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Connesson: Orchestral Works


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Recognised as one of the youngest and most gifted contemporary composers, Guillaume Connesson brings together an imaginatively diffuse range of influences, from the riches of the musical traditions of his native France to John Adams, Steve Reich and the funk of James Brown. During the composition of the works making up the Cosmic Trilogy Connesson also drew inspiration from such sources as the paintings of Kandinsky and the physics of Stephen Hawking.

After first discovering Connesson's music in 2001, Stephane Deneve remarked on its 'amazing orchestration... the quality of writing for large orchestra on the level of a Ravel or Stravinsky!