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REIMANN: Zyklus / Kumi Ori / Die Pole sind in uns

Composer(s):Reimann, Aribert
Period(s) Contemporary
Genre Classical Music
Category Vocal
Catalogue 8.570199
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Among the German composers who came to prominence during the 1960s, Aribert Reimann occupies a special place both as a composer and as the piano accompanist of well-known singers including Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. His predilection for vocal music, with the poetry of Paul Celan as his most frequent source of inspiration, takes the form of Lieder or pieces with orchestra. Zyklus employs an orchestra rich in woodwind and brass, but without violins and with a prominent rôle for percussion. Kumi Ori is a forceful yet understated setting of the poem Du sei wie Du, immer, which ends with the (Hebrew) words of Isaiah ‘kumi ori’ (arise and shine). Similar in expression but even more austere in character, Die Pole sind in uns, for voice and piano, opens



Review By David Denton,Naxos,October 2007

Aribert Reimann was born in Berlin in 1936, and studied composition with Boris Blacher at the city's Hochschule fur Musik. It was an accompanist that Reimann made an early career working with the great names that including Fischer-Dieskau, Brigitte Fassbaender, Ernst Haefliger, and more recently Christine Schafer. It is the relationship with singers that has shaped much of his output as a composer, all three works on this disc featuring the baritone voice. They are settings of words by Paul Celan, a poet born in Czernowitz (now part Romania), but who fled to Paris via Vienna with the onset of Communism in his homeland. His poems are mainly in a non-logical language, sounds of words creating visual images. The two met in Paris in 1957, and it was in those word sounds that Reimann



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