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Rebecca Saunders - Stirrings Still (musikFabrik)

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  • Audio CD (28 July 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Wergo
  • ASIN: B0014ID77A
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 221,921 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Rebecca Saunders - Stirrings Still, CD
booklet writer: Struck-Schloen, Michael
composer: Saunders, Rebecca
orchestra/ensemble: Ensemble musikFabrik
Publisher: Wergo
"What we call silence is for me comparable to a dense knot of noise, frequencies, and sounds," says Rebecca Saunders. "From this surface of apparent silence I try to draw out and mould sound and colour." Samuel Beckett's works have become very important for the composer. Therein lies, perhaps, a certain parallel to Rebecca Saunders's more recent music: in the increasing sparseness of a language that gradually shuts out the inessential and ornamental.
"Stirrings Still" is a music that seems to be inside and outside at once - both mobile sound sculpture and a journey beneath the surface of the sound waves, into the interior of a sound that suddenly seems more distant yet more intense. "Such and much more such the hubbub in his mind so-called till nothing left from deep within but only ever fainter oh to end," Beckett writes at the end of his "Stirrings Still". "Oh all to end." "We love to contemplate blue, not because it advances to us, but because it draws us after it.". (Johann Wolfgang Goethe: Farbenlehre)"Blue is darkness made visible ? The darkness comes in with the tide." (Derek Jarman: Chroma - A book of colour)"Vermilion is a red with a feeling of sharpness, like a glowing steel which can be cooled by water. Vermilion is quenched by blue, for it can support no mixture with a cold colour. The glow of red is within itself.." (Wassily Kandinsky: Concerning the Spiritual in Art)
- 1. blaauw: solo for double-bell trumpet
- 2. Blue and Gray for two double basses
- 3. Duo for violin and piano
- 4. vermilion for clarinet in Bb, electric guitar and violoncello
- 5. Stirrings Still for five players: alto flute, oboe, clarinet in A, piano and crotales


London-born, Berlin-based Rebecca Saunders, who turned 40 last year, is a composer enraptured by sound in the moment and manner of its creation. She's like a poet obsessed not just with the resonances of vowels or the textures of fricatives, but also with the strange in-betweens, where the strangeness of the sound blurs all possibility of conventional meaning. Saunders's works are trajectories of exploration, opening on this CD with Blaauw for double-bell trumpet (played into the resonating chamber of an open grand piano with the sustaining pedal down) and Bl ue and Gray for two double basses, extending gradually to the even stranger, almost unearthly five-instrument world of Stirrings still . Stirring stuff indeed. --Michael Dervan, Irish Times, 8 August 2008

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4.0 out of 5 starsColor-ful sound sculptures of extended techniques, strong gestures and silences
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