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Wesseling, Röthlisberger: Hefti – Light and Shade (FLAC)

Wesseling, Röthlisberger: Hefti - Light and Shade (FLAC)

Wesseling, Röthlisberger: Hefti – Light and Shade (FLAC)

Composer: David Philip Hefti
Performer: Maria Riccarda Wesseling, Bernhard Röthlisberger, Amaryllis Quartett
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Label: Neos
Catalogue: NEOS12101
Release: 2021
Size: 232 MB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: cover

An durchsichtigen Fäden (Version for Mezzo Soprano & String Quartet)
01. No. 1, Aus Klang
02. No. 2, Im Innern der Worte
03. No. 3, Quelle, Narbe, Gesicht?
04. No. 4, Endloser Anfang von allem
05. No. 5, Wenn ich…
06. No. 6, …An den Augenblick denke…

07. String Quartet No. 5 “Concubia nocte”
08. Danse interstellaire

Three powerfully suggestive and image-rich titles come together in the programme of this recording : An durchsichtigen Fäden, Concubia nocte and Danse interstellaire. These works, unified by the presence of a string quartet, circle in the field of tensions between existential fatigue and existential courage, between light and shade, between grief and comfort. As such they are prime examples of the spirited experimentation and powerful expression of the composer David Philip Hefti, who spans the full spectra between sound and noise, sensation and stillness, tension and release, with compositional virtuosity.

A great shade lies over all three works. Dark, melancholic, sad and even desperate tones come consistently forward. Nevertheless the compositions strive toward life and light. David Philip Hefti’s music defies melancholy with optimism and joy for living, and he shows in his virtuosic manner how every shade may be indicative of light.

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