Murmurations (One Microphone Recording)

Marcia Hadjimarkos

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For their second release at NativeDSD, Outer Marker brings us Murmurations from pianist Marcia Hadjimarkos. Like their first release, this is a Stereo DSD 128 recording that is exclusively available in the recorded format and bit rate at NativeDSD Music. 

Murmurations features Marcia Hadjimarkos performing on an 1887 New York Steinway Model B. The album is a One Microphone Recording captured with an AEA R88 Stereo Ribbon Microphone through two channels of D.W. Fearn all-tube Preamplfication direct to Stereo DSD 128. Additional ambience was provided by a Lexicon 224X Digital Reverb.

Marcia tells us about the album “After a long gestation period due to the pandemic, I can’t believe Murmurations is finally taking flight! I’m excited and honored to join Native DSD’s great lineup of musicians, and extend heartfelt thanks to everyone who helped to shape the album.”

What brings these pieces together? They span and slightly overlap the 20th Century, with Satie’s Gnossiennes and Danses de Travers dating from the tail end of the 19th century (when the piano used on this recording was built), Pärt’s Für Anna Maria written in 2006, and the works of Cage, Monk, Tailleferre, Glass, Mompou and Skempton falling in between.

Eight composers, all associated with minimalism to a greater or lesser degree, born in the United States, France, England, Spain, and Estonia. Eight approaches to resonance, pattern, repetition, layering, phrasing, form, color, touch, texture, and volume on the piano.

The ways their music dovetails remind me of a murmuration, a cloud of iridescent starlings swirling and shape-shifting through the sky at dusk, seemingly at random but in fact governed by each bird’s observation of the seven other birds nearest it. So: a small murmuration of seven, plus one extra for luck, inspired by the enthusiasm of friends, students, and other musicians, and by my own reactions to the mesmerising qualities of this music in all its diversity, and the way it pulls me in time and again. This selection only scratches the surface of the works that fall under the capacious umbrella of minimalism, but it’s a start.”

Marcia Hadjimarkos, Pianist


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Tracklist

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1.
Piéces froides, Danse de Travers 1 - Erik Satie, 1897
01:45
2.
Piéces froides, Danse de Travers 2 - Erik Satie, 1897
01:30
3.
Piéces froides, Danse de Travers 3 - Erik Satie, 1897
02:28
4.
Für Alina - Arvo Pärt, 1976
02:12
5.
Für Anna Maria - Arvo Pärt, 2006
01:04
6.
Variations for the Healing of Arinushka - Arvo Pärt, 1977
03:31
7.
Gnossienne 1 - Erik Satie, 1890-92
03:28
8.
Gnossienne 2 - Erik Satie, 1893
01:52
9.
Gnossienne 3 - Erik Satie, 1890
02:45
10.
Pastorale Inca - GermaineTailleferre, 1929
03:48
11.
Gnossienne 4 - Erik Satie, 1891
04:02
12.
Gnossienne 5 - Erik Satie, 1893
02:24
13.
Gnossienne 6 - Erik Satie, 1897
01:34
14.
Gnossienne 7 - Erik Satie, 1897
03:35
15.
Música Callada XI - Federico Mompou, 1962
01:28
16.
Cànts Magics 4 - Federico Mompou, 1920
02:41
17.
In a Landscape - John Cage, 1948
08:26
18.
Metamorphosis 2 - Philip Glass, 1989
07:05
19.
Música Callada XX - Federico Mompou, 1965
03:40
20.
Ellis Island - Meredith Monk, 1981
02:59
21.
Soliloquy - John Cage, 1945
03:11
22.
Interlude 8 - Howard Skempton, 1989
00:48
23.
Postlude - The Keel Row - Howard Skempton, 1989
00:45
24.
Prelude 7 - Howard Skempton, 1989
01:48
25.
Prelude 3 - Howard Skempton, 1989
01:21
26.
Prelude 5 - Howard Skempton, 1989
03:21

Total time: 01:13:31

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OM02100H

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Microphone

AEA R88 Stereo Ribbon Microphone

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Piano

1887 New York Steinway Model B

Preamplifier

D.W. Fearn all-tube Preamplfication

Release DateJune 30, 2023

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This is an engaging, thoughtful and rather contemplative traversal of works for solo piano by a variety of late nineteenth and twentieth century composers, including Erik Satie, Arvo Pärt, Federico Mompou, Philip Glass, John Cage, and others. The works are lovingly played, with deep sensitivity to the expressive content of each. It is such a pleasure to hear these more modern compositions rather than yet another traversal of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. There is nothing jarringly atonal here, all of the works have a charming tonality, frequently with great wit, and always with innovative rhythms and phrasing.

As someone who tends to play whole albums from start to finish, I value an artist who develops a true “recital program” when assembling the included tracks. Here, Marcia Hadjimarkos has done a very nice job of complimenting and contrasting the various pieces she has selected…

And the excellent sound quality of the recording is simply the cherry on top of this engaging album. Recording with a single stereo microphone, the image is completely solid and three dimensional. Plus, the sound heard by the microphone is then captured directly to DSD128 with no PCM processing. It is a pure sound, and a pure delight to hear. Well done!

1 review for Murmurations (One Microphone Recording)

    Marvelously played and recorded!

    I look forward to listening to hopefully many more recordings by Marcia Hadjimarkos. This album offers a wonderful mix of composers, some of whom I am already familiar, and some that are new. Her previous recordings (there aren’t many) have been very warmly received by professional reviewers, including in Fanfare.

    Many thanks to Outer Marker and Native DSD for introducing me to Hadjimarkos’ talent.

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