Hans Abrahamsen: Stratifications; Nacht und Trompeten; Concerto for Piano and Orchestra

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Although Hans Abrahamsen began his career as a follower of the "New Simplicity" movement in Denmark -- a conservative effort in the 1960s to counter the influence of the avant-garde -- he subsequently developed his own methods and moved on to fashion a more idiosyncratic and intuitive practice. Drawing on many compositional techniques, from Stravinsky's neo-Classicism to Ligeti's spectral explorations, and beyond, Abrahamsen veers between extremes of style, yet avoids sounding eclectic by never lingering too long on any one mannerism or reference. The chaotic stylistic menagerie of "Stratifications" 1973-1975 hardly prepares the listener for the quiet, poetic musings of...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Although Hans Abrahamsen began his career as a follower of the "New Simplicity" movement in Denmark -- a conservative effort in the 1960s to counter the influence of the avant-garde -- he subsequently developed his own methods and moved on to fashion a more idiosyncratic and intuitive practice. Drawing on many compositional techniques, from Stravinsky's neo-Classicism to Ligeti's spectral explorations, and beyond, Abrahamsen veers between extremes of style, yet avoids sounding eclectic by never lingering too long on any one mannerism or reference. The chaotic stylistic menagerie of "Stratifications" 1973-1975 hardly prepares the listener for the quiet, poetic musings of "Nacht und Trompeten" 1981, and the variegated "Concerto for piano and orchestra" 1999-2000 only remotely resembles a conventional concerto -- perhaps one that has been taken apart and reassembled as a vehicle for musical stream-of-consciousness. The arrangements of pieces by Bach, Nielsen, Nørgård, and Schoenberg are interesting sidelines, but if they were Abrahamsen's major preoccupation in the 1990s, then they suggest that the composer took time out to reassess his directions. The Danish National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Thomas Dausgaard, plays the first two works with vivid timbres and admirable precision, and the BIT 20 Ensemble, directed by Ilan Volkov, presents the "Concerto" and the arrangements with intimate expression and strikingly separated colors.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/22/2005
  • Label: Marco Polo
  • UPC: 636943601020
  • Catalog Number: 8226010
  • Sales rank: 187,066

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Stratifications, for orchestra - Hans Abrahamsen & Thomas Dausgaard (8:51)
  2. 2 Nacht und Trompeten, for orchestra - Hans Abrahamsen & Thomas Dausgaard (10:21)
  3. 3–6 Concerto for piano & orchestra - Hans Abrahamsen & BIT 20 Ensemble (15:21)
  4. 4 Befiehl du Deine Wege, chorale for 15 instruments (after J.S. Bach's BWV 272) - Hans Abrahamsen & BIT 20 Ensemble (7:03)
  5. 8–10 Three Piano Pieces, recomposed for 10 instruments (after Carl Nielsen's Op. 59) - Hans Abrahamsen & BIT 20 Ensemble (10:15)
  6. 9 Breaking, version for chamber orchestra (after Per Nørgård) - Hans Abrahamsen & BIT 20 Ensemble (5:13)
  7. 12–15 Four Pieces from Sechs kleine Klavierstücke, version for chamber orchestra (after Arnold Schoenberg's Op. 19) - Hans Abrahamsen & BIT 20 Ensemble (5:25)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Thomas Dausgaard Primary Artist
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