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Crossing The Border

NEOS 11521CD NEOS 11521CD

"Music has to learn how to sing again" - this was Peter Ruzicka's formulation as a way out of a creative crisis around 1980. Peter Ruzicka composed the works on Crossing The Border during three different creative periods. The cantata "...Der Die Gesänge Zerschlug..." (Who Shattered the Songs) was created halfway along the path towards his first opera, Celan. Alongside the violin concerto "...Inseln, Randlos" (Islands, Edgeless) and the orchestral piece "...Vorgefühle..." (Presentiments), it marks a significant predilection, in terms of both musical language and structure, for staged music. "Sturz" (Plunge) was written between the Celan opera and its successor, the music theatre Hölderlin, and went into the music of the second stage work via several metamorphoses. The cello concerto "...Über Die Grenze" (Crossing the Border), closely related to the ensemble piece "Trans", explored the expressive and structural terrain for a new opera before either its essential content or working title were known. Österreichisches Ensemble Für Neue Musik, performing all pieces on Crossing The Border, has dedicated itself to the performance of contemporary music for over 40 years and has established itself internationally as one of the leading ensembles of its kind. With over 300 world premieres since its founding and regular participation at numerous major festivals, the ensemble residing in Salzburg has meanwhile become indispensable on the world's great concert stages. Österreichisches Ensemble Für Neue Musik personnel on Crossing The Border is: Johannes Kalitzke - conductor; Dietrich Henschel - baritone; Peter Sigl - violoncello.