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Visions fugitives - music for strings

Composer Béla Bartók
Paul Hindemith
Sergey Prokofiev
Anton Webern
Performer Camerata Nordica
Terje Tönnesen (Tønnesen), conductor
Catalogue Number BIS-2126 SACD
EAN 7318599921266
Format SACD Hybrid

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

Release date Aug 2014
Total time 68'35

“A superb disc, defined throughout by brilliantly vivid and dramatic string sounds…” Gramophone; “This is an attractive programme, superbly performed and recorded with an ideal balance between detail and atmosphere…”; "Disons-le sans détour, ce SACD est un petit bijou musical, défendu par un ensemble de musiciens inspirés."

The Swedish string ensemble Camerata Nordica and its artistic director Terje Tønnesen made their first joint appearance on BIS in 2013 with an all-Britten programme. Released in conjunction with the ensemble’s début at the BBC Proms, the disc received critical acclaim, with the reviewer on the website including it ‘among the Britten year’s outstanding releases’ and his colleague in BBC Music Magazine agreeing: ‘The Britten centenary can't have produced finer recorded performances than these, with wonderful dynamic shading, bomproof tuning, and real drama.’ The team now returns with another programme of 20th-century music for strings – this time by four different composers, and spanning from the years before World War I to a few days before the outbreak of World War II. Bartók, Webern, Prokofiev and Hindemith were all central figures of their time, illustrating – and to an extent personifying – different approaches to modernism in music, and this varied programme touches in turn on neo-classical and neo-baroque idioms, folk music, atonality and impressionism. But first and foremost the disc offers an exciting and colourful mix of great music, in performances by an ensemble compared in Fanfare to ‘a first-class string quartet. These musicians are completely attuned to each other's dynamics, attack, phrasing, and blend.’
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  Sergei Prokofiev
  Visions fugitives, Op.22 (1915-1917) 16'27
01 Lentamente (No.1) 1'12
02 Andante (No.2) 1'39
03 Animato (No.4) 1'00
04 Allegretto (No.3) 0'56
05 Molto giocoso (No.5) 0'24
06 Commodo (No.8) 1'22
07 Con eleganza (No.6) 0'28
08 Allegretto tranquillo (No.9) 1'07
09 Con vivacità (No.11) - [attacca] 1'10
10 Ridicolosamente (No.10) 1'00
11 Assai moderato (No.12) 1'01
12 Feroce (No.14) 1'01
13 Allegretto (No.13) - [attacca] 0'55
14 Inquieto (No.15) 0'52
15 Dolente (No.16) 2'20
  Paul Hindemith
  Fünf Stücke für Streichorchester Op.44 No.4 12'19
16 I. Langsam 2'29
17 II. Langsam – Schnell 1'41
18 III. Lebhaft 1'26
19 IV. Sehr langsam 3'48
20 V. Lebhaft 2'55
  Anton Webern
  Fünf Sätze, Op.5 12'05
21 I. Heftig bewegt 2'45
22 II. Sehr langsam 2'58
23 III. Sehr lebhaft 0'41
24 IV. Sehr langsam 1'41
25 V. In zarter Bewegung 4'00
  Béla Bartók
  Divertimento for string orchestra, BB118 (1939) 25'42
26 I. Allegro non troppo 8'40
27 II. Molto adagio 10'13
28 III. Allegro assai 6'49
  Album total 68'35
ComposerBartók, Béla
Hindemith, Paul
Prokofiev, Sergei
Webern, Anton
EnsembleCamerata Nordica
LeaderTonnesen (Tønnesen), Terje

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