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J Anderson: In Lieblicher Blaue

Magazine article Gramophone

J Anderson: In Lieblicher Blaue

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J Anderson

In lieblicher Blaue (a). Alleluia (b).

The Stations of the Sun (c)

(a) Carolin Wldmann vn London Philharmonic (b) Choir and Orchestra / Vladimir Jurowski LPO (M) LP00089 (54' * DDD * T/t)

Recorded live at the Royal Festival Hall, London, (c) December 7, 2013, (b) March 1.2014, (a) March 14, 2015

This is the fourth disc to be devoted exclusively to the music of Julian Anderson and the second such venture on the LPO's own label, reflecting his stint as Composer in Residence with the orchestra, 2010-14. Intriguing as it is, I'm not sure newcomers would be best advised to start with In lieblicher Blaue (2014-15), which contains some spatial and symbolic elements not readily perceptible in audio format. Carolin Widmann's physical location and posture change throughout. At one point a vaguely Schnittke-like gesture requires the soloist to lay down the bow and play using a pencil. While the composer's lucid explanatory note survives inept editing, those familiar with Friedrich Holderlin's late prose-poem may have a head start in appreciating music at once lyrical and beautifully voiced but elusive by design in its troubled search for identity. …

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