Sheila Arnold

Ecoutez!

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Label: CAvi
UPC: 4260085532575
Catnr: AVI 8553257
Release date: 01 June 2018
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CAvi
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AVI 8553257
Release date
01 June 2018

"Pianist Sheila Arnold plays on her new Avi Music CD, "Ecoutez!", Work by Debussy, Cage and Takemitsu. A revelation!"

Stretto, 03-6-2018
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About the album

Claude Debussy left a profound mark on music history when he dissolved functional harmony under the influence of the music of the Far East.

Tōru Takemitsu had to distance himself from his own culture in order to listen to Japanese music with the ears of a Western-trained musician – adopting, for instance, the approach of John Cage. He came to realize that Japan’s venerable musical tradition had long been highlighting individual notes as complex sonorities in their own right, instead of treating them as part of a series of several notes.

From the human need for sound as well as silence, John Cage drew the most extreme conclusions. The concept of a “beautiful” sound was never static in music history: it has changed over the centuries, and it differs from one culture to another. Western musical aesthetics tend to differentiate between “noises” and “notes”: the latter feature well-ordered harmonics. The concept of “dissonance” has also changed throughout different musical periods. What is more, musicians and their audiences have always felt the need to “savor” a dissonance – to listen to it consciously, to experience it – before it is resolved.

On the other hand, time plays a truly fundamental role in how a work is conceived and structured, and each individual listener experiences musical time in a different way. Ideally, the performer and the listener share the same time system: they enjoy passages in a similar way, they hear a piece with the same depth of focus. Music resonates inside the instrument, in our bodies, in the space that surrounds us. Each note is in motion. When several notes vibrate simultaneously, they make up an ocean of concomitant vibrations. If we add the sounds and noises from our surroundings, then we are dealing with an incredible concentration of sonic events within a very short period of time.

What happens then?

We become more aware of the way we perceive things. If we are lucky, this kind of conscious musical listening starts to affect how we pay attention to other people, whether they are speaking or not. And lending an ear to one another has become more necessary than ever. Wouldn’t you agree? - Sheila Arnold


Artist(s)

Sheila Arnold (piano)

Sheila Arnold belongs to a new generation of pianists who feel as much at home on the modern concert grand as on the fortepiano: the symbiotic feedback between the two instruments never ceases to inspire her. Her repertoire spans keyboard music ranging from the 1700’s to world premieres of contemporary music. Very early on, her triumph as a finalist at the Clara Haskil Competition in 1995 and the Mozart Prize awarded by the Wiesbaden Mozart Society at the Salzburg International Mozart Competition reflect her special affinity with that composer: Sheila Arnold’s Mozart renditions have always been euphorically acclaimed by reviewers and audiences worldwide. Ms. Arnold studied under the guidance of Heidi Köhler and Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, and went on to garner a considerable...
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Sheila Arnold belongs to a new generation of pianists who feel as much at home on the modern concert grand as on the fortepiano: the symbiotic feedback between the two instruments never ceases to inspire her. Her repertoire spans keyboard music ranging from the 1700’s to world premieres of contemporary music.

Very early on, her triumph as a finalist at the Clara Haskil Competition in 1995 and the Mozart Prize awarded by the Wiesbaden Mozart Society at the Salzburg International Mozart Competition reflect her special affinity with that composer: Sheila Arnold’s Mozart renditions have always been euphorically acclaimed by reviewers and audiences worldwide.

Ms. Arnold studied under the guidance of Heidi Köhler and Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, and went on to garner a considerable number of first prizes and successes at German and international competitions. She was also selected for a series of scholarships and awards, leading to extensive worldwide appearances since her youth. Many of them were recorded for radio and television broadcast, as well as on CD.

Renowned music festivals have invited Ms. Arnold to perform in Europe and the US. She has collaborated with well-known orchestras such as Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of Bonn Beethovenhalle and Prague Chamber Orchestra, and with conductors such as Jesús López-Cobos, Marc Soustrot, and Michael Hofstetter. Her chamber music partners include the likes of Nina Janssen, Sergio Azzolini, Wilhelm Bruns, Ralf Manno, Guido Schiefen, Michael Faust, Isabelle Faust, Alexander-Sergei Ramírez, the Mandelring Quartet, and many others. Inspiring encounters and collaborations with renowned musician colleagues have taken place at the Spannungen Chamber Music Festival (Heimbach), and at the Music Festival in Hambach (Neustadt). Sheila Arnold’s CD with works by Brahms and Schumann was released in 2010 and featured as a CHOC selection in Classica, the French classical music magazine. In 2006 Ms. Arnold was appointed piano professor at Cologne Musikhochschule; she is also frequently invited to give international masterclasses.


