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July 11 , 2007

Coming soon on New Series

Autumn 2007 is set to be another very strong season for ECM New Series. Albums scheduled include the following:

Friedrich Cerha/Franz Schreker

Heinrich Schiff: violoncello
Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra
Peter Eötvös: conductor

ECM New Series 1887

Cellist Heinrich Schiff delivers a transcendent performance of a cello concerto dedicated to him “in friendship” by Austria’s great composer Friedrich Cerha (born 1926). Cerha’s special combination of stylistic conviction and expressive diversity, much in evidence here, has been attributed to his intense involvement with the Second Vienna School (he is still best known for completing Act 3 of Berg’s ‘Lulu’) . Under Peter Eötvös’s direction the Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra explores the variegated textures of Cerha’s concerto and also the rich colours of the Chamber Symphony in One Movement by Franz Schreker (1878-1934).

Release: August 2007

Dmitri Shostakovich/Gustav Mahler
Gidon Kremer, Kremerata Baltica

Julia Korpacheva: soprano
Fedor Kuznetsov: bass

ECM New Series 2024

In its 10th year, chamber orchestra Kremerata Baltica (founded 1997) plays the adagio of Gustav Mahler’s unfinished 10th Symphony, as well as the 14th Symphony of Dmitri Shostakovich - also a ‘late work’- , with its settings of poetry by García Lorca, Apollinaire and Rilke. Both pieces were written in times of personal crises. Under the musical direction of Gidon Kremer, the orchestra brings forth both the pain and the beauty of these exceptional compositions. In the Mahler, Lithuanian viola player Ula Ulijona shines especially brightly.

Release: August 2007

Paul Giger/Marie-Louis Dähler
Towards Silence

Paul Giger: violin, violino d’amore
Marie-Louise Dähler: harpsichord

ECM New Series 2014

Together and separately these Swiss musicians, violinist Paul Giger and harpsichordist Marie-Louise Dähler present a symbiosis of old and new music that spans Bach, pulsating improvisation and strikingly original compositions. In all, a journey through musical and personal history which also, in “Bombay II”, reflects upon Giger’s years traveling in Asia. A sixth remarkable ECM album from Giger, a distinguished label debut for Dähler, and an important New Series release.

Release: August 2007

Valentin Silvestrov
Bagatellen und Serenaden

Bagatellen I – XIII

Valentin Silvestrov: piano

Elegie for string orchestra
Stille Musik for string orchestra
Abschiedsserenade for string orchestra
Der Bote for strings and piano
Zwei Dialoge mit Nachwort for string orchestra and piano

Münchener Kammerorchester
Alexei Lubimov: piano
Christoph Poppen: conductor

ECM New Series 1988

Documentation of orchestral music by Valentin Silvestrov in Munich gained an unexpected extra dimension with the spontaneous decision to record the Ukrainian composer playing the piano before and after the ‘official’ session. The results, captured in the early morning and late afternoon, are fascinating, offering an intimate glimpse into Silvestrov’s reflective musical language. The first half of this disc features Silvestrov alone. In the second half, Christoph Poppen directs the Munich Chamber Orchestra and Alexei Lubimov again reveals his deep affinity for Silvestrov’s oeuvre. In all, a true ‘composer portrait’, in time for Valentin Silvestrov’s 70th birthday on September 30.

Release: September 2007

Kim Kashkashian
Robert Levin
Asturiana: Folk Songs from Spain and Argentina

Kim Kashkashian: viola
Robert Levin: piano

ECM New Series 1975

Highly attractive combining of folk-influenced pieces by composers from Spain –(Manuel de Falla, Enrique Granados, Xavier Montsalvatge) and Argentina (Alberto Ginastera, Carlos Gustavino), by the long-established duo of Kim Kashkashian and Robert Levin, whose last ECM disc, with the Brahms viola sonatas, won the Edison Award in 1999. Kashkashian has described the viola as the most ‘vocal’ of the string instruments, the one closest to the human voice. She seems indeed a singer as she makes of these different compositions an organic unity - an impression heightened by the dramaturgy of the production.

Release: September 2007

András Schiff
Ludwig van Beethoven
The Piano Sonatas
Volume V

ECM New Series 1945/46

Volume V of András Schiff’s highly-acclaimed Beethoven cycle in chronological order includes four masterworks from the so called “middle” period on two CDs: The three sonatas of opus 31, written in 1801-02 shortly before the Eroica symphony, display varied characters, the first one being humorous and the second more dramatic, whereas the third sonata is tender and lyrical in the two initial movements, exuberant in the last two movements. The famous “Waldstein” sonata is a virtuosic highlight of Beethoven’s complete oeuvre with most extraordinary sonic inventions which betray an almost symphonic ambition.

Release: September 2007

Trio Mediaeval
w/ Birger Mistereggen
Folk Songs

ECM New Series 2003

After three very-well received recordings - “Words of the Angel,” “Soir, dit-elle” and “Stella Maris” – combining medieval sacred music and contemporary composition, a strikingly different project from the Trio Mediaeval. Here the singers, “precise and on fire”, in Paul Griffiths’s description, investigate their Scandinavian roots, with a powerful and compelling account of Norwegian folk songs. On several selections they are joined by percussionist Birger Mistereggen, specialist in the rare Norwegian folk-drum tradition. This is a disc that will communicate across categories, to a broad listenership. For the sources that Trio Mediaeval explore here are the same sources that have inspired many Nordic jazz improvisers...

Release: October 2007

Heiner Goebbels
Landschaft mit entfernten Verwandten

for soloists,choir and ensemble

Deutscher Kammerchor
Ensemble Modern
David Bennent speaker
Georg Nigl baritone
Franck Ollu conductor

ECM New Series 1811/12

‘Soundtrack’ of Heiner Goebbels’ massive music theatre piece, “Landscape with Distant Relatives” – ‘an opera in the full sense of the term’ - recorded at Paris’s Festival d’Automne, incorporating texts by Gertrude Stein, Giordano Bruno, Henri Michaux, T.S. Eliot and Nicolas Poussin, and drawing on the services of actor-speaker David Bennett, baritone Georg Nigl, 16 further singers and 19 instrumentalists. The non-linear storyline embraces the ambiguous relationship between art and reality and the nature of political conflict. “The consistently gripping score runs the gamut of styles from Renaissance tonal tapestry (incorporating early instruments) to teeth-baring aggression – including an army of drummers raising merry hell.” (Rob Cowan, The Independent)

Release: October 2007