A Moveable Feast

Stockholm Syndrome Ensemble

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Original Recording Format: DSD 64

The music on this disc has a very specific location and time at its heart. Paris in 1907. Fin-de-siecle Paris was absolutely the eye of the creative storm and most of the great musical minds from Europe and further afield either lived there or passed through. The Englishman Ralph Vaughan-Williams and Spaniard Manuel de Falla both came to study there and both were accepted in to Maurice Ravel’s close circle of friends (Vaughan-Williams as Ravel’s student). It is not certain if they ever met but both Vaughan-Williams and Falla were certainly acquainted with one another. Stravinsky who was also in Paris at the time recalled the regular soirées at the home of Cipa and Ida Godebski where he first met Falla and Vaughan-Williams. Whilst Vaughan-Williams’ and Falla’s unique musical voices are inextricably linked to the music of their respective homelands their time in Paris made a huge impression.

Tracklist

1.
Piano Quintet in minor - Allegro con fuoco
09:19
2.
Piano Quintet in minor - Andante
09:13
3.
Piano Quintet in minor - Fantasia quasi variazioni
09:30
4.
Frontispice
01:40
5.
Le tombeau de Couperin - Prelude
03:04
6.
Le tombeau de Couperin - Fugue
03:30
7.
Le tombeau de Couperin - Forlane
05:50
8.
Le tombeau de Couperin - Rigaudon
03:04
9.
Le tombeau de Couperin - Menuet
05:01
10.
Pantomime and Ritual Fire Dance
07:23

Total time: 00:57:34

Additional information

Label

SKU

36916

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Artists

Composers

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Genres

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Cables

van den Hul

Digital Converters

Grimm A/D 64fs

Mastering Engineer

Jared Sacks

Mastering Equipment

B&W 803 diamond series

Microphones

B&K, Schoeps

Mixing Board

Rens Heijnis custom made

Original Recording Format

Producer

Cynthia Zetterqvist (vaughn Williams), Jared Sacks

Recording Engineer

Jared Sacks

Recording location

Studio Swedish Radio, Stockholm

Recording Software

Merging

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DSD64

Release Date March 18, 2016

Press reviews

Audio Review

(…) marvellous release (…) Internal balance is excellent, so no register dominates and despite the piano having a very realistic, powerful, gutsy sound it never overwhelms the other instruments, which is down to both the player and production team.

Gramophone

(…) Throughout there’s a feeling of musicians listening and responding, enjoying each other’s company. (…)

HVT

Het Stockholm Syndrome Ensemble zoekt nieuwe manieren om vertrouwde en nieuwe muziek te brengen. En wil dat met kracht, kleur en betekenis op de luisteraars overbrengen. Bij mij is dat gelukt, nu nog bij jou!

Magazin.Klassik.com

(…) Die jungen Musiker spielen mit viel Energie und einem modernen Ansatz. Sie bewegen sich zwischen den Stilen von Barock, Klassik, Film- oder Popmusik, und das hört man. Der variable Ensemble-Klang passt sich geschmeidig den jeweiligen Anforderungen der Musik an, von warm und voll wie bei Vaughan Williams hin zu schlank und durchsichtig, z.B. in Ravels kurzem ‘Frontispice’. (…)

Music Emotion

(…) een combinatie van highlights, geschreven door Ravel, De Falla en Williams en uiterst boeiend om naar te luisteren.

Opus Klassiek

(…) een ensemble dat klinkt als een klok (..) een fraai afgewogen en verrassend programma, uitgevoerd op een niveau om de vingers bij af te likken, in een sublieme opnametechnische setting (…)

Audiophile Audition

This latest disc from Sweden’s Stockholm Syndrome Ensemble is a well- played and well-recorded Album with music by Vaughan Williams, de Falla and Ravel. It’s a somewhat eclectic mix, but actually all the composers represented were alive during roughly the same period. Is there more to this grouping?

Yes, according to the group. The music has a very specific location and time at its heart: Paris in 1907. The Englishman Ralph Vaughan-Williams and Spaniard Manuel de Falla both came to study there and both were accepted into Maurice Ravel’s close circle of friends (Vaughan-Williams was Ravel’s student). This program is built around the thought that these three very different artists were all in Paris at the same time discussing music and inspiring one another.

The liner notes included with the disc go into great and interesting detail about the music being performed, and make a good case for the combination. It’s a good read, and illuminating. I don’t usually even mention liner notes in a review, but these are noteworthy. The performances are excellent, and it’s nice to hear music by each composer combined in this unique way.

In terms of the recording, it’s excellent, with natural string sounds, a realistic spread of the soloists between the front speakers, and good dynamics.

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