
Catalogue Number BIS-2549 SACD
EAN 7318599925493
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Jan 2022
Total time 69'06

Three half-minute promotional videos for 'Renewal':

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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  Joanna Marsh
01 In Winter's House (arr. J. Azkoul) 4'30
  Caroline Shaw
02 Entr'acte 10'40
  Osvaldo Golijov
  Three Songs 21'53
03 I. Night of the Flying Horses 8'13
04 II. Lúa Descolorida 6'21
05 III. How Slow the Wind 7'19
  Felix Mendelssohn (-Bartholdy)
  String Quartet No. 6 in F minor, Op. 80 (arr. J. Azkoul) 26'14
06 I. Allegro vivace assai - Presto 7'28
07 II. Allegro assai 4'42
08 III. Adagio 8'23
09 IV. Finale 5'41
  Caroline Shaw
10 and the swallow (arr. J. Azkoul) 4'20
  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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