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Rebecca Saunders (b. 1967)
« on: September 04, 2020, 03:35:31 AM »
Based on the handful of works I've heard by Rebecca Saunders, she is a force to be reckoned with. This afternoon, hearing more of her work, thanks to the Berlin Philharmonic's Digital Concert Hall and Klangforum Wien:

https://www.digitalconcerthall.com/en/concert/53506

More coming on Monday and Wednesday, from other artists, and a third concert later in September. All look fascinating.

https://www.digitalconcerthall.com/en/concert/53300
https://www.digitalconcerthall.com/en/concert/53500
https://www.digitalconcerthall.com/en/concert/53188

PS, at the moment, these concerts are being offered free, with email registration. Audio and video quality are outstanding.

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Re: Rebecca Saunders (b. 1967)
« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2020, 03:59:07 AM »
I agree, she is one of the most interesting of composers working today.  It is also nice to see a major orchestra programming her works.

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Re: Rebecca Saunders (b. 1967)
« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2020, 03:29:44 AM »
I gave "Stasis" and "Crimson" a listen.   :-X
Is there something better - a 'magnum opus' to date?
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Re: Rebecca Saunders (b. 1967)
« Reply #3 on: September 06, 2020, 04:00:22 AM »
On CD which impressed me is Stirrings Still

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Re: Rebecca Saunders (b. 1967)
« Reply #4 on: September 06, 2020, 04:37:16 AM »
On CD which impressed me is Stirrings Still



Wow, yeah. This sounds excellent! I wasn't so impressed with another piece of hers that I heard recently (it was a 20 minute piano piece; can't remember the name) but this one is giving me a promising vibe. Seems like Ms. Saunders is one to pay attention to.

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Re: Rebecca Saunders (b. 1967)
« Reply #5 on: September 06, 2020, 05:21:58 AM »
Didn't care for that piece (I and II) either - this is one contemporary composer I don't think I'm going to be able to warm up to.
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Re: Rebecca Saunders (b. 1967)
« Reply #6 on: September 09, 2020, 06:12:58 AM »
Coming up in two hours, another big helping of music by Rebecca Saunders, this time from Ensemble Musikfabrik:

https://www.digitalconcerthall.com/en/concert/53500

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Re: Rebecca Saunders (b. 1967)
« Reply #7 on: October 19, 2020, 09:35:50 AM »
Just out, a new release in col legno's Musica Viva series, featuring concerti for violin and for trumpet, and a piece for two bass clarinets.



I've already heard (and was impressed by) the two concerti, thanks to 5against4, but Aether will be new to me.
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Re: Rebecca Saunders (b. 1967)
« Reply #8 on: December 13, 2020, 06:00:15 AM »
<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/0zi6wvbE8Ho" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" class="bbc_link bbc_flash_disabled new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/0zi6wvbE8Ho</a>

Yes. Somehow based on Molly Bloom says at the end. A long haul but there’s quite a bit of variety to engage the mind. Psychologically deep; sensual. Originally specialised with lighting effects I think, but provided you’re up for it it’s listenable at home.
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