Éventail

Heinz Holliger, Anton Kernjak

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In his Éventail de musique française, Swiss oboist and composer Heinz Holliger traverses a broad selection of French works for oboe and piano in a multichromatic programme of early 20th century music. As Holliger states in his liner note, “the closeness of the oboe to the human voice inspired my idea of opening up the richly coloured fan of French music through the still far too little known collection of Vocalises-Études.” Contained in this wide-ranging recital are compositions by Ravel, Debussy, Milhaud, Saint-Saëns, Casadesus as well as Koechlin, Jolivet and Messiaen – Holliger cultivated a personal relationship with several of the composers. On piano returns Anton Kernjak, who appeared on Holliger’s 2014 recording Aschenmusik, while French harpist Alice Belugou comes in to play on André Jovilet’s Controversia pour hautbois et harpe. The richness of the 20th century oboe-repertoire is on full display throughout and finds Holliger in engaging dialogues with piano and harp. Éventail follows the release of Heinz Holliger’s multiple awards-winning large-scale opera Lunea from 2022.
In seinem Éventail de musique française durchstreift der Schweizer Oboist und Komponist Heinz Holliger eine breite Auswahl französischer Werke für Oboe und Klavier in einem weit gefächerten Programm der Musik des frühen 20. Jahrhunderts. "Die Nähe der Oboe zur menschlichen Stimme brachte mich auf die Idee,“, so Holliger im CD-Begleittext, „anhand der noch viel zu wenig bekannten Sammlung von Vocalises-Etudes, den farbenreichen Fächer der französischen Musik ein Stück weit zu öffnen.“ In diesem umfangreichen Rezital sind Kompositionen von Ravel, Debussy, Milhaud, Saint-Saëns, Casadesus sowie Koechlin, Jolivet und Messiaen enthalten – zu mehreren der Komponisten pflegte Holliger auch persönliche Beziehungen. Am Klavier ist Anton Kernjak zu hören, der 2014 auf Holligers Aufnahme Aschenmusik zu hören war, während die französische Harfenistin Alice Belugou auf André Jovilets Controversia pour hautbois et harpe ihren Beitrag leistet. Der große Reichtum des Oboenrepertoires des 20. Jahrhunderts kommt hier zur Geltung, in bestechenden Dialogen zwischen Holliger und Klavier oder Harfe. Éventail folgt auf die Veröffentlichung von Heinz Holligers mehrfach preisgekrönter Oper Lunea aus dem Jahr 2022.
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October 2021, Radio Studio DRS, Zürich

  • 1Pièce en forme de Habanera
    (Maurice Ravel)
    03:08
  • Sonate, op. 166
    (Camille Saint-Saëns)
  • 2I. Andantino03:21
  • 3II. Allegretto05:39
  • 4III. Molto allegro02:48
  • 5Controversia
    (André Jolivet)
    11:41
  • 6Vocalise-Étude
    (Olivier Messiaen)
    03:45
  • 7Morceau de lecture
    (Olivier Messiaen)
    02:50
  • Deux mélodies hébraïques
    (Maurice Ravel)
  • 8Kaddisch04:55
  • 9Vocalise-Étude "Air", op. 105
    (Darius Milhaud)
    01:18
  • 10Syrinx
    (Claude Debussy)
    02:53
  • 11Le repos de Tityre, op. 216/10
    (Charles Koechlin)
    03:46
  • 12Chant pour les piroguiers de l'Orénoque
    (André Jolivet)
    02:43
  • 13Petite pièce
    (Claude Debussy)
    01:37
  • 14Le rossignol
    (Camille Saint-Saëns)
    03:18
  • Sonate, op. 23
    (Robert Casadesus)
  • 15I. Allegro molto moderato05:16
  • 16II. Tempo di sardana04:17
  • 17III. Allegro vivo05:44
Jetzt hat der 84-jährige Holliger bei ECM records noch einmal eine Platte aufgenommen, sie ist großartig. Wie  immer machter sich die Arbeit nicht leicht, er hat noch einmal tief in die Regale der Moderne gegriffen und Staunenswertes zutage befördert, etwa  die betörende Oboenfassung von Ravels ‘Pièce en forme de Habanera’, die reizende Sonate von Camille Saint-Saëns, so dann Erkundungen des Klangraums von André Jolivet, Olivier Messiaen (in einer umwerfenden Vocalise-Étude) und Darius Milhaud. Claude Debussys ursprünglich für Querflöte solo geschriebenes Meisterwerk ‘Syrinx’ taucht ebenfalls auf, schließlich die unbekannte, hinreißend ausdrucksvolle Sonate von Robert Casadesus.  Gemeinsam mit dem wunderbar diskreten Pianisten Anton Kernjak und der Harfenistin Alice Belogou gelingen Holliger famose Experimente zwischen Luft und Rohr, Mensch und Holz. Der Titel passt trefflich ,’Éventail’, zu deutsch: Fächer.
Wolfram Goertz, Rheinische Post
 
