Ulrich Hermann, Kensuke Ohira – Unio mystica (2022)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 01:08:56 minutes | 2,38 GB | Genre: Classical
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For every musician connected with church music, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio is a highlight of the liturgical year, and it was at a performance of this very work that we first met. Playing together in the continuo unit requires a seventh sense for one’s fellow musicians and a heightened awareness of the musical breath of the soloists. In short, it requires non-verbal communication. The feeling of being able to rely on each other, and the perfect rapport in our musical understanding, kindled our desire to record a completely novel kind of music album.In our search for suitable music for bassoon and the Mühleisen organ in Stuttgart’s Collegiate Church (Stiftskirche), our attention initially fell on three Romantic pieces by Carl Maria von Weber, Camille Saint-Saëns and Gabriel Fauré. Soon they were joined by a piece for unaccompanied bassoon, another for organ, and several 20th-century compositions by Charles Koechlin, Alexandre Tansmann and Nino Rota. The upshot of our musical dialogue was a multi-layered panorama of melodies, rhythms and sounds, to which we now wish to treat our listeners.
It is an existential experience that music can express things incapable of being captured in words. This experience, and the conscious realization of the natural oneness of music and humanity, are moulded into a unified whole in ensemble music-making. It was these factors that led us to choose the title of our album: Unio mystica.
01. Ulrich Hermann & Kensuke Ohira – Saint-Saëns: Sonate für Fagott G-Dur, op. 168 (13:53)
02. Ulrich Hermann & Kensuke Ohira – Fauré: Elegie, op. 24 (05:58)
03. Ulrich Hermann & Kensuke Ohira – Koechlin: Drei Stücke. Lent, op. 34 Nr. 1 (04:45)
04. Ulrich Hermann & Kensuke Ohira – Koechlin: Drei Stücke. Andante moderato, op. 34 Nr. 2 (02:18)
05. Ulrich Hermann & Kensuke Ohira – Koechlin: Drei Stücke. Andante sostenuto, op. 34 Nr. 3 (03:14)
06. Ulrich Hermann & Kensuke Ohira – Tansman: Sonatine. I. Allegro con moto ̶ II. Aria. Largo cantabile ̶ III. Scherzo. Molto vivace (08:26)
07. Ulrich Hermann & Kensuke Ohira – Saint-Saëns: Der Schwan aus „Der Karneval der Tiere“ (02:44)
08. Ulrich Hermann & Kensuke Ohira – Rota: Toccata (04:58)
09. Ulrich Hermann & Kensuke Ohira – Rossini: Offertorium. Prélude religieux aus der „Petite Messe solennelle“ (08:02)
10. Ulrich Hermann & Kensuke Ohira – von Weber: Andante e Rondo Ungarese, op. 35 (10:34)
11. Ulrich Hermann & Kensuke Ohira – Cohn: Hebraic Study (04:04)