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Börtz, Daniel - His name was Orestes - Gilbert, Alan (conductor)


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"Det är stor och mäktig, berättande musik komponerad med en
metodik, en konsekvens och en formalitet som få svenska tonsättare utöver Daniel Börtz är kapabel till."
(Norra Västerbotten)

Born in 1943, Daniel Börtz has gained the respect and affection of both musicians and audiences through his highly individual language and his virtuosic treatment of the symphony orchestra. Highly prolific his main achievements have been in the genres of the symphony and music drama. Almost twenty years ago, in collaboration with Ingmar Bergman, he created the opera Backanterna (The Bacchae) based on a play by Euripides. At the time Börtz also considered using Agamemnon, the first of Aeschylus's three Oresteia plays, for an opera. In the end, however, he decided that what really fascinated him in Aeschylus's trilogy was its closing theme of reconciliation - a theme which lent itself less obviously to an operatic treatment. When coming across an abbreviated version of the Oresteia he decided to make it the basis for an oratorio. The resulting work, Hans namn var Orestes (His name was Orestes), had its première in 2004. It is composed for narrator, vocal soloists, choir and large orchestra, and tells the tragic and bloody tale of the house of Atreus, in which every crime gives birth to a new crime, and revenge follows upon revenge. The final scenes of the two-part oratorio deal with the problem of how to achieve reconciliation after such a development, a civilisatory problem which is no less crucial today than it was in the time of Aeschylus. In its turn, the portrayal of this process posed a artistic problem which Börtz himself, in the liner notes, describes the solution to. For the first performance and recording some of Sweden's finest singers, the eminent Eric Ericson Chamber Choir and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra were gathered together under the baton of Alan Gilbert. Chief conductor of the RSPO and soon-to-become music director of the New York Philharmonic, Gilbert has become a champion of Börtz and other contemporary Swedish composers and also conducted the recording of the recorder concerto A Joker's Tales (from BIS-CD-1425) which is included on the present release.

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Artikelnummer BIS1653
Streckkod 7318591653547
Utgivningsdatum 2007-11-12
Kategori Klassiskt
Skivbolag BIS
Enhet CD
Antal enheter 2
Utövare
Artister Gilbert, Alan (conductor)
Dirigenter Gilbert, Alan
Kompositörer Börtz, Daniel
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