Dieser ‘Fächer’ präsentiert betörende Originalkompositionen und Bearbeitungen für Oboe und Klavier, allesamt meisterhaft umgesetzt. […] Die beiden profilierten Interpreten treffen genau die besondere Ästhetik, den Stil, die Atmosphäre, die Betriebstemperatur der unterschiedlichen Komponistenpersönlichkeiten. Das zieht einen unaufhörlich in seinen Bann.
Eckhard Weber, Concerti
“The closeness of the oboe to the human voice inspired my idea of opening up the richly coloured fan of French music through the still far too little known collection of Vocalises-Etudes, which was created at the instigation of Mme Hettich. It contains works by the most important French composers (including Fauré, Ravel, Poulenc, Honegger, Messiaen, Koechlin, Saint-Saëns, Milhaud) – "songs without words", in the truest sense.”             Heinz Holliger
 
In his Éventail de musique française, Swiss oboist and composer Heinz Holliger traverses a broad selection of French works for oboe and piano in a multichromatic programme of early 20th century music. Contained in this wide-ranging recital are compositions by Ravel, Debussy, Milhaud, Saint-Saëns, Casadesus as well as Koechlin, Jolivet and Messiaen – Holliger cultivated a personal relationship with several of the composers.
 
Heinz Holliger is once again joined by Austrian pianist Anton Kernjak, who also contributed to the 2014 recording Aschenmusik, and the duo navigates the different scores with equal technical finesse and emotive resolve, not least due to Holliger’s quite personal relationship to many of the compositions included in the recital.
 
Olivier Messiaen’s Vocalise Étude for instance, Holliger had initially played in the presence of the composer himself, leading to Messiaen incorporating the “almost forgotten” Vocalise in his final work Concert à quatre. André Jolivet, “the only important French composer influenced by Edgar Varèse”, as Holliger notes in his liner text, had even dedicated his piece Controversia to Heinz and Ursula Holliger. It is written for oboe and harp, on this album inviting the appearance of harpist Alice Belugou into the programme.
 
Elsewhere Holliger draws on broader inspirations and cross-references, juxtaposing Charles Koechlin’s Le repos de Tityre with Claude Debussy’s Syrinx. The latter, originally conveived for flute, Holliger performs on oboe d’amore, the popular baroque instrument rarely used in the late 19th and early 20th century. However, after Debussy’s Gigues Tristes, Koechlin was one of the first composers to reintroduce the instrument in his compositions.
 
Some of the pieces included here were not part of the original Vocalise-Étude cycle, but closely related to it, like Le rossignol by Camille Saint-Saëns, which is quoted in Saint-Saëns’s late oboe sonata. Darius Milhaud, a student of Koechlin’s, like his teacher wrote many works for the oboe repertoire, such as the Vocalise-Étude titled Air, which is exemplary of Milhaud’s polytonal language.
 
Ravel’s Pièce en forme de Habanera and Kaddish are also included in this recital, as is Debussy’s Petite pièce, here played on oboe d’amore, which, as Holliger puts it, “calls to mind the veiled tone of the clarinet.” The programme concludes with Robert Casadesus’s sonata op. 2, of which Heinz Holliger had been given the autograph copy by his teacher Émile Cassagnaud, which he then copied by hand.
 
Holliger: “My teacher had planned to record this sonata together with the composer; unfortunately, it never came to that. It is therefore all the more important for me to conclude my French recital with this work. The composer succeeds here in achieving an admirable tonal and structural balance of the two instruments, making it a great enrichment of the oboe repertoire! “
 
The album follows on the heels of Heinz Holliger’s multiple awards-winning large-scale opera Lunea, released in 2022.
 
The CD includes a booklet with liner notes by Heinz Holliger in German, French and English.
  
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Heinz Holliger has long been recognized as one of the world’s leading oboist, with countless works written for him, by composers including Luciano Berio, Elliott Carter, Olivier Messiaen and Karlheinz Stockhausen, as well as György Kurtág. His legacy of recordings is also prodigious, and includes a large number of previous ECM albums, in which he ranges from Bach to music of the present day. ECM has also been at the forefront in presenting his work as a composer, notably with award-winning recordings of his extraordinary operas, Schneewittchen, based on the Dramolett of Robert Wasler, and Lunea, which deals with the life of poet Nikolaus Lenau, as well as his Scardanelli-Zyklus, after Hölderlin.