JÖRG WIDMANN (b.1973): Antiphon, Armonica, Souvenir bavarois, PETER RUZICKA (b.1948): Clouds, BEAT FURRER (b.1954): Chiaroscuro, MAURICIO KAGEL (1931-2008): Étude No. 3.
Catalogue Number: 05P092
Label: Pan Classics
Reference: PC 10290
Description: Kagel's Etude is reminiscent of the superb, intelligently challenging, emotionally compelling piano trios we offered last month, but in full orchestral garb. The piece keeps presenting fragments of very familiar-sounding, tonal romantic material, then subverting their meaning by placing them in s more contemporary context. Widmann's Antiphon consists of striking oppositions between starkly contrasting material, presented by divided orchestral groupings - massive fanfares, battering percussion outbursts, and somber passages of rather Mahlerian night music. Armonica takes as its point of departure the distinctive sounds of the glass harmonica and the accordion, and expands them through imitative and complementary sonorities built up in fluid layers throughout the orchestra. In both works, the dense harmony lends compelling richness to the strange landscapes traversed. The Furrer is a study in contrasting sonorities, sometimes in violent confrontation, finally resolving into a sudden, rhythmically pounding climax, before descending into silence. Ruzicka's Clouds is powerfully onomatopoeic nature music, in a largely neo-romantic, tonal idiom with traces of Sibelius, vividly depicting its subject and climaxing in a tremendous storm. Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra; Paavo Järvi.