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Holszky: Gemalde Eines Erschlagenen

Magazine article Gramophone

Holszky: Gemalde Eines Erschlagenen

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Holszky Gemalde eines Erschlagenen (a). On the Other Side (b). Damonen (c). Formicarium (d). Jagt die Wolfe zuruck (e) (b) Michael Riessler cl (b) Howard Levy harm (b) Jean-Louis Matinier acco (e) Percusemble Berlin / Edgar Guggeis; Bavarian Radio Symphony (acd) Chorus and (bc) Orchestra / (c) Martyn Brabbins, (d) Florian Helgath, (a) Gustaf Sjokvist, (b) Lucas Vis

NEOS [F] NEOS11219 (68' * DDD) Recorded live, 2002-10

Adriana Holszky, born in Bucharest in 1953, was a pupil of Stefan Niculescu, the Romanian composer renowned for strips of melody that he completely immersed inside mirror images of themselves, and the surround-sound physicality of the teacher has clearly rubbed off on the pupil. Holszky's choral piece Gemalde eines Erschlagenen (1993) is a setting of a poem by the Romantic poet Jakob Michael Reinhold Lenz. An ill-fated individual is murdered in a forest and we're plunged into his unfolding crisis--cries, screams and whispers finding harmonic voice. The forest, in German Romantic mythology, indeed resonates as a dark place.

Holszky is a favourite composer at the Musica Viva seasons of concerts and these five pieces were recorded live in Munich between 2002 and 2010; the recordings are unapologetically live and the vivid performances suggest that musicians relish responding to Holszky's big asks. …

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