Voices of Angels - chamber works

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Voices of Angels - chamber works
Andrej Power (violin) Lawrence Power (viola) Christianne Stotijn (mezzo-soprano) / Stockholm Syndrome Ensemble

[ BIS SACD / Hybrid SACD ]

Release Date: Friday 3 July 2020

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The Stockholm Syndrome Ensembleis -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 disc on BIS the ensemble has taken Brett Dean's Voices of Angelsas 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 DuinoElegies: '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 Gubaidulinaperformed by ChristianneStotijn, 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 'VorDeinenThrontretichhiermit' -here transcribed for strings. The same prelude is the subject of Gubaidulina'sMeditation, while the disc closes with a work by Gubaidulina'sfriend Alfred Schnittke, namely his Hymnfor cello and double


Brett Dean: Voices of Angels for violin, viola, cello, double bass & piano
Sofia Gubaidulina: Ein Engel for mezzo-soprano & double bass
Sergei Rachmaninov: Muzyka from 14 Romances, Op.34
Johann Sebastian Bach: Chorale prelude 'Vor Deinen Thron tret ich hiermit', BWV 668, transcribed for violin, viola, cello and double bass
Sofia Gubaidulina: Meditation über 'Vor Deinen Thron tret ich hiermit' for harpsichord, two violins, viola, cello and double bass
Richard Wagner: Der Engel from Wesendonck Lieder
Sergei Rachmaninov: Zdes' khorosho from 12 Songs, Op.21
Alfred Schnittke: Hymn II for cello and double bass