Sounds & Clouds (2015)

Hosokawa, Vivaldi

Holland Baroque

Jeremias Schwarzer

The blank spaces on the paper have their own tension, known in Japanese as ma. That tension can be felt in music, between two sounds. Here Hosokawa sees a major difference between European and eastern music: ‘The only thing of importance [in western music] is perhaps the sonorous impact, the sound as of a cathedral where one finds eternity. We find beauty in a cherry tree, precisely because they blossom so briefly – eternity does not exist, we know no God. The flower withers, but next year the cherry tree blossoms anew. Sound is like such blossom, it comes and goes. The silences, the absence, are not empty but full of sound, if we were able to hear.’

Each sound, therefore, is born of silence, as a meditation, and here the rhythm of breathing is crucial for Hosokawa. Sounds grow and fade, the pauzes between the breaths determine the form. Together notes can form clusters, even sharp dissonances – for nature is seldom in full harmony – but they always return to individual notes and silence. Such a cyclic structure does not seek development, completion or repetition, but floats on ongoing movement and variation, which is likewise a significant contrast with western music. ‘In eastern thinking’, Hosokawa writes, ‘the voice (i.e. the sound) is born when the spirit itself is manifest in breath. The expression of this dynamic process, reflecting the sound of the spirit in breath and voice, this, for me as a composer, is the ultimate challenge.’

The contrast with the music of Antonio Vivaldi could hardly be greater. The chasm in time, approach and aesthetics is so deep that it is perhaps futile to look for deeper relationships. Where Hosokawa pursues an expression of an extra-musical breath, Vivaldi surprises us time and again by playing with the form of the Baroque concerto – and then in more than five hundred compositions! This variety is often inspired by a musical effect, a person or a story, as in La notte, blossoming from Hosokawa’s nocturnal imagery as a melodic and rhythmic mirror, or in La tempesta di mare, prompted by the second intermezzo, Das Meer vor dem Sturm. Sometimes the ‘programme’ is less clear, as in Il gardellino (with written-out birdsong) or in the fourth concerto, which

Schwarzer has called La festa.

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Jeremias Schwarzer

Schwarzer’s virtuosity and musicality as a recorder soloist have won him a prominent name in the world of early and contemporary music. His extraordinary involvement in broadening his instrument’s repertoire and developing its playing techniques have resulted in more than seventy premiere performances. He has collaborated with some of the most interesting of today’s composers, including Rolf Riehm, Annette Schlu?nz, Salvatore Sciarrino, Misato Mochizuki and Samir Odeh-Tamimi. 
As a soloist, Jeremias Schwarzer has appeared with the Akademie fu?r Alte Musik Berlin, German broadcasting society orchestras (BR, SWR and HR), the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, the Munich Chamber Orchestra and the Frankfurt Opera Orchestra, under conductors including Carl St. Clair, Lothar Zagrosek, Daniel Harding, Peter Rundel and Beat Furrer.

Holland Baroque

Free of fuss and convention, Holland Baroque Society takes to the stage with a variety of programmes. Baroque music is the key, but these musicians build bridges to other styles and arts. Balanced between tradition and renewal, they pursue the topicality of musical experience. In recent years Holland Baroque Society has collaborated with prominent Baroque musicians including Paolo Pandolfo, Quatuor Mosaïques, Emma Kirkby, Milos Valent and Hidemi Suzuki, and with composer Nico Muhly, singer and song- writer Teitur and jazz trumpeter Eric Vloeimans.

For this innovative approach the ensemble was awarded the Kersjes Prize and the VSCD Classical Music Prize in 2008, and more recently the Diapason d’Or 2012. It has brought Holland Baroque Society to all sorts of venues, from the Vienna Konzerthaus to the Amsterdam pop temple Paradiso, and from Vredenburg concert hall in Utrecht to the World Exhibition in Shanghai.

