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  • Audio CD (1 July 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 6
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: ECM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,481 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Heiner Goebbels: In einem alten Fahrstuhl (from Der Mann im Fahrstuhl) - Various Performers
  2. Steve Reich: Music for 18 Musicians (excerpt) (Steve Reich and Musicians) - Steve Reich and Musicians
  3. Arvo Pärt: Fratres (Gidon Kremer, Keith Jarrett) - Gidon Kremer/Keith Jarrett
  4. Arvo Pärt: Ludus from Tabula rasa (Gidon Kremer, Tatjana Grindenko, Alfred Schnittke, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra/ Saulius Sondeckis) - Various Performers
  5. György Kurtág; Aus der Ferne (from Játékok) (Márta Kurtág) - Marta Kurtag
  6. J S Bach: Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit (Sonatina from 'Actus tragicus', BWV 106 transcribed by György Kurtág) (Márta & György Kurtág) - Marta & Gyorgy Kurtag
  7. Tigran Mansurian: Testament (Rosamunde Quartet) - Rosamunde Quartet
  8. Betty Olivero: Neharót Neharót (excerpt) (Kim Kashkashian, Münchener Kammerorchester/Alexander Liebreich) - Various Performers
  9. C P E Bach: Fantasie für Klavier fis-Moll (Alexei Lubimov) - Alexei Lubimov
  10. Joseph Haydn: The Seven Last Words of our Saviour on the Cross - IV. Largo (Rosamunde Quartet) - Rosamunde Quartet
  11. River - Various Performers
  12. Meredith Monk: Scared Song (from Do You Be) - Meredith Monk
  13. Heiner Goebbels: Der Chef (from Der Mann im Fahrstuhl) - Various Performers

Disc: 2

  1. Heiner Goebbels: Hörstück II (Ich möchte Ihnen einen Vorschlag machen...)/Kleine Passacaglia/Über den Selbstmord (from Eislermaterial) - Various Performers
  2. Giya Kancheli: Vom Winde beweint - I. Largo molto (Kim Kashkashian, Orchester der Beethovenhalle Bonn/Dennis Russell Davies) - Various Performers
  3. John Tavener: Funeral Canticle (excerpt) (with kind permission of Harmonia Mundi) - Various Performers
  4. Dmitri Shostakovich: String Quartet No.15 - I. Elegy (Keller Quartet) - Keller Quartett
  5. Arvo Pärt: Most Holy Mother of God (from Officium Novum) (The Hilliard Ensemble) - Hilliard Ensemble
  6. Tres morillas m'enamoran (Spanish anonymous) (from Officium Novum) (Jan Garbarek, The Hilliard Ensemble) - Jan Garbarek/Hilliard Ensemble
  7. Dmitri Shostakovich: Chamber Symphony op. 110 bis - I. Largo (Stuttgarter Kammerorchester/ Dennis Russell Davies) - Various Performers
  8. Valentin Silvestrov: I. Postludium 'DSCH' (Maacha Duebner, Simon Fordham, Anja Lechner, Silke Avenhaus) - Various Performers
  9. Valentin Silvestrov: III. Postludium (Anja Lechner, Silke Avenhaus) - Various Performers

Disc: 3

  1. Eleni Karaindrou: Concert In Athens, Voyage - Eleni Karaindrou
  2. Closed Roads - Eleni Karaindrou
  3. Invocation - Eleni Karaindrou
  4. Tango of Love - Eleni Karaindrou
  5. Tom's Theme - Eleni Karaindrou
  6. Laura's Waltz - Eleni Karaindrou
  7. Adagio - Eleni Karaindrou
  8. After Memory - Eleni Karaindrou
  9. Farewell Theme - Eleni Karaindrou
  10. Seeking Theme - Eleni Karaindrou
  11. Nostalgia Song - Eleni Karaindrou
  12. Requiem for Willy Loman, var. - Eleni Karaindrou
  13. Eleni Karaindrou: The Weeping Meadow - Eleni Karaindrou
  14. Karaindrou: Memories (from Elegy of the Uprooting) - Eleni Karaindrou
  15. Jan Garbarek: Dis (from Dis) - Jan Garbarek
  16. Jon Balke /Amina Alaoui: O Andalusin (from Siwan) - Jon Balke/Amina Alaoui
  17. Jon Balke /Amina Alaoui: Ashiyin Raïqin (from Siwan) - Jon Balke/Amina Alaoui
  18. Rolf Lislevand Ensemble: Music based on early baroque compositions, arr. Rolf Lislevand (from Nuove musiche), Passacaglia andaluz II - Various Performers
  19. Toccata - Various Performers
  20. Passacaglia cromatica - Various Performers
  21. Arpeggiata addio - Various Performers

