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Richard Ayres: Nos. 31 "NONcerto for Trumpet", 36 "NONcerto for Horn" & No. 37b

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There is something very Monty Pythonesque about the music of British composer Richard Ayres (born in 1965) in the outrageous level of its surreal non sequiturism; if Messrs. Gilliam, Idle, Cleese, et al., had been composers, this might well be what their music would have sounded like. The three manically disjunct works recorded here, written between 1997 and 2006, are characterized by a strict avoidance of traditional principles of logic or coherent musical development, except in the cases where those principles are employed only to be slyly subverted (for example, in the first movement of the NONcerto for horn, in which the soloist is required to run back and forth across the stage, mounting ramps that are supposed to simulate the Alps, to create the effect of horn calls echoing between distant peaks). Ayres cites Schnittke and Janácek as inspirations, and it's possible to hear the influence of Schnittke's polystylism, but executed with an acute sense of the ridiculous not usually associated with the Russian composer. It's also easy to detect the sound of Janácek's quirky late Romanticism. An associate once angrily denounced Ayres for writing "rhapsodic" music as if that were an inherently bad thing, but Ayres' music, in fact, in spite of being fragmented by absurd disjunctions, is full of rhapsodically beautiful moments in the conventional sense of sweeping Romantic lyricism. A question that his music reportedly frequently elicits is, "But is it supposed to be taken seriously?" The answer is the listener's court; it's not "normal" for the silly and the beautiful to be thrown together with such apparently inchoate abandon, but ultimately, for listeners who can let go of conventional expectations, Ayres' music can be exhilarating, even thrilling, in its promiscuous embrace of wild hilarity and ravishing lyricism. Roland Kluttig leads three excellent ensembles -- Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, ASKO Ensemble, and musikFabrik -- in exuberant, off-the-wall performances. Strongly recommended for fans of new music that offers Something Completely Different.
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Radio-Sinfonie-Orchester Frankfurt

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No. 37b (Richard Ayres)

1
I. Alfred Wallis (in paradise) observes Saint Joseph (the carpenter) at work and at leisure
Radio-Sinfonie-Orchester Frankfurt
00:07:34

Radio-Sinfonie-Orchester Frankfurt, Orchestra, MainArtist - Roland Kluttig, Conductor - Richard Ayres, Composer

(C) 2012 NMC Recordings (P) 2012 NMC Recordings

2
II. Sjonnie Kurzak (a broken soul) ascends
Radio-Sinfonie-Orchester Frankfurt
00:04:08

Radio-Sinfonie-Orchester Frankfurt, Orchestra, MainArtist - Roland Kluttig, Conductor - Richard Ayres, Composer

(C) 2012 NMC Recordings (P) 2012 NMC Recordings

3
III. … but when Gippy Dixon opened his eyes, the procession was still continuing …
Radio-Sinfonie-Orchester Frankfurt
00:04:08

Radio-Sinfonie-Orchester Frankfurt, Orchestra, MainArtist - Roland Kluttig, Conductor - Richard Ayres, Composer

(C) 2012 NMC Recordings (P) 2012 NMC Recordings

4
IV. Exit
Radio-Sinfonie-Orchester Frankfurt
00:07:10

Radio-Sinfonie-Orchester Frankfurt, Orchestra, MainArtist - Roland Kluttig, Conductor - Richard Ayres, Composer

(C) 2012 NMC Recordings (P) 2012 NMC Recordings

No. 36 "NONcerto for Horn" Pt. 1 "Valentine Tregashian Dreams" (Richard Ayres)

5
I. Valentine Tregashian dreams … of the Swiss Girl
Wim Timmermans
00:06:02

Asko Ensemble, Orchestra - Wim Timmermans, Artist, MainArtist - Roland Kluttig, Conductor - Richard Ayres, Composer

(C) 2012 NMC Recordings (P) 2012 NMC Recordings

No. 36 "NONcerto for Horn" Pt. 2 "Valentine Tregashian Dreams" (Richard Ayres)

6
II. Valentine Tregashian dreams … of Jan Snaegl and the Pearly Gates
Wim Timmermans
00:05:36

Asko Ensemble, Orchestra - Wim Timmermans, Artist, MainArtist - Roland Kluttig, Conductor - Richard Ayres, Composer

(C) 2012 NMC Recordings (P) 2012 NMC Recordings

No. 36 "NONcerto for Horn" Pt. 3 "Anna Filipiova Goes on a Journey" (Richard Ayres)

7
III. Anna Filipiova goes on a journey: Anna Filipiova has disappeared
Hans Woudenberg
00:01:32

Hans Woudenberg, Artist, MainArtist - Richard Ayres, Composer

(C) 2012 NMC Recordings (P) 2012 NMC Recordings

8
III. Anna Filipiova goes on a journey: a cloud machine casts shadows across the landscape
Wim Timmermans
00:03:24

Asko Ensemble, Orchestra - Wim Timmermans, Artist, MainArtist - Roland Kluttig, Conductor - Richard Ayres, Composer

(C) 2012 NMC Recordings (P) 2012 NMC Recordings

9
III. Anna Filipiova goes on a journey: Anna Filipiova sees her mother and old friends in the distance
Wim Timmermans
00:00:21

Asko Ensemble, Orchestra - Wim Timmermans, Artist, MainArtist - Roland Kluttig, Conductor - Richard Ayres, Composer