There are more projects under preparation, with Porgy Franssen, Marcus Creed, Giora Feidman, Amandine Beyer, Calefax Rietkwintet, Cappella Amsterdam, Orkater and Sergio Azzolini. Holland Baroque Society has invested just as much ambition and energy in countless Kids Only concerts and educational projects, through which thousands of children have made acquaintance with classical music. The aim is to give them a pure listening experience, and this produces pure reactions like “I’d never heard of those sunny instruments before.”

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Sounds & Clouds (2015)

Hosokawa, Vivaldi

Holland Baroque

    De Gelderlander -

(...) Een mystieke voedingsbodem van Aziatische signatuur die plek biedt aan vier westerse ‘bloemen’: een kwartet van beroemde fluitconcerten van Antonio Vivaldi.

    Luister 9

De overgangen tussen Hosokawa en Vivaldi verlopen vanzelfsprekend, alsof het zo hoort. (...) subtiel en rijk van klank (...)

    Magazin.Klassik.com

(...) ein virtuoser Blockflötenspieler (...) kräftig, klar und energiereich begleietet (...)

    Music Emotion

(...) de samenwerking met Schwarzer levert een verrassend album op. Het contrast tussen Vivaldi en Hosokawa is groot, maar er is ook spraken van natuurlijke verbondenheid. (...)

    Independant.co.uk -

(...) delightful trilling recorder birdsong of “Il Gardellino” deftly and delicately delivered by Schwarzer (...)

    Het Parool -

(..) een modelplaat (...) een spel van klankevocatie en stiltes, waarvoor geen andere omschrijving te bedenken is dan toverachtig (...) aangename verwarring (...) Holland Baroque speelt alle stukken buitengewoon beeldend en met zwier. Van harte aanbevolen.

    Audiophile Audition

These odd pairings had an excellent chance of going wrong, but the fine performances, the marvelous recording, and the selected music from both composers work well. Recommended for both the music, the artistic conception, and the wonderful recording.

    Opus Klassiek

(...) Hosokawa heeft perfecte soundscapes gemaakt die naadloos aansliuten bij de klanken van Vivaldi. (...) Schwartzer is een virtuoos met een bloeiende fantasie (...) een intrigerend genot om naar te luisteren – ieder kiezeltje en elk waterdrupje is te horen.

    HRAudio -

(...) the fascinating sounds and textures created by the talented players of Holland Baroque Society are both magical and hypnotic. (...) the fruity bassoon playing of Moni Fischalek deserves special mention. (...) state-of-the-art quality (...)

Sounds & Clouds (2015)

Hosokawa, Vivaldi

Holland Baroque

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Digital Converters:Grimm A/D
Mastering Engineer:Jared Sacks
Mastering Equipment:B&W 803 diamond series
Microphones:Bruel & Kjaer, Schoeps
Mixing Board:Rens Heijnis custom made
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Recording location:Waalse Church Amsterdam Holland
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Singing Garden in Venice - Vorspeil, Nacht
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Concerto op. 10 nr. 2 Largo
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Concerto op. 10 nr. 2 - Fantasmi
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Concerto op. 10 nr. 2 - Presto
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Concerto op. 10 nr. 2 -Largo 'Il Sonno'
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Concerto op. 10 nr. 2 - Allegro
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Singing Garden in Venice - - Il Gardellino
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Concerto op. 10 nr. 3 - Allegro
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Concerto op. 10 nr. 3 - Cantabile
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Concerto op. 10 nr. 3 - Allegro
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Singing Garden in Venice - Das meer vor dem Sturm
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Concerto op. 10 nr. Nr. 1 - Allegro
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Concerto op. 10 nr. Nr. 1 - Largo
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Concerto op. 10 nr. Nr. 1 - Presto
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Singing Garden in Venice - Abenddammerung
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Concerto op. 10 nr. 6 - Allegro
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Concerto op. 10 nr. 6 - Largo
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Concerto op. 10 nr. 6 - Allegro
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Singing Garden in Venice - Nachspiel, Nacht - Schlaf
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