Czernowin: The Quiet - Works For Orchestra
In The Quiet and Zohar Iver, Chaya Czernowin reached a turning point: a new orientation which continued in works such as Esh, At the Fringe of Our Gaze, and White Wind Waiting. “As I was writing The Quiet, I was conscious that I had already been wishing for this change for ten years. In retrospect, I see all these orchestral works as a kind of corridor through which I arrived at a new path.” - Chaya Czernowin This “new path” marked Czernowin’s shift toward a musical language in which space and gesture became the focus of compositional interest, as did the discovery of processes for musical movement and an accompanying change in perspective. The Quiet, Zohar Iver, and Esh form a group of works which Chaya Czernowin calls “The Crescendo Trilogy”, because in all three pieces different kinds of crescendos play a central role: in The Quiet, an exponential increase in volume ends the piece, while in Zohar Iver, the crescendo is interrupted with the entrance of the pedal point before the end. At the Fringe of Our Gaze, for orchestra and a concertino group, was written in response to a commission from Daniel Barenboim’s West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. It is music consisting of highly differentiated layers of sound, which rise from the depths and ascend to the highest heights. As diverse as Chaya Czernowin’s individual creative phases are, there has always been in her musical language a distinctive way of working with the characteristics of individual sounds, developed with the most refined rhythmic, coloristic, and sound nuances; there is also a deliberate search for emotional extremes, which always give the pieces a physical and existential power.
Catalog Number: WER73192
Composer: Chaya Czernowin
Conductor: Brad Lubman, Daniel Barenboim, Evan Christ, François-Xavier Roth, Mario Venzago
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Bern Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Nikel, Philharmonisches Orchester Des Staatstheaters Cottbus, Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra, West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
Performer: Stephan Schmidt