musica viva vol. 35 – Rebecca Saunders

This portrait of the British composer Rebecca Saunders, who lives in Germany, includes her violin concerto "Still", the German premiere of the composition "Aether" for two bass clarinets and "Alba" for trumpet and orchestra. The Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra plays under the direction of Ilan Volkov and Peter Eötvös.

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The portrait of Rebecca Saunders begins with her two-part violin concerto Still, written in 2011. It was premiered on September 29, 2011 at the Beethovenfest in Bonn. Carolin Widmann, who at the time was the first performer of the work, can also be heard as the violin soloist in this recording. The chamber music composition Aether for two bass clarinets was composed in 2015/16; its German premiere was recorded on December 15, 2017 in the Herkulessaal der Residenz in Munich. Finally, Alba for trumpet and orchestra came from a composition commission in 2014 by musica viva des Bayerischer Rundfunks and BBC Radio 3 for the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. The premiere of the work, which is dedicated to the trumpeter Marco Blaauw, was recorded on February 20, 2015 in the Herkulessaal der Residenz in Munich.

Rebecca Saunders

for violin and orchestra [2011]
Commissioned by the Beethovenfest Bonn with the support of the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation

for two bass clarinets [2015/16]
Commissioned by Bludenzer Tage zeitgemäßer Musik | German premiere

for solo trumpet and orchestra
Commissioned by musica viva des Bayerischen Rundfunks and BBC Radio 3 for the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra | World premiere

Carolin Widmann violin (Still)
Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
Ilan Volkov conductor

Carl Rosman and Richard Haynes bass clarinet (Aether)

Marco Blaauw trumpet (Alba)
Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
Peter Eötvös conductor

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Product number: 900635
Total Time: 66’54 min.