Zwei Gefühle and Solo Works
Helmut Lachenmann

Zwei Gefühle and Solo Works

Helmut Lachenmann

Label: Mode Records
Format: CD
Barcode: 0764593025221
Catalog number: MODE 252
Releasedate: 13-01-17
- composer performed and supervised recordings.

- also available on DVD with full video and surround sound. (MODEDVD252)
Zwei Gefühle – Musik mit Leonardo (1992) for ensemble
Helmut Lachenmann, narrator
Ensemble Signal, Brad Lubman, conductor

Pression (1969-70) for cello solo
Lauren Radnofsky, cello

Weigenmusik (1963)
Guero (1970)
Ein Kinderspiel (1980) for piano solo
Helmut Lachenmann, piano

Violin and viola players whisper over their instruments. A guitarist waits with the closest attention for the moment to make a gesture we might easily have missed. The tuba player rises to go over to the open piano, there to send sounds echoing into its interior. Two cellists, bowing with heavy pressure down near the tailpiece, produce an urgent rasping. From the timpanist comes the sudden fortissimo that seems to shock the music to a standstill...

Renowned German composer Helmut Lachenmann’s music is expressive in extraordinary ways, as this description of Zwei Gefühle attests, requiring the performers to play their instruments via unusual techniques.

Lachenmann performs in and supervises these recordings with Ensemble Signal, one of America’s leading New Music ensembles. In addition to performing as narrator in “Zwei Gefühle,” the composer is also the soloist for three of his piano works.

These studio recordings followed an intensive 4 concert tour of this program. Lachenmann taught each musician in Ensemble Signal his language of techniques individually for this project.

Liner notes by Paul Griffiths. With texts in English, German and French.

First in a series of Lachenmann on Mode Records.

“The audience whooped and cheered after every work.” – Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times, reviewing the Miller Theatre concert.

Also available on DVD with full video and surround sound.

Brad Lubman, conductor/composer, is founding co-Artistic Director and Music Director of Ensemble Signal. He has gained widespread recognition during the past two decades for his versatility, commanding technique, and insightful interpretations.
His guest conducting engagements include major orchestras such as the DSO Berlin, Netherlands Radio Kamer Filharmonie, WDR Symphony Cologne, Cracow Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Orchestra (Bayerischen Rundfunks), Stuttgart Radio Symphony, Dresden Philharmonic, Saarbrücken Radio Orchestra, American Composers Orchestra, and the St Paul Chamber Orchestra, performing repertoire ranging from classical to contemporary orchestral works. He has worked with some of the most important ensembles for contemporary music, including London Sinfonietta, Ensemble Modern, Klangforum Wien, musikFabrik, Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group, and Steve Reich and Musicians.

He has recorded for Albany, BMG/RCA, Bridge, Cantaloupe, CRI, Kairos, Koch, Mode, New World, Nonesuch, Orange Mountain, and Tzadik. Lubman’s own compositions have been performed in the USA and Europe and can be heard on his CD, insomniac, on Tzadik.

Lubman is Associate Professor of Conducting and Ensembles at the Eastman School of Music, where he has directed the Musica Nova ensemble since joining the faculty in 1997. He is also on the faculty of the Bang-on-a-Can Summer Institute. He is represented by Karsten Witt Musik Management.