Zehetmair, Thomas / Killius, Ruth - Manto and Madrigals

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Thomas Zehetmair, violin
Ruth Killius, viola

Over the last decade, the husband and wife team of Thomas Zehetmair and Ruth Killius have been heard together on ECM New Series as members of the Zehetmair Quartet, in outstanding - and prize-winning - recordings of Schumann, Bartók, Hindemith and Hartmann. "Manto and Madrigal", however, is the first documentation of a duo recital programme which the violinist and violist have been developing in concert for several years.

Recorded at Zurich's radio studio DRS in May 2009, the album "Manto and Madrigal" is a stunning tour of modern music. As Paul Grifiths writes in the liner notes, "The instruments dazzle, dance and declaim, play games with one another". Relationships between the pieces and between the instruments are explored in compositions that range from Scelsi's dissonant and microtonal journey toward the mystic core of music making - with Killius as singer as well as viola soloist - to duo pieces that incorporate elements, archaic or playful, from regional music. There is very early Bartók here, and music of Schoenberg's sole Greek pupil Skalkottas. There are three sketches by Heinz Holliger, written especially for Zehetmair and Killius, playful madrigals by Martinu, a piece by Maxwell Davies refracting folk music of the Orkney islands, and an encore provided by the performers' friend Johannes Nied (last heard on ECM as bass player on Holliger's "Beiseit" album).

Griffiths: "They arrive as if from out of a distant past: two instruments playing together in fifths, and thereby producing an austere consonance reminiscent of ancient ways of harmonizing a melody, as found in some of the earliest notated music and also in surviving Icelandic folk practices, which Rainer Killius follows at the opening of his arrangement of 'Ó mín flaskan friða (...) More than a historical aura makes the fifth an appropriate centre of gravity in this context-between the parts and soon within each one (...) The fifth defines and separates; it is by this interval that one string or one instrument is higher or lower. But the fifth also connects and relates, two notes a fifth apart being consonant together and close in harmonic meaning. What divides is also what binds."

Artikelnummer ECM2150
Streckkod 0028947638278
Utgivningsdatum 2011-02-21
Kategori Klassiskt
Skivbolag ECM
Enhet CD
Antal enheter 1
Artister Zehetmair, Thomas / Killius, Ruth
Disk: 1
1 O min flaskan frida
2 I. -
3 II. -
4 III. -
5 I. Pirouettes harmoniques
6 II. Danse dense
7 III. Cantique à six voix
8 Duo for two violins
9 I. Allegro vivo
10 II. Andante
11 III. Ben ritenuto
12 Midhouse Air
13 I. Poco allegro
14 II. Poco andante
15 III. Allegro
16 Zugabe
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