Small ensemble works by Harrison Birtwistle – each with a very enigmatic, poetic feel! The first passage of tracks is comprised of "Settings Of Lorine Niedecker" – with soprano performances by Amy Freston mixed with cello lines from Adrian Brendel – the former at a level that almost feels more instrumental at times, the latter with these deeply-carved melancholy lines. "Trio" features the cello of Brendel, plus piano from Till Fellner and violin from Lisa Batiashvili – instrumental sounds that hang in air
one minute, then rush together the next – all with a great sense of sonic power through very short utterances. The remainder of the CD features "Bogenstrich – Meditations On A Poem Of Rilke" – with Fellner on piano and Brendel on cello, plus baritone Roderick Williams on a few lyrical passages.
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