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Astrid Bas, Susanna Malkki & Ensemble InterContemporain - Michael Jarrell: Cassandre (2009)

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Astrid Bas, Susanna Malkki & Ensemble InterContemporain - Michael Jarrell: Cassandre (2009)
Artist: Astrid Bas, Susanna Malkki & Ensemble InterContemporain
Title Of Album: Michael Jarrell: Cassandre
Year Of Release: 2009
Label: Kairos
Country: Various Countries
Genre: Classical
Quality: FLAC (*image + .cue, log, scans)
Bitrate: Lossless
Time: 53:26
Full Size: 192 MB


Michael Jarrell (*1958)

01. Cassandre, for actor & ensemble: Apollon te crache dans la bouche...
02. Cassandre, for actor & ensemble: Hecube, ma mere...
03. Cassandre, for actor & ensemble: Le cypres...
04. Cassandre, for actor & ensemble: Vers le soir...
05. Cassandre, for actor & ensemble: Quand je remonte...
06. Cassandre, for actor & ensemble: 1st interlude instrumental
07. Cassandre, for actor & ensemble: Polyxene, ma soeur
08. Cassandre, for actor & ensemble: C'etait la veille du depart...
09. Cassandre, for actor & ensemble: Remarquez bien...
10. Cassandre, for actor & ensemble: 2nd interlude instrumental
11. Cassandre, for actor & ensemble: C'etait une journee pareille...
12. Cassandre, for actor & ensemble: Je vis mon frere Hector...
13. Cassandre, for actor & ensemble: Enee vint a la nouvelle lune...
14. Cassandre, for actor & ensemble: Depuis qu'en ce lieu...
15. Cassandre, for actor & ensemble: L'effondrement vint vite...
16. Cassandre, for actor & ensemble: Oui, ce fut ainsi...


Astrid Bas actress
Susanna Malkki conductor
Ensemble intercontemporain • IRCAM

It's stretching the conventional, technical definition of the term to call Swiss composer Michael Jarrell's spoken monodrama Cassandre an opera, but that's the composer's description of it, and as such, it ought to be respected. It does consist of a musical narrative accompanying a verbal narrative, so even though it doesn't involve singing, it comes closer to standard opera than some pieces that are so designated. Also, the fact that it is so compelling as a unified musical and dramatic entity makes its definition seem less consequential; it's fully successful in using music and story to draw the listener into the protagonist's world. Cassandre has received numerous international performances since its 1994 premiere and has been translated into a variety of languages. In its form, popularity, subject matter (the protagonist's reflection on the trauma of war), emotional impact, and to some extent its musical style, it strongly resembles Marc Neikrug's haunting 1980 "music-drama" Through Roses.

Cassandre is based on a text by Christa Wolf that actress Astrid Bas delivers with urgency and poignant dramatic restraint. Jarrell's score for chamber ensemble is notable for the evocative subtlety of its depiction of the Trojan prophet's state of mind as she recounts the horrors of the war. Jarrell avoids the obvious -- the big rhetorical gestures -- that would seem to be appropriate for such a dramatic and grim story, and instead creates a soundworld of gossamer, dream-like ethereality to underscore Cassandre's intimate musings. His orchestration is incandescent, and the music is simply beautiful in its prismatically evolving textures. For a piece that rarely rises above a whisper, it makes a surprisingly visceral impact. IRCAM's Ensemble InterContemporain, led by Susanna Malkki, plays the challenging score with exceptional grace and delicacy. Kairos' sound is immaculate, as is typical for its releases. Highly recommended for fans of new music. -- Stephen Eddins

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