Zender – “Dialog mit Haydn – Issei no kyo – Nanzen no kyo” (wergo, 2017)

“Dialog mit Haydn – Issei no kyo – Nanzen no kyo” was released  in 2017 by “wergo records”. Album compositions by German composer Hans Zender were recorded by Herman Kretschaman (piano), Ueli Wiget (piano), “Bundesjugendorchester” (conductor Hans Zender), Claron McFaden (soprano), WDR Sinphonieorchester Koln” (conductor Johannes Kalitzke), “WDR Rundfunkchor Köln”. Masterful and interesting musicians play all these compositions very passionately, emotionally, innovative and expressive.

Hans Zender is a German conductor and composer. His musical language is based on modern musical expressions, innovative and interesting orchestration decisions, fascinating and shocking musical experiments. The biggest part of Hans Zender music is written for symphony orchestras, chamber ensembles, choirs and also for solo instruments or duets. The music language is based on sudden changes and wide range of different music styles gently combined together. Composer masterfully combines together neoclassicism, expresionism, various modernistic music styles, neo-romantism, impressionism, baroque music, basic elements of Japan ethnic music and academic avant-garde basics. This wide range of absolutely different music styles, genres and cultures are masterfully combined together in one place. Composer also masterfully combines together vocal and various symphony orchestra instruments, his compositions are full of interesting, weird and provocative instrumentation decisions. His musical language and unique composing style is based on high variety of composing methods and playing techniques. Aleathory, sonoristic music, dodecaphony, serialism and other very well-known modernistic music playing techniques are fused together with experimental music, puantilism, academic avant-garde and many other styles. The beauty of his music is created by contrasts, unpredictable stylistic waves, shocking and weird combinations of the instruments, modern and gorgeous orchestration and rich musical language.

This album compositions by Hans Zendal are written for symphony orchestra and vocal – it’s “Dialog mit Haydn”, “Issei no kyo” and “Nanzen No Kyo, “Canto VII””. All these three compositions are highly different from each other. “Dialog mit Haydn” is formed by various excerpts from Haydn compositions and mixed with various modern music styles and traditional Japan music elements. Puantilism, dodecaphony, serialism, academic avant-garde and experimental music elements are mixed with baroque music, Haydn compositions and Japan music elements. This interesting combination changes a lot the traditional sound of Haydn music – it makes this music to sound modern, interesting, evocative and expressive. Colorful, adventurous and gorgeous orchestration decisions are used to create unpredictable sound and evocative musical language. This first composition of the album is written for symphony orchestra and many different, innovative and modern instrumentation decisions are heard in this composition. “Issei no Kyo” and “Nanzen No Kyo” were composed for symphony orchestra and vocal. These two compositions are highly different from each other, but also have some elements which are common – expressive musical language, independent and individual melodies by each instrument, interesting combination between contemporary academical music of Western Europe and traditional music of Japan. These two absolutely different cultures, tonal, atonal and mikrotonal harmony, various melodic, vocal, rhythmic and harmonic intonations of Japan traditional music are masterfully combined together in one place. Composer masterfully use and mix together highly different and interesting methods of playing, extended techniques, innovative instrumentation decisions and create rich and evocative musical language. Very loud tutti, expressive and emotional vocal, various voice elements, very soft and gentle reeds melodies, bright and gorgeous brass instruments parts, dramatic and passionate strings, dynamic rhythmic, choir episodes – all these elements are gently mixed together in one composition. After very silent and soft episodes there suddenly comes very loud, dramatic and expressive episodes which have a culmination to all orchestra tutti, energetic and dramatic choir and soprano melodies. This music is all the time changing – it never stays the same. Wide range of colors, timbres, weird sounds and tones of the instruments, gorgeous  and expressive sound, rich and adventurous musical language, precisely and passionate playing – all these elements create original and innovative sound of this music.

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