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Ruders: Concertos
Ruders, Heide, Aarhus Symphony Orchestra
Ruders: Concertos
Genre: Classical
 
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Poul Ruders is one of the biggest names in contemporary Scandinavian music. His orchestral works in particular have a brilliance and intensity that have made a great impression on audiences around the world. Concerto in Pi...  more »

     
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All Artists: Ruders, Heide, Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, Sondergard
Title: Ruders: Concertos
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Label: Da Capo [Naxos]
Original Release Date: 1/1/2009
Re-Release Date: 7/28/2009
Genre: Classical
Styles: Forms & Genres, Concertos, Symphonies
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 636943603420

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Poul Ruders is one of the biggest names in contemporary Scandinavian music. His orchestral works in particular have a brilliance and intensity that have made a great impression on audiences around the world. Concerto in Pieces was played at the Last Night of the Proms in 1995 and is one of the most successful orchestral works of our time. It is based on a theme by Purcell and is a witty, explosively colourful successor to Britten's Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra. In the sunny Violin Concerto no. 1 the present day meets both Vivaldi and Schubert, while the percussion concerto Monodrama is a strong example of the primal Nordic power that fuels all of Ruders works.
 

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Kafta versus Big Brother!
Tym S. | San Francisco, CA USA | 11/02/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"The Danish composer Poul Ruders studied under Rasmussen, who had a "mash-up" approach of quoting earlier composers within a sonic blender to open new possibilities. These works extend that additive and subtractive style.

In the tradition of Britten, Ruders' "Concerto In Pieces" is just that; a parade of themes which let the listener learn the nuts and bolts of the orchestra. From a note quote of Purcell, the intro thunders in glorious before breaking down into facets played by different sections in different styles. "IV" surprises with its slinky freeform saxophone in a more bluesy mode; "V" spotlights a nimble tuba; while "VI" is alive with polyrhythmic drums duelling a snakey piano. The latter movements are colder quiet musings drifting like snowflakes before surging back in one rousing finale.

"Violin Concerto" is a triptych contemplating winter. "1" uses subtle quotes from Vivaldi within its complex and restless whirl; "2" lulls into a forlorn and pensive drift, building softly; "3" uses a Schubert quote as a form around which string clusters run, hesitate, double back, stumble, and try again through the wind storm.

The epic title piece "Monodrama", says Ruders, is "all about creating a huge building in sound with the utmost economy." It is an activist's rage paced out for the long run. It is stealthy, watchful, skirting a danger that builds and stalks in return. Far from being a dry exercise in amelodic textures, it's like an exciting mental soundtrack of Kafta escaping a Big Brother fortress. A tour-de-force for percussionist Mathias Reumert, and compelling for its entire 30 minutes. Can't wait for a movie!"