Neue Vocalsolisten

Neue Vocalsolisten
The Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart (NVS) is a chamber ensemble of seven singers, which has specialised in contemporary vocal music and music theater. The ensemble works under the roof of Musik Der Jahrhunderte headquartered in Theaterhaus Stuttgart . The Neue Vocalsolisten were founded in 1984 by the conductor Manfred Schreier. The ensemble was initially staffed by twelve solo voices and in the tradition of Clytus Gottwald's Schola Cantorum. Since 2000, the Neue Vocalsolisten act as a chamber music ensemble without a conductor. The seven concert and opera soloists specialize in the development of new vocal techniques and forms of articulation, they work closely with composers. arise as 20 to 30 new works for the ensemble annually. Each season the Neue Vocalsolisten complete about 35 concert tours with around 60 appearances at international festivals and concert series such as ECLAT New Music Festival Stuttgart , Donaueschingen Festival , MaerzMusik (Berlin), Festival d'Automne, Salzburg Festival , Warsaw Autumn , Lucerne Festival , Biennale of Venice, Ultima (Oslo) or the Festival of Flanders (Gent).

Nieuw Ensemble

Nieuw Ensemble
The Nieuw Ensemble was founded in 1980. The basic line consists of twelve musicians, led by principal conductor Ed Spanjaard, the Nieuw Ensemble has developed into an internationally leading contemporary music ensemble . Praised for their pioneering work in the field of programming and repertoire renewal the NE undertakes a wide variety of activities and gives concerts all over the world. In 1998 the Nieuw Ensemble and artistic director Joël Bons were awarded the Prince Bernhard Fund Music Prize. The ensemble introduced a large number of non -Western composers. Premiered programs were Japan, the Middle East and Central and South America.

Hodges, Nicolas

An active repertoire that encompasses such composers as Beethoven, Berg, Brahms, Debussy, Schubert and Stravinsky reinforces pianist Nicolas Hodges’ special prowess in contemporary music. As Tempo magazine has written: “Hodges is a refreshing artist; he plays the classics as if they were written yesterday, and what was written yesterday as if it were already a classic.” Born in London and now based in Germany, where he is a professor at the Musikhochschule Stuttgart, Hodges approaches the works of Classical, Romantic, 20th century and contemporary composers with the same questing spirit, leading the Guardian to comment that: “Hodges' recitals always boldly go where few other pianists dare ... with an energy that sometimes defies belief.”

Hempel, Jurjen

Jurjen Hempel studied conducting with David Porcelijn and Kenneth Montgomery at the Utrecht Conservatory. Already during his studies he was invited to assist Edo de Waart, Hans Vonk and David Robertson. On invitation of Seiji Ozawa, he studied at the Tanglewood Conducting Class where he worked with Bernard Haitink and Lorin Maazel. An important recognition of his already distinguished career at that time was when he was finalist and prize-winner at the first Sibelius Conductors Competition in May 1996 in Helsinki. Immediately invitations came from the various Finnish orchestras, followed by re-invitations in the past seasons.
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Nicolas Hodges piano/ reciter
Mats Scheidegger guitar
Jurjen Hempel conductor
Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart
Nieuw Ensemble

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.

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'Listening on disc reveals unsuspected beauty in the unparalleled stylistic complexity.'  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' 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


This release has been made possible by funding from Stanford University and the Holst Foundation.


Shadowtime was recorded in collaboration with BBC Radio 3 and English National Opera at the London Coliseum production in July 2005.

Edition Peters
Catalogue number:
NMC D123
Release Date:
1 April 2006