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Composer(s)

Claude Debussy

Claude Debussy was a French composer. He and Maurice Ravel were the most prominent figures associated with impressionist music, though Debussy disliked the term when applied to his compositions. He was made Chevalier of the Legion of Honour in 1903. He was among the most influential composers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and his use of non-traditional scales and chromaticism influenced many composers who followed. Debussy's music is noted for its sensory content and frequent usage of non-traditional tonalities. The prominent French literary style of his period was known as Symbolism, and this movement directly inspired Debussy both as a composer and as an active cultural participant Among his most famous works are his Clair de Lune, his Three Nocturnes...
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Claude Debussy was a French composer. He and Maurice Ravel were the most prominent figures associated with impressionist music, though Debussy disliked the term when applied to his compositions. He was made Chevalier of the Legion of Honour in 1903. He was among the most influential composers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and his use of non-traditional scales and chromaticism influenced many composers who followed.
Debussy's music is noted for its sensory content and frequent usage of non-traditional tonalities. The prominent French literary style of his period was known as Symbolism, and this movement directly inspired Debussy both as a composer and as an active cultural participant Among his most famous works are his Clair de Lune, his Three Nocturnes and his orchestral piece La Mer.


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John Cage

John Cage was an American composer and music theorist. He was a pioneer in the implementation of indeterminacy in music, as well as in his use of non-standard musical instruments and electroacoustic ways of generating sound. He was one of the leading composers of the 20th century and propelled the post war avant-garde movement.  His teachers included Henry Cowell and Arnold Schoenberg, both known for their radical innovations in music, but Cage's major influences lay in various East and South Asian cultures. Through his studies of Indian philosophy and Zen Buddhism in the late 1940s, Cage came to the idea of aleatoric or chance-controlled music, which he started composing in 1951. Cage is perhaps best known composition 4′33″ (1952), which is performed in the...
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John Cage was an American composer and music theorist. He was a pioneer in the implementation of indeterminacy in music, as well as in his use of non-standard musical instruments and electroacoustic ways of generating sound. He was one of the leading composers of the 20th century and propelled the post war avant-garde movement. His teachers included Henry Cowell and Arnold Schoenberg, both known for their radical innovations in music, but Cage's major influences lay in various East and South Asian cultures. Through his studies of Indian philosophy and Zen Buddhism in the late 1940s, Cage came to the idea of aleatoric or chance-controlled music, which he started composing in 1951.
Cage is perhaps best known composition 4′33″ (1952), which is performed in the absence of deliberate sound; musicians who present the work do nothing aside from being present for the duration specified by the title. The content of the composition is not "four minutes and 33 seconds of silence," as is often assumed, but rather the sounds of the environment heard by the audience during performance. The work's challenge to assumed definitions about musicianship and musical experience made it a popular and controversial topic both in musicology and the broader aesthetics of art and performance. Cage was also a pioneer of the prepared piano (a piano with its sound altered by objects placed between or on its strings or hammers), for which he wrote numerous dance-related works and a few concert pieces.
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Pianist Sheila Arnold plays on her new Avi Music CD, "Ecoutez!", Work by Debussy, Cage and Takemitsu. A revelation!
Stretto, 03-6-2018

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01.
Images Book I L. 110 (1904/05): No. 1 Reflets dans l?eau
06:29
02.
Images Book I L. 110 (1904/05): No. 2 Hommage à Rameau
07:05
03.
Images Book I L. 110 (1904/05): No. 3 Movement
03:18
04.
Piano Distance (1961)
05:22
05.
Préludes Book II L. 123 (1910) 5 : No. 4 Les Fées sont d?exquises danseuses
03:41
06.
Sonatas and Interludes für präpariertes Klavier / for prepared Piano (1946-48): Sonata VIII
03:10
07.
Sonatas and Interludes für präpariertes Klavier / for prepared Piano (1946-48): Sonata II
02:06
08.
Sonatas and Interludes für präpariertes Klavier / for prepared Piano (1946-48): Sonata VI
02:22
09.
Sonatas and Interludes für präpariertes Klavier / for prepared Piano (1946-48): Sonata VII
02:52
10.
Sonatas and Interludes für präpariertes Klavier / for prepared Piano (1946-48): Sonata V
01:41
11.
La Pause Ininterrompue / Uninterrupted rests (1952-1960) D?après un poème de SHUZO TAKIGUCHI: Quietly and with a cruel reverberation 0
03:45
12.
Préludes Book I L. 117 (1909): No. 1 Danseuses de Delphes
03:11
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Préludes Book I L. 117 (1909): No. 2 Voiles
04:04
14.
Préludes Book I L. 117 (1909): No. 3 Le Vent dans la plaine
02:12
15.
La Pause Ininterrompue / Uninterrupted rests D?après un poème de SHUZO TAKIGUCHI: Slowly, sadly and as if to converse with
02:17
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Préludes Book I L. 117: No. 7 Ce qu?a vu le vent d?Ouest
03:38
17.
Préludes Book II L. 123: No. 10 Canope
03:15
18.
La Pause Ininterrompue / Uninterrupted rests D?après un poème de SHUZO TAKIGUCHI: A song of love
01:20
19.
Sonatas and Interludes für präpariertes Klavier / for prepared Piano: Third Interlude
03:01
20.
Preludes Book II L. 123: No. 12 Feux d?artifice
05:06
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