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Fionnuala McCarthy, Soprano
The Horenstein Ensemble brings to its debut album an interesting search for clues, where connoisseurs and music lovers alike will sit up and take notice! On CD, HD Studio Master, DVD+FLAC and audiophile 180g Vinyl!
The Horenstein Ensemble wants to present the great diversity of chamber music and the interplay of various instrument types such as strings, winds and harp. The members of the ensemble, all musicians of the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, all strive to produce in their interpretations the best possible sound with many layers of colour, or freely adapted from the words of Leopold Stokowski: “Sound, good sound, is paramount”
The listener is presented with works of great variety, yet the proximity of the works is also apparent. The four works were all composed within 25 years of each other, and the musical language, character (one could almost attribute a unifying sound to all the pieces) and chamber music gesture are all closely related. Having said that, each of these pieces has its own special tone, each one achieving a new balance between the archaic and the modern. Also, each of the four pieces has its own specific instrumentation which lends it its own individual taste.
Maurice Ravel (1875 – 1937)
INTRODUCTION and ALLEGRO
for flute, clarinet, harp and string quartet (1905)
Herbert Howells (1892 – 1983)
for clarinet and string quartet (1919)
Jean Émile Paul Cras (1879 – 1932)
for flute, harp and string trio (1928)
I. Assez animé – II. Animé – III. Assez lent – IV. Très animé
Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872 – 1958)
MERCILESS BEAUTY – Three Rondels
for soprano, violin, viola and violoncello (1921)