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Voices of Angels - chamber works

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Brett Dean
Sofia Gubaidulina
Sergey Rachmaninov
Alfred Schnittke
Richard Wagner
Performer Andrej Power
Lawrence Power
Christianne Stotijn
Rick Stotijn
Stockholm Syndrome Ensemble
Catalogue Number BIS-2344 SACD
EAN 7318599923444
Format SACD Hybrid

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

Release date Jul 2020
Total time 64'11

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 album 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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  Brett Dean
  Voices of Angels, for violin, viola, cello, double bass and piano 27'56
01 I. Evocation 14'34
02 II. Different Realms 13'22
  Sofia Gubaidulina
  Ein Engel
03 Ein Engel, for mezzo-soprano and double bass 6'35
  Sergei Rachmaninov
  No. 8 of 14 Romances, Op. 34
04 Muzyka 2'27
  Johann Sebastian Bach
  Chorale prelude ‘Vor Deinen Thron tret ich hiermit’, BWV 668
05 Chorale prelude BWV 668, transcribed for strings 3'43
  Sofia Gubaidulina
  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 12'05
  Richard Wagner
  No. 1 from Wesendonck Lieder, WWV 91
07 Der Engel 2'32
  Sergei Rachmaninov
  No. 7 of 12 Songs, Op. 21
08 Zdes’ khorosho 1'53
  Alfred Schnittke
  from Four Hymns
09 Hymn II, for cello and double bass 5'45
  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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