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More Nonsense
Mátyás Seiber

Kilian Herold & Sarah Maria Sun

More Nonsense

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Format: CD
Label: CAvi
UPC: 4260085536023
Catnr: AVI 8553370
Release date: 02 June 2017
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Label
CAvi
UPC
4260085536023
Catalogue number
AVI 8553370
Release date
02 June 2017

"... in less than a minute, the listenergets sucked into an absurdistic fantasy world"

Luister, 03-11-2017
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About the album

Sources of inspiration in the chamber music
We already start to uncover a wide range of interpretations and perspectives when we attempt to summarize the life of composer Mátyás Seiber, for he is not easy to pin down. Was he a Hungarian composer of the early 20th-century Budapest school? A music entertainer on an ocean liner in the 1920s? Was he the first jazz professor in music history, with a chair in Frankfurt? Or was he more of a British artist – since in London, during and after the war, he also worked as a highly respected choir director and composition professor with an international network of contacts?

Mátyás Seiber was all of those. His music, especially his chamber music, displays that same great variety, sometimes in crazy, witty mixtures. This CD features several works where Seiber shone the musical spotlight on the clarinet and/or on the human voice.

We encounter something even more unexpected and daring in the combination of clarinet and voice in the Three Morgenstern Songs (1929), with texts just as “wacky” as the other ones on this CD. A knee wanders alone through the world: someone first had to come up with such a crazy idea, and Christian Morgenstern was known to have a vast, occasionally bizarre imagination. In Mátyás Seiber’s setting we can picture the knee dressed up in clarinet tones, bouncing around the soprano as she sings. In Morgenstern’s “Gallows Songs”, a collection of poems published in 1905, certain texts graphically fall apart on the page: at one point, the words disappear down a funnel (Trichter). How can one set such a text to music? Seiber’s answer: through movement. The graphic textual image of a funnel becomes a film soundtrack where the voice, the clarinet and the text spiral headlong into the funnel and fall out the other end.
Perhaps half a century had to pass for a new generation of open-minded musicians to unearth and rediscover all the humor, feeling and energy that this music still holds in store for us, with its fearless self-assurance and its healthy disregard for limitations of genre or national borders. Many of these pieces are thus recorded here as world premières. Seiber’s attitude was well ahead of its time and remains up-to-date, as necessary as ever. More nonsense, please! (Excerpt from the line notes by Lydia Jeschke)

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Sarah Maria Sun (soprano)

Sarah Maria Sun, soprano, has performed with conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle and Kent Nagano, and with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic, Ensemble Modern, the Ensemble Musikfabrik in Cologne, Ascolta, Les Percussions de Strasbourg, Ensemble Recherche, as well as the Arditti, Minguet, and Diotima string quartets. She has appeared as a guest with the Opéra Bastille in Paris, the Staatsoper in Berlin, and the opera houses in Düsseldorf, Leipzig, Frankfurt, Mannheim, and Stuttgart. From 2007 to 2014, she was the first soprano of the Neue Vocalsolisten in Stuttgart.
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Sarah Maria Sun, soprano, has performed with conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle and Kent Nagano, and with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic, Ensemble Modern, the Ensemble Musikfabrik in Cologne, Ascolta, Les Percussions de Strasbourg, Ensemble Recherche, as well as the Arditti, Minguet, and Diotima string quartets. She has appeared as a guest with the Opéra Bastille in Paris, the Staatsoper in Berlin, and the opera houses in Düsseldorf, Leipzig, Frankfurt, Mannheim, and Stuttgart. From 2007 to 2014, she was the first soprano of the Neue Vocalsolisten in Stuttgart.

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Kilian Herold (clarinet)

Widely known as a multifaceted chamber musician, a renowned clarinet soloist, and a high-profile orchestra musician, Kilian Herold is one of the most interesting and versatile clarinetists of his generation. After having held the post of Principal Clarinet at the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and the SWR Symphony Orchestra, he was appointed Clarinet Professor at Freiburg University of Music in 2016. Herold is frequently invited to guest with the Berlin Philharmonic and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and can be regularly seen and heard at a number of international chamber music and contemporary music festivals.
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Widely known as a multifaceted chamber musician, a renowned clarinet soloist, and a high-profile orchestra musician, Kilian Herold is one of the most interesting and versatile clarinetists of his generation.
After having held the post of Principal Clarinet at the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and the SWR Symphony Orchestra, he was appointed Clarinet Professor at Freiburg University of Music in 2016. Herold is frequently invited to guest with the Berlin Philharmonic and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and can be regularly seen and heard at a number of international chamber music and contemporary music festivals.


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... in less than a minute, the listenergets sucked into an absurdistic fantasy world
Luister, 03-11-2017

This is a delightful surprise and, although not the most serious of music, surely a recording you’ll want to have!
The Art Music Lounge, 10-7-2017

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01.
Divertimento for Clarinet and String Quartet (1928): Toccata
02:20
(Mátyás Seiber) Sarah Maria Sun, Kilian Herold
02.
Divertimento for Clarinet and String Quartet (1928): Variazioni Semplici
03:48
(Mátyás Seiber) Kilian Herold, Sarah Maria Sun
03.
Divertimento for Clarinet and String Quartet (1928): Scherzo
02:31
(Mátyás Seiber) Kilian Herold, Sarah Maria Sun
04.
Divertimento for Clarinet and String Quartet (1928): Recitativo
02:43
(Mátyás Seiber) Kilian Herold, Sarah Maria Sun
05.
Divertimento for Clarinet and String Quartet (1928): Finale
03:11
(Mátyás Seiber) Kilian Herold, Sarah Maria Sun
06.
Andantino Pastorale for Clarinet and Piano (1949)
03:17
(Mátyás Seiber) Kilian Herold, Sarah Maria Sun
07.
Drei Morgensternlieder (1929): Der Trichter
01:06
(Mátyás Seiber) Kilian Herold, Sarah Maria Sun
08.
Drei Morgensternlieder (1929): Das Knie
01:27
(Mátyás Seiber) Kilian Herold, Sarah Maria Sun
09.
Drei Morgensternlieder (1929): Das Naobem
02:00
(Mátyás Seiber) Kilian Herold, Sarah Maria Sun
10.
Introduction and Allegro for Clarinet, Cello and Piano
04:18
(Mátyás Seiber) Kilian Herold, Sarah Maria Sun
11.
The Owl and the Pussycat (1929)
05:17
(Mátyás Seiber) Kilian Herold, Sarah Maria Sun
12.
More Nonsense – Quintet (ca. 1946): More Nonsense I
00:58
(Mátyás Seiber) Kilian Herold, Sarah Maria Sun
13.
More Nonsense – Quintet (ca. 1946): More Nonsense II
00:38
(Mátyás Seiber) Kilian Herold, Sarah Maria Sun
14.
More Nonsense – Quintet (ca. 1946): More Nonsense III
01:40
(Mátyás Seiber) Kilian Herold, Sarah Maria Sun
15.
More Nonsense – Quintet (ca. 1946): More Nonsense IV
00:52
(Mátyás Seiber) Kilian Herold, Sarah Maria Sun
16.
Serenade for six wind instruments (1925): Allegro moderato
04:28
(Mátyás Seiber) Kilian Herold, Sarah Maria Sun
17.
Serenade for six wind instruments (1925): Lento
03:09
(Mátyás Seiber) Kilian Herold, Sarah Maria Sun
18.
Serenade for six wind instruments (1925): Allegro vivace
05:30
(Mátyás Seiber) Kilian Herold, Sarah Maria Sun
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