David Hudry | Ensemble Modern – “Durchgang” (col legno, 2017)

“Durchgang” was released in 2017 by “col legno records”. The compositions by French contemporary classical and academic avant-garde composer David Hudry were recorded in this album. “Ensemble Modern” had played these compositions especially passionate, expressive, interesting and evocative. David Hudry music is based on various music styles, has very rich and interesting musical language. His compositions are based on academic avant-garde, modern academical and experimental music. Expressionism, impressionism, post-impressionism, modernism, tonal and atonal music, puantilism, dodecaphony, serialism, aleatory, polyphony and many other playing techniques and styles are fused with experimental ways of playing. The composer very well known playing techniques combines together with his own ways and methods of playing. His compositions also have original, fascinating and inventively arranged instrumentation. Many different musical expressions, playing techniques and other musical language elements helps the composer to extract various moods, feelings, senses and unusual timbres. Music of David Hudry is full of contrasts and have especially emotional, energetic, active, dramatic and passionate sound. Composer writes music to unusual combinations of the instruments, his compositions are dedicated for wide range of forms and genres – he writes compositions for symphony and chamber orchestras, ensembles, pieces for solo instruments and other combinations. David Hudry writes fresh, evocative and modern academic avant-garde and can masterfully express many different moods and characters by using various musical expressions.

The compositions of this album are dedicated for chamber ensemble. All these compositions are extremely expressive, have dramatic and passionate sound. Polyphonic structure, contrasting and colorful solos by each instrument, inventive instrumentation, sharp and dissonance harmony make an effort to whole sound of the album. These compositions are based on individual and strong melodic, harmonic and rhythmic basements and colorful and illustrative background. Each instrument has its own melody, based on different musical expressions and character. Bright and evocative brass solos, dramatic, expressive, vivacious and loud strings, soft and vivid reeds, very dynamic and constantly changing rhythmic – all these elements are heard very clearly and strongly in these compositions. Album compositions are full of contrasts and for the most of the time has very active, sharp and aggressive sound. Loud, powerful, dramatic and vibrant solos, all ensemble tutti, vivid, striking, joyful and lively melodies are suddenly changed by soft, peaceful and abstract episodes. These episodes are absolutely different from the early ones – it’s based on abstract musical pattern, short melodic and rhythmic elements, which are separated from each other and repeats many times. The two basic types of musical form and pattern are inventively combined together – abstract, silent and peaceful episodes are combined with memorable, expressive and vivacious melodies. These contrasts between absolutely different musical patterns create effective and interesting sound. But the most important element, which make the biggest effort to all the compositions sound, is modern, fascinating and marvelously arranged instrumentation. Composer masterfully combines together many different playing techniques – sudden glissando, colorful and unusual timbres, loud and powerful tremolos, arpeggios, bright and solid solos of brass or other instruments, vivacious and wild fast solos of the piano, trills and other musical expressions and playing techniques are effectively and inventively combined together with shocking, unusual and extraordinary ways of playing. By using this huge range of innovative playing techniques, composer creates fascinating, outstanding and interesting sound of these compositions.

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