Harry M., (2005) 'Chamber Intimacy.', UNSPECIFIED, Warehouse, London.
Anna Akhmatova's early poetry was immediately hailed in Russia for its 'chamber intimacy': an uncompromisingly personal tone whose directness of utterance is complemented by an unprecedentedly rich handling of the Russian language. In my settings the poetry is foregrounded. The piano shadows the vocal line so closely that at times it should appear, paradoxically, as if the vocal line is emerging from the piano. I have also attempted to reflect the extraordinary vocal range of Akhmatova's recordings of her own poetry with a tessitura that spans three octaves. I would like to thank Dicky Sokolov for her very precise, very insightful translations and for her unfailing, tireless help when I was floundering in my transliterations of the Russian! And above all I'd like to thank Loré Lixenberg whose exceptional voice inspired this piece.
|Additional Information:||'Chamber Intimacy', six settings of poems by Anna Akhmátova for mezzo-soprano and piano, world premiere given at the BMIC Cutting Edge Series by Loré Lixenberg (mezzo-soprano) and Dominic Saunders (piano), The Warehouse, December 2005. Future performance plans: Hamburg, Summer 2006; Cheltenham Festival, Autumn 2006; BMIC Cutting Edge National Tour, 2006-2007 season (application).|
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|Record Created:||23 Jun 2006|
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