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ARTISTS

Neue Vocalsolisten,
Nieuw Ensemble,
Nicolas Hodges, Piano
Jurjen Hempel, Conductor

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Tracks

Disc 1
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20'
39"
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17'
23"
3
2'
12"
4
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25"
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2'
45"
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32"
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1'
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12
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20"
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2'
21"
14
1'
25"
15
1'
31"
Disc 2
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2'
27"
2
11'
26"
3
2'
53"
4
2'
14"
5
1'
40"
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2'
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56"
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22"
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2'
42"
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01"
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5'
06"
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13'
43"
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COMPOSER:

DESCRIPTION

Brian Ferneyhough's vision of a philosopher in the Underworld

Described as a "thought opera", Brian Ferneyhough's Shadowtime sets Charles Bernstein's inventive and complex libretto based on the work, life and imagined death of philosopher and cultural critic Walter Benjamin: it includes a movement for a speaking pianist - Opus contra naturam, the opera's fourth scene - a guitar concerto (Scene II) and ends in an ethereal haze of voices and electronics, Stelae for Failed Time. The performers, all internationally known for their commitment to contemporary music, are:

Nicolas Hodges piano/ reciter
Mats Scheidegger guitar
Jurjen Hempel conductor
Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart
Nieuw Ensemble

More about Shadowtime

Shadowtime was recorded in collaboration with BBC Radio 3 and English National Opera at the London Coliseum production in July 2005; this release has been made possible by funding from Stanford University and the Holst Foundation.
 

REVIEWS

"Listening on disc reveals unsuspected beauty in the unparalleled stylistic complexity." - Paul Driver, The Sunday Times

"This performance is certainly a success — as is NMC’s presentation" Gramophone

"This inventive score, vividly performed under Jurjen Hempel, amply rewards exploration" The Observer

"This is the best possible recording of Shadowtime" that one could wish for and with a clarity of detail within all aspects of the performance that aids understanding more of the libretto than anticipated: not just the fantastic rhythmic narration of that extraordinary pianist Nicolas Hodges, but the complex vocal settings."
Classical Source 2006

RECORDING CREDITS

Catalogue number:
NMC D123
Release Date:
1 April 2006