Musica Intima & Turning Point Ensemble | Thirst: Ana Sokolović and Julia Wolfe

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Thirst: Ana Sokolović and Julia Wolfe

by Musica Intima & Turning Point Ensemble

Acclaimed vocal ensemble, musica intima collaborate with the Turning Point Ensemble, directed by Owen Underhill, to perform dynamic contemporary chamber music repertoire composed by Ana Sokolović and Pulitzer Prize winner Julia Wolfe..
Genre: Classical: Contemporary
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  Song Share Time Download
1. ...And I Need a Room to Receive Five Thousand People With Raised Glasses... Or... What a Glorious Day / The Birds Are Singing / Halleluia...
Turning Point Ensemble
14:27 album only
2. Dring, Dring
Musica Intima
8:39 album only
3. Vez
Ariel Barnes
7:01 album only
4. Thirst
Musica Intima
26:13 album only
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Album Notes
The Thirst Project
Thirst brings together two innovative ensembles performing dynamic repertoire by two internationally acclaimed composers – Ana Sokolović from Montréal and Julia Wolfe from New York City. Uniting under a shared vision of championing preeminent composers and contemporary chamber music, musica intima and the Turning Point Ensemble join forces in this collaborative venture that merges their performance practices to highlight these exceptional works.

The juxtaposition and integration of vocal ensemble, instrumental ensemble and solo cello gives the recording a breadth of sound that is focussed by the distinctive approaches of the two composers. A diversity of sonorities is represented in three works by Ana Sokolović – Vez, a solo cello work from 2005 performed by the charismatic Ariel Barnes; Dring, dring, a playful a capella vocal work redesigned here especially for musica intima; and a new commission for the Turning Point Ensemble with the extraordinary title ...and I need a room to receive five thousand people with raised glasses…or…what a glorious day, the birds are singing « halleluia »…

The full realization of vocal and instrumental textures is revealed in the extended work, Thirst, by Julia Wolfe, a dramatic and intense meditation on water utilizing texts from the Old Testament prophet Isaiah. The two composers have strong individual identities and aesthetics which incorporate, and transcend their respective backgrounds and musical milieus. Julia Wolfe’s music uses repetition and varied influences to engage the listener and create a depth of expression that is spellbinding. Ana Sokolović combines the musical traditions of her Serbian heritage with her twenty-five year experience in the rich Montreal new music culture, producing a flexible and varied musical language that addresses universal issues and themes. Both are accomplished and distinctive composers with impressive bodies of work.



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