• BIS2194 Katalognummer
  • 7318599921945 EAN
  • 1SACD Format
  • 2016 Utgivelsesår

Swedish Chamber Orchestra | Dean, Brett (conductor)

Dean, Brett

Skold, Magnus (piano)

Dean, Brett | Beethoven, Ludwig van

Swedish Chamber Orchestra



Dean, Brett

Etüdenfest for strings and obbligato piano

Shadow Music (2002):
I. Prelude
II. Forgotten Garden
III. Voices and Shadows

Short stories, Five interludes for string orchestra:
I. Devotional
II. Premonitions
III. Embers
IV. Komarov’s Last Words
V. Arietta

Beethoven, Ludwig van: String Quartet in F major, Op.59 No. 1, Adagio molto e mesto
Brett Dean: Testament

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Brett Dean and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra have enjoyed a close and fruitful collaboration for many years, with Dean appearing in the orchestra’s concerts as composer as well as conductor. Now one of today’s most performed composers of his generation, Dean often draws on literary, political or visual stimuli in his works. Examples of this are his award-winning violin concerto The Lost Art of Letter Writing (recorded on BIS-2016), inspired by four historic letters, as well as his appeal against environmental degradation, the Pastoral Symphony, which Dean conducts on a previous disc with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra (BIS-1576). On the present release, Shadow Music is, according to the composer himself, ‘in no way consciously descriptive’, but in its three movements can be heard realizations in sound of various concepts and definitions of the word shadow, such as ‘dark shape or partial darkness’, ‘ the shadow of his former self’ and ‘indistinct, suspect’. The work Short Stories is inspired not by specific texts, but of the literary genre which in a highly condensed form depicts the variety of life. The five brief pieces – the fourth and longest, Komarov’s last words, has a duration of little over three minutes – have titles which allow the listener to give his own imagination free rein. Testament has a more specific inspiration – Beethoven’s famous ’Heiligenstadt Testament’ in which the composer bemoans his encroaching deafness. Though an imaginative use of the orchestra, including unorthodox playing techniques, Dean simulates the sound of Beethoven’s quill moving over the paper, but lets us also experience his aural hallucinations. The work is here preceded by Dean’s arrangement of the Adagio from Beethoven’s first Razumovsky quartet, composed some four years after the Heiligenstadt crisis. But the disc opens with Etüdenfest, a virtuosic, ironical play with mismatched snippets from standard string methods by such figures as Ševčík and Schradieck. In the work, Dean turns the monotonous and lonely grind of a practising musician into a vibrant shared experience – the étude turns festive.


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