Disc: 4

  1. Andrey Dergatchev: Music for the film 'The Return', Underwater - Various Performers
  2. In The Bedroom - Various Performers
  3. The Road - Various Performers
  4. Mugam - Various Performers
  5. Japan - Various Performers
  6. Port - Various Performers
  7. Rehearsal - Various Performers
  8. Piano - Various Performers
  9. Georgians - Various Performers
  10. Final Titles - Various Performers
  11. Wolf - Various Performers
  12. Nils Petter Molvær: Khmer (from Khmer) - Various Performers
  13. Tløn - Various Performers
  14. Access/Song Of Sand I - Various Performers
  15. On Stream - Various Performers
  16. Platonic Years - Various Performers
  17. Plum - Various Performers
  18. Song Of Sand II - Various Performers
  19. Eivind Aarset: Close (For Comfort) (from Dream Logic) - Various Performers

Disc: 5

  1. Stefano Battaglia Trio: Euphonia Elegy (from Songways) - Stefano Battaglia Trio
  2. Food: Celestial Food (from Mercurial Balm) - Various Performers
  3. Tord Gustavsen Quartet: Prelude (from The Well) - Tord Gustavsen Quartet
  4. Egberto Gismonti: Memoria e Fado (marrom) (from Dança dos Escravos) - Egberto Gismonti
  5. Norma Winstone Trio: Like A Lover (from Stories Yet To Tell) - Norma Winstone Trio
  6. Norma Winstone Trio: Cradle Song (Hoy Nazan) (from Stories Yet To Tell) - Norma Winstone Trio
  7. Jan Garbarek/Egberto Gismonti/Charlie Haden: Carta de Amor (from Magico - Carta de Amor) - Jan Garbarek/Egberto Gismonti/Charlie Haden
  8. Ralph Alessi: Zone (from Baida) - Ralph Alessi
  9. Anja Lechner/Vassilis Tsabropoulos: Trois morceaux après des hymnes byzantins I (from Chants, Hymns and Dances) - Anja Lechner/Vassilis Tsabropoulos
  10. Anja Lechner/Vassilis Tsabropoulos: Trois morceaux après des hymnes byzantins II (from Chants, Hymns and Dances) - Anja Lechner/Vassilis Tsabropoulos
  11. Colin Vallon Trio: Telepathy (from Rruga) - Colin Vallon Trio
  12. Christian Wallumrød Ensemble: Solemn Mosquitoes (from Fabula Suite Lugano) - Christian Wallumrod Ensemble
  13. Christian Wallumrød Ensemble: Blop - Christian Wallumrod Ensemble
  14. Tomasz Stanko Quartet: Song for Ania (from Lontano) - Tomasz Stanko Quartet

Disc: 6

  1. Jimmy Giuffre 3: Jesus Maria - Jimmy Giuffre
  2. Paul Bley/Evan Parker/Barre Phillips: Time Will Tell - Paul Bley/Evan Parker/Barre Phillips
  3. Barre Phillips/Feichtner/Surman/Martin: Mountainscapes V - Barre Phillips/Feichtner/Surman/Martin
  4. Old And New Dreams: Lonely Woman - Old and New Dreams
  5. Robin Williamson: The Four Points Are Thus Beheld - Robin Williamson
  6. Sinikka Langeland: Langt innpå skoga - Sinikka Langeland
  7. Frode Haltli: Psalm - Frode Haltli
  8. Gary Peacock: Voice from the Past - Gary Peacock
  9. Steve Kuhn Trio with Joe Lovano: Spiritual - The Steve Kuhn Trio
  10. Wadada Leo Smith: Kulture of Jazz - Wadada Leo Smith
  11. Robin Williamson: The World - Robin Williamson

Product Description

Product Description

In the winter of 2012/13, the Haus der Kunst in Munich - one of Europe's most important museums for contemporary art - hosted the exhibition 'ECM - A Cultural Archaeology'. The goal of curators Okwui Enwezor and Markus Müller was to show the range of the label's artistic endeavours in music, graphic art, and photography and its creative interchanges with film, theatre and literature. For this exhibition, Manfred Eicher and Steve Lake created this six-CD box-set accentuating directions in ECM's rich musical history.

Many themes and streams are touched upon here including the range of composition in the New Series, music for and from films, imaginative historical reconstructions, trans-cultural music, ambient minimalism, and jazz and improvisation of many hues, in a collection with a playing time of more than seven hours.

Featuring: Heiner Goebbels, Steve Reich, Arvo Pärt, Gidon Kremer, Keith Jarrett, György Kurtág, Tigran Mansurian, Rosamunde Quartet, Betty Olivero, Kim Kashkashian, Meredith Monk, Giya Kancheli, Keller Quartet, Hilliard Ensemble, Valentin Silvestrov, Eleni Karaindrou, Jan Garbarek, Jon Balke and Amina Alaoui, Rolf Lislevand, Nils Petter Molvær, Eivind Aarset, Stefano Battaglia, Tord Gustavsen, Egberto Gismonti, Norma Winstone, Ralph Alessi, Anja Lechner, Vassilis Tsabropoulos, Colin Vallon, Christian Wallumrød, Tomasz Stanko, Jimmy Giuffre, Paul Bley, Evan Parker, Barre Phillips, Robin Williamson, Old & New Dreams, Sinikka Langeland, Frode Haltli, Gary Peacock, Steve Kuhn, Wadada Leo Smith and many others.


