Index of Artists
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Orchestral Works Vol. 1
Featured works: "The Structures of Echo -- Lindauer Beweinung", (Music for 32 Voices and Orchestra, 2002). "Void II" (music for Piano, Saxophone, Percussion and Orchestra, 2001). "It is rare to find composers who can use sounds to tell stories of absolute void and who manage, conversely, in passages of virtual silence to give some sense of the richness of overriding entities. Nikolaus Brass, born in Lindau on Lake Constance in 1949, is one such artist -- a quiet, reflective, and, in the profound sense of the word, friendly man. Because he has never been at the center of the scenes that set the tone, he has, unforgiveably, been scarcely noticed by the very people to whom he has essential things to offer. His music does not seek to shine artistically but is rather the result of a search for the essential core of things that is as truthful as it is intensely probing."
, double bass. Various moods are encountered here, each strophe of a demonstrably vocal part reaching ever upwards into the jubilant light and descending into the shadows. Helge Slaatto (violin) takes over the line from Klaus- Peter Werani (viola), passes the word back to him and indulges in a little duet with Frank Reinecke (double bass). And then again, right up to the close, the song is sung on its own, by Erik Borgir (violoncello) and finally by the bassist. In a series of short but personal booklet texts, the four interpreters tell us how they feel about the music they play: as a fanfare, as a heady current, as an ocean voyage, into unknown vistas. As an encounter with never-ending pain. And as a glimpse of hope of something that lies beyond, a life after death.
Zeit im Grund/Von Wachsender Gegenwart
"There is music which one cannot hear enough.
writes music of this kind." The music journalist
, who died in 2009 and was one of the most sensitive observers of contemporary music, encountered few composers with the enthusiasm and empathy that he showed for Nikolaus Brass. "It is certainly not possible to establish, by decree, which composers are indispensible for a certain period. At the same time, one believes to directly sense, of certain composers, that they are essential. Nikolaus Brass, born in Lindau on Lake Constance in 1949, is such a composer." The
Munich Chamber Orchestra
). has presented over 60 world premieres, since former Artistic Director
established its unmistakably dynamic profile in the '90s. Since the 2006/2007 season,
has been the principal conductor and artistic director of the MKO. Since 2011 he has been the artistic director of the Tongyeong International Music Festival (TIMF) in South Korea. Since the beginning of the 2012/2013 season, Liebreich has been artistic director and principle conductor of the
National Symphony Orchestra
Polish Broadcasting Company
(NOSPR) with headquarters in Katowice, and is thus the first German principal conductor in Poland since 1945.
Index of Artists