Ed Spanjaard Largo [63'33"]. This is an ideal introduction to Roberto Gerhard for anyone unfortunate enough not to have come across him. He studied in Barcelona with Granados, became a pupil of Schoenberg insettled in Cambridge inwhere he composed his best music. He distrusted analytical notes and his ideal listener was the non-specialist with open ears.
Leo, Libra and the Concert for 8 are written for unusual chamber ensemble combinations which fit exactly Ballistic - Harlott - Origin Nieuw Ensemble's unusual line-up, which for this CD includes guitar, mandolin and accordion with more Meine Fantasie - Anxiety - Necrosis (File) instruments.
Evocative music, with a succession of ravishing sounds; listener friendly even for those still put off by serialism, which Gerhard uses in a very personal way. Gemini is for violin and piano, with extra sonorities from the strings inside. The Amsterdam based Nieuw Ensemble is one of Europe's finest contemporary music ensembles, and these recordings are impeccable.
Full notes including a year by year biography of this adopted English master. Wholeheartedly recommended. Reviewer Peter Grahame Woolf Reviews from previous months Reviews carry sales links but you can also purchase from:. Return to Index.
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