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Through the Night

Composer Maddalena Casulana
Carlo Gesualdo
Daniel Kidane
Henry Purcell
Arnold Schoenberg
Richard Strauss
Performer Beibei Wang
United Strings of Europe
Julian Azkoul, conductor
Catalogue Number BIS-2589 SACD
EAN 7318599925899
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Oct 2023
Total time 78'07

An exploration of the night, for string ensemble
For their fourth release with BIS, the United Strings of Europe with their director Julian Azkoul present another innovative programme, dedicated this time to the night, a source of wonder and fascination, rich with metaphorical associations. The ensemble’s varied, tailor-made programme features counterpoint, aching dissonance and chromaticism from across a range of styles spanning nearly 500 years, from the Renaissance to the present day. &&&

The album is built around two post-romantic masterpieces: Richard Strauss’s Metamorphosen (here in an arrangement by Éric Mouret), a work composed during the final months of the Second World War that evokes destruction, mourning, nostalgia, but also hope for progress and transformation, and Arnold Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht, based on a poem by Richard Dehmel, which, in a nocturnal dialogue between a man and a woman, shows the power of love that can overcome the greatest challenges. These two major works are joined by arrangements for strings of vocal pieces by Maddelena Casulana, Carlo Gesualdo and Henry Purcell, as well as a new work by Daniel Kidane, Be Still, featuring percussionist Beibei Wang, a reflection on recent years marked by lockdowns during which everyday markers, such as meeting with friends and family, travelling or attending concerts vanished.
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  Richard Strauss
01 Metamorphosen, TrV 290 (arr. Éric Mouret) 25'47
  Maddalena Casulana
02 Morir non può il mio cuore (arr. Simon Parkin) 6'37
  Daniel Kidane
03 Be Still 6'35
  Carlo Gesualdo
04 Tristis est anima mea (arr. Michi Wiancko) 5'00
  Arnold Schoenberg (Schönberg)
05 Verklärte Nacht (1943 version for string orchestra), Op. 4 29'56
  Henry Purcell
06 Dido's Lament from the opera Dido and Aeneas, Z 626 4'08
  Album total 78'07
ComposerCasulana, Maddalena
Gesualdo, Carlo
Kidane, Daniel
Purcell, Henry
Schoenberg (Schönberg), Arnold
Strauss, Richard
OrchestraUnited Strings
United Strings of Europe
DirectorAzkoul, Julian
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