(C) 2012 NMC Recordings (P) 2012 NMC Recordings

10
III. Anna Filipiova goes on a journey: Anna Filipiova is joined by her grandmother
Wim Timmermans
00:00:30

Asko Ensemble, Orchestra - Wim Timmermans, Artist, MainArtist - Roland Kluttig, Conductor - Richard Ayres, Composer

(C) 2012 NMC Recordings (P) 2012 NMC Recordings

11
III. Anna Filipiova goes on a journey: they all move slowly towards a bright light
Wim Timmermans
00:00:49

Asko Ensemble, Orchestra - Wim Timmermans, Artist, MainArtist - Roland Kluttig, Conductor - Richard Ayres, Composer

(C) 2012 NMC Recordings (P) 2012 NMC Recordings

12
III. Anna Filipiova goes on a journey: as they approach Anna Filipiova feels warmth on her face
Wim Timmermans
00:00:43

Asko Ensemble, Orchestra - Wim Timmermans, Artist, MainArtist - Roland Kluttig, Conductor - Richard Ayres, Composer

(C) 2012 NMC Recordings (P) 2012 NMC Recordings

13
III. Anna Filipiova goes on a journey: they all stop and drink tea
Wim Timmermans
00:00:23

Asko Ensemble, Orchestra - Wim Timmermans, Artist, MainArtist - Roland Kluttig, Conductor - Richard Ayres, Composer

(C) 2012 NMC Recordings (P) 2012 NMC Recordings

14
III. Anna Filipiova goes on a journey: they dance gaily
Wim Timmermans
00:01:03

Asko Ensemble, Orchestra - Wim Timmermans, Artist, MainArtist - Roland Kluttig, Conductor - Richard Ayres, Composer

(C) 2012 NMC Recordings (P) 2012 NMC Recordings

15
III. Anna Filipiova goes on a journey: one by one her friends take their leave
Wim Timmermans
00:00:29

Asko Ensemble, Orchestra - Wim Timmermans, Artist, MainArtist - Roland Kluttig, Conductor - Richard Ayres, Composer

(C) 2012 NMC Recordings (P) 2012 NMC Recordings

16
III. Anna Filipiova goes on a journey: Anna Filipiova feels peaceful, her surroundings slowly begin to fade away …
Wim Timmermans
00:00:51

Asko Ensemble, Orchestra - Wim Timmermans, Artist, MainArtist - Roland Kluttig, Conductor - Richard Ayres, Composer

(C) 2012 NMC Recordings (P) 2012 NMC Recordings

17
III. Anna Filipiova goes on a journey: … and gently disappear
Wim Timmermans
00:00:09

Asko Ensemble, Orchestra - Wim Timmermans, Artist, MainArtist - Roland Kluttig, Conductor - Richard Ayres, Composer

(C) 2012 NMC Recordings (P) 2012 NMC Recordings

No. 31 "NONcerto for Trumpet" (Richard Ayres)

18
I. Burlesque (with long scale)
Marco Blaauw
00:05:37

MusikFabrik, Ensemble - Roland Kluttig, Conductor - Marco Blaauw, Artist, MainArtist - Richard Ayres, Composer

(C) 2012 NMC Recordings (P) 2012 NMC Recordings

19
II. Elegy for Alfred Schnittke
Marco Blaauw
00:04:26

MusikFabrik, Ensemble - Roland Kluttig, Conductor - Marco Blaauw, Artist, MainArtist - Richard Ayres, Composer

(C) 2012 NMC Recordings (P) 2012 NMC Recordings

20
III. Rhapsody
Marco Blaauw
00:08:34

MusikFabrik, Ensemble - Roland Kluttig, Conductor - Marco Blaauw, Artist, MainArtist - Richard Ayres, Composer

(C) 2012 NMC Recordings (P) 2012 NMC Recordings

Album Description

There is something very Monty Pythonesque about the music of British composer Richard Ayres (born in 1965) in the outrageous level of its surreal non sequiturism; if Messrs. Gilliam, Idle, Cleese, et al., had been composers, this might well be what their music would have sounded like. The three manically disjunct works recorded here, written between 1997 and 2006, are characterized by a strict avoidance of traditional principles of logic or coherent musical development, except in the cases where those principles are employed only to be slyly subverted (for example, in the first movement of the NONcerto for horn, in which the soloist is required to run back and forth across the stage, mounting ramps that are supposed to simulate the Alps, to create the effect of horn calls echoing between distant peaks). Ayres cites Schnittke and Janácek as inspirations, and it's possible to hear the influence of Schnittke's polystylism, but executed with an acute sense of the ridiculous not usually associated with the Russian composer. It's also easy to detect the sound of Janácek's quirky late Romanticism. An associate once angrily denounced Ayres for writing "rhapsodic" music as if that were an inherently bad thing, but Ayres' music, in fact, in spite of being fragmented by absurd disjunctions, is full of rhapsodically beautiful moments in the conventional sense of sweeping Romantic lyricism. A question that his music reportedly frequently elicits is, "But is it supposed to be taken seriously?" The answer is the listener's court; it's not "normal" for the silly and the beautiful to be thrown together with such apparently inchoate abandon, but ultimately, for listeners who can let go of conventional expectations, Ayres' music can be exhilarating, even thrilling, in its promiscuous embrace of wild hilarity and ravishing lyricism. Roland Kluttig leads three excellent ensembles -- Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, ASKO Ensemble, and musikFabrik -- in exuberant, off-the-wall performances. Strongly recommended for fans of new music that offers Something Completely Different.
© TiVo

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