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Bolette Roed on her recorder by Fred Morgan

Årstiderne pulserer heftigt

Seduced by the opulence of the sound, Pizzicato FR

anmeld9Helt fra starten bliver vi forført af lydens storhed, som reflekterer en generøsitet og et livligt spil med fortolkninger, som fanger lytteren fra det første track. Til trods for deres lille besætning, skaber Arte dei Suonatori, en fed, kropslig og næsten orkestral lyd, som står i kontrast til de spinkle og nogle gange skrøbeligt vævede lyde vi så ofte hører i disse dage.
Og – denne kroplige store lyd er på ingen måde synonym med tunghed eller træghed.

De melodiske linier bliver tydeligt tegnet, Arte dei Suonatori, forfører endnu engang lytteren med en levende fortolkning med skarpt, opmærksomt og fleksibelt spil.  En klart kontrolleret veltalenhed, som udelukker enhver sludren… Denne produktion kaster et klart lys på en del af historien, som ofte er mindre kendt, men som ikke desto mindre er af meget stor værdi og bestemt al opmærksomheden værd.

Erobret af en skæv trio, Klassisk 01.02.2014 *****

r8Klassisk, 01.02.2014, Jens Cornelius

Erobret af en skæv trio *****

Alpha: Through the Looking Glass. Dacapo 8.226579

Trioen Alpha har på trods af sin sære instrumentkombination en markant tro på sig selv. Og der er da heller ingen grund til at køre med foden på bremsen, når man kan så meget som disse tre tæt sammenspillede musikere. Det har ført trioen frem til et cd-projekt, jeg egentlig aldrig har set magen til: personlige arrangementer af nulevende komponisters musik – som om ophavsmændene ikke selv skulle vide, hvordan musikken bør lyde! Det er næsten flabet gjort, men også sjovt og kærligt.

Det gælder fire af de kendteste danske komponister: Per Nørgård, Hans Abrahamsen, Poul Ruders og Bent Sørensen. Ruders’ brillante “Star Prelude” er en skøn indledning, hvor slagtøj og blokfløjte blander sig, så øret har svært ved at opfatte, hvor mange stemmer, der er i gang. Også et af stykkerne fra Hans Abrahamsens lange værk “Schnee” fungerer fremragende som minimalmusik med de to umage blæserinstrumenters tørre, spyttende lyde i særpræget kontrapunkt.

Generelt virker de hurtigt pulserende stykker bedst (Ruders’ funky “Carnival” er et andet eksempel), mens de langsomme og mere æteriske stykker har sværere ved at holde sig klangligt oppe på grund af instrumenternes karakter. Per Nørgårds “Heyday’s Night” og Bent Sørensens “Looking on Darkness” klinger temmelig tørt.

Albummets titel “Through the Looking Glass” er taget fra efterfølgeren til Lewis Carrolls “Alice i Eventyrland”. Det er en god overskrift. Musikerne holder værkerne op foran et spejl og genfinder dem i en anden dimension. Man hører ikke fire danske komponister, men otte stykker Alpha, hvor musikken udspringer af trioens specielle klangverden og kollektive leg. Det er idéen om de udøvendes medskabende fortolkning kørt meget langt ud, og paradoksalt føler man ikke noget særligt behov for at høre værkerne i originalversionerne. Alpha har som et rummonster overtaget deres kroppe.

Lovingly crafted arrangements

The Classical Reveiwer, January 12, 2014

Lovingly crafted arrangements and performances from recorder, saxophone and percussion trio, Alpha on a new release from Dacapo of music by Poul Ruders, Per Nørgård, Hans Abrahamsen and Bent Sørensen…

In the first part of Poul Ruders’ Star Prelude and Love Fugue (1990) arr. Alpha, the Prelude has a repeated percussion motif before the recorder slowly joins, followed by the saxophone in this unashamedly minimalist piece. As it builds, crashing percussion point up the drama and texture so that there is no lack of interest. The saxophone opens Love Fugue, soon joined by percussion with the recorder subtly adding to the sound. This is a rhythmic piece, quiet raunchy at times and full of interest.

These players bring a strange but intoxicating combination to these cleverly arranged pieces.

