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Orchestra Works Vol. 2

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German composer and conductor Peter Ruzicka holds a professorship at Hamburg University of Music and Theater, is a member of the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts and the Hamburg Free Academy of the Arts, and is artistic director of the Munich Biennale for New Music. He also served as artistic director of the Salzburg Festival. On this CD, Ruzicka conducts the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, playing three of his large orchestral works: "Über Unstern," "Trans" and Mahler|Bild -- all composed between 2009 and 2011. Ever since creating his earliest works, Peter Ruzicka has been acutely conscious that composing occurs within a place in history in which the past serves not merely as a breeding ground, but also as a part of the present and as an enquiry of it. The dialectic of adopted, suppressed and violated history has assumed a particular role in this reflexive creativity. Time and again, quotations from Alban Berg, Anton Webern and Arnold Schönberg, but also earlier masters such as Robert Schumann, Ludwig van Beethoven, Joseph Haydn, Thomas Tallis and especially Gustav Mahler have appeared in his works, serving as a critical mirror or catalyst of his own musical language. Now, after almost five decades of musical creativity, his own quality has also acquired its own specific historicity and has become, like foreign elements, an object of his late style.