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Victoria Borisova-Ollas - Angelus

Composer Victoria Borisova-Ollas
Performer Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Andrey Boreyko, conductor
Martyn Brabbins, conductor
Sakari Oramo, conductor
Period Contemporary
Catalogue Number BIS-2288 SACD
EAN 7318599922881
Format SACD Hybrid

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

Release date Aug 2020
Total time 82'08

Orchestral works
Born in Russia, Victoria Borisova-Ollas has lived in Sweden since 1993. In the international music press, she has been described as ‘a composer with a sparkling individual voice’ and an ‘orchestrator of the greatest virtuosity’. This is borne out by this well-filled disc which features five works from 2003 to 2013, in performances by the Royal Stockholm&&& Philharmonic Orchestra (RSPO) with which Borisova-Ollas enjoys a collaboration of long standing.

Angelus, which opens the disc, is also the longest work with a duration of some 22 minutes. It was composed for the 850th anniversary of the city of Munich and takes the listener on a walk through the city and its many clock towers. Angelus is conducted by Andrey Boreyko, who has championed the music of Borisova-Ollas for many years and who here also conducts Creation of the Hymn, a reworking by the composer of a piece for string quartet. Martyn Brabbins has also been entrusted with two works, including Before the Mountains Were Born. Composed in 2005 for the RSO Stuttgart, it includes a virtuosic ‘cadenza’ for the four of the principal woodwind players (flute, oboe, clarinet and bassoon). In the final work on the disc, Open Ground, it is Sakari Oramo, chief conductor of the RSPO, who brings out the towering chords and ethereal shimmerings of Borisova-Ollas’ score.
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  Victoria Borisova-Ollas
01 Angelus (2008) 22'07
  The Kingdom of Silence
02 The Kingdom of Silence (2003) 14'25
  Before the Mountains Were Born
03 Before the Mountains Were Born (2005) 17'58
  Creation of the Hymn, for string orchestra (2013) 15'10
04 Solenne, risoluto e con tutta forza 2'41
05 Allegretto; giocoso 1'32
06 Tranquillo 2'11
07 Allegro, energico 3'08
08 Largo, espressivo 1'57
09 Calmo 3'41
  Open Ground
10 Open Ground (2006) 10'53
  Album total 82'08
ComposerBorisova-Ollas, Victoria
ConductorBoreyko, Andrey
Brabbins, Martyn
Oramo, Sakari
OrchestraRoyal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra

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