|Vom Himmel zur Hölle - From Heaven to Hell|
|composer: Louis Andriessen - Mauricio Kagel - Martin Smolka|
interpreter: Cristina Zavalloni
booklet writer: Patrick Hahn
conductor: Reinbert de Leeuw - Peter Rundel
orchestra/ensemble: Ensemble musikFabrik
|Ensemble musikFabrik / Cristina Zavalloni: soprano / conductors: Peter Rundel, Reinbert de Leeuw|
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| "From Heaven to Hell"|
The music of the angels as a euphonious affair is a relatively recent notion. In the Old Testament, the polyphonic praise of God was imagined as an overpowering roar. Martin Smolka’s "Rush (Hour in Celestial Streets)" comes closer to this older concept with its after-work traffic jam, though he also takes a detour through microtonality to write entirely new harmonies.
On earth, light music celebrates a joyous resurrection in a very special "music machine" in Mauricio Kagel’s "Orchestrion-Straat".
And with his "Racconto dall’Inferno" (tale from hell"), Louis Andriessen sides both with and against Dante, submitting evidence that hell does have a sound—and that anyone caught in its repetitive loops will find it difficult to escape. "We’re on the highway to hell."
production by Westdeutscher Rundfunk
| Martin Smolka: Rush (Hour in Celestial Streets) for ensemble - Mauricio Kagel: Orchestrion-Straat for chamber ensemble - Louis Andriessen: Racconto dall’Inferno for voice and ensemble |