Per Nørgård’s Heyday’s Night (1981, rev.1982) arr. Alpha opens with xylophone and saxophone before the recorder soon joins in this rhythmically shifting piece where the harmony between the recorder and saxophone is really attractive. Both Bolette Roed and Peter Navarro-Alonso produce some great textures with brilliant percussion playing from David Hildebrandt. This is a highly attractive work from a composer that can always be relied on to produce a work of substance and interest. As the music progresses there are lovely sonorities and a riotous coda in this finely arranged work.

Hans Abrahamsen’s – Flowersongs (1973) arr. Alpha also opens with a repeated motif for the players featuring xylophone, with the recorder and saxophone, before a flourish from them that builds to a pitch, higher and higher, as though depicting birds. Suddenly the music drops to a Japanese style repeated motif that is allowed to develop, albeit slowly. There are subtle rhythmic variations and development of texture. A sudden outburst on the saxophone and recorder heralds a descending theme before a passage with strange percussion sounds with recorder and saxophone in a rather static, mesmeric passage. The music becomes rather spiky and abrasive towards the end with a rising motif and sharp penetrating sounds that lead to a sudden end.

This is a fascinating work, brilliantly played.

Hans Abrahamsen – Schnee, Canon 2A: Lustig Spielend, aber nicht zu lustig, immer ein bißchen melancholisch (2008) arr. Alpha has a rhythmic opening with recorder and hand drums creating some unusual sounds. Short saxophone interventions subtly appear in the texture as the motif is repeated with breathy staccato notes. The rhythms vary occasionally, but a repetitive nature is continued, interrupted by the occasional quiet, short interlude. Several whistle blows occur part way through but the repetitive rhythms continue to the end. I am not sure that the subtle shifts of colour and rhythm are enough to lift this music from its merely repetitive nature.

Recorder and saxophone open Bent Sørensen’s Looking on Darkness (2000) arr. Peter Navarro-Alonso in a bright flowing theme that dances around before changing to a slower section when the vibraphone enters in a haunting passage with strange sounds form the recorder and saxophone. Brief outbursts, rich and ripe sounding, from the saxophone occur as the music tends towards a jazzy nature with xylophone and vibraphone adding a texture. A quiet section for recorder and saxophone has mournful theme before a livelier section arrives that peters out to end.

Poul Ruders’ Carnival (1980) arr. Alpha has a rhythmic opening with strange saxophone sounds using staccato breaths with percussion, then sharp recorder notes in this oddly chugging music that in a way creates the sound and hissing of a steam locomotive. There are some amazing effects from both wind instruments with occasional rhythmic changes, though the basic rhythm returns before a strange hushed coda.

Alpha return to Per Nørgård to end this disc with his Isternia (1979) arr. Peter Navarro-Alonso. It opens quietly with marimba before the saxophone enters in a lovely melody. The recorder joins in this haunting theme, slightly oriental in flavour. There are some lovely delicate percussion sounds before the music livens up in a rhythmic, jazzy section before slowing and returning to quieter music.

This is an intoxicating and enchanting piece in this arrangement by Alpha member Peter Navarro-Alonso.

I’d love to hear these players live. Peter Navarro-Alonso and Alpha should be applauded for these lovingly crafted arrangements and performances that are nicely recorded. The booklet notes are a little brief but this is an engaging release.

Med håndbremsen sluppet, Jyllandsposten *****

Med håndbremsen sluppet

***** Jyllandsposten, 22. december 2013, Jens Povlsen

Abrahamsen, Sørensen, Nørgård, Ruders: “Through the Looking Glass” Alpha

Dacapo 8.226579

Et er spydigt, et andet kigger stjerner, andre er luftige, og nogle er hypnotiske. Der er ingen vej udenom, man kommer hele viften af udtryk igennem på den danske trio Alphas nyeste album, hvor trioen spejler sig i værker fra fire danske komponister, bearbejder dem og effektivt får sat dem ind i deres eget potente lydbillede. Det er ambitiøst, men udført med stor kærlighed til komponisternes oprindelige værker. Og med håndbremsen sluppet lykkes det til fulde Alpha at forføre ørerne med en eminet opvisning i vedkommende samtidsmusik.