'Five stars for mostly reissued music might seem generous, but the way this set has been assembled creates transporting new narratives - or meditations - from sequences that were never meant to coexist.' -- The Guardian * * * * *

'For those wondering what the point of record labels might be in the age of the download, ECM, with its pared-down, north European aesthetic is surely answer enough. Since 1969, it has championed the cool and contemplative over the shallow and ideal soundtrack for summer.' --The Times * * * *

'Beautiful...Use it to soundtrack your own life.' -- The Independent On Sunday * * * *

'You could spend six very enjoyable evenings playing one disc per night from this set, your own private Late Junction with Eicher as silent disc jockey. That would be time more than well spent.' -- Marlbank * * * *

'A shrewdly compiled trip through ECM's back catalogue, moving seamlessly from classical to jazz to world and folk, and providing not just individual delights but also the joys of juxtaposition...a collection to treasure for the rest of one's life.

--The Jazz Breakfast, (Peter Bacon)

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Buying into this is like an article of faith; there's little information on the box to tell you what to expect in what is essentially a compilation excavated from the material of many artists over many years.

If you're an ECM devotee then this probably won't be an issue. You'll already have belief in a label which has been at the meeting point between disparate genres of music since its inception in the '60s. If on the other hand you are not familiar with ECM then...the journey might be even more remarkable.

Listing tracks and artists would be to go against the spirit of this collection, which is to set the listener on a path of which the destination is - at the moment - unknowable. The only thing to do is to loose one of the CDs from its protective cover and to listen.

The experience itself is slightly disorientating, as spoken word rubs up against a fragment of early music, which then leads into a contemporary piece; or is it, are we still in music of hundreds of years ago? Jazz fuses with orchestral out of which grows solo piano; it's disarming and of course asks more questions than it delivers answers. There's a sort of overarching coherence, thanks to the expertise of those involved in curating the project, but from within the maze there's nothing to do but give yourself up to this soundworld.

Produced for the recent ECM cultural celebration in Munich, this is a testament to one man's unshakeable vision, and one which the curious should have no hesitation in connecting with.
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A box of delights for anyone familiar with offerings from ECM. This continues the policy of the label to provide exposure of their artists to those with an interest in modern "serious" music albeit after a gap of 13 years. Selected Signs I and II were released in 1997 and 2000 respectively. The musical landscape is vast with everything from orchestral to electronic.
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A selection of absolutely wonderful compilation from ecm. With the first playing I was hooked by such very original, emotive and.intelligible music from various genres.
Excellent CDs from sonic point of view..
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Awesome stuff,my only niggles are the lengthy spoken passages in a language I don't understand,which introduce one of the CDs,and the fact that although I already own Selected Signs 1 and 2,they were not included in this package - a box set that starts with "Volume 3" reads a bit odd.

One of the best box sets I've ever bought,though as a fan of ECM I'd trust their output.ECM started with a Mal Waldron jazz LP in 1969 and I have not yet heard a ECM release that wasn't brilliant.I love the label's own quote "The most beautiful sound next to silence"...
Why the 4 stars out of 5 - there is no such thing as a 5 star rating in my critique.
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The music we are given here is typical of a trend that may destroy diversity, that may become a norm managing music at some global level. Jazz is a style, or even a genre that implies any musical object can be dealt with along this style. John Steinbeck reported a long time ago his answer to a question someone asked him in the USSR about jazz. He answered that you can take Any musical piece of any tradition and you just produces it in a jazzy way and you have jazz. This is genetically modified music and you import into any music that genetic element called jazz. But then the original music is no longer what it was originally. In our days of genuine fidelity to what the music was or is in its real context, this rewriting of everything in a jazz style is homogenizing.

What's more, as we are going to see, it is one criticism the musicians of this ECM label leveled at what jazz had become in the consumer's society: a commodity, nearly elevator music. The danger in jazz is that it becomes, is becoming, always and systematically a standard often questioned and even rejected by some but to be replaced by another standard. It is obvious with these CDs that improvisation is non-existent since the music is recorded. They may be the recordings of improvised pieces but as soon as they are recorded they are no longer improvised. That's where the DVD would be a better medium because then we would see the improvisation, not live but dead alive if I dare say so. On a CD it is necessarily dead by dissection.

I say it is a danger in that procedure, but in these CDs many pieces are really original in tone or in treatment of the musical objects. But yet the trio or the quartet is a form that comes back over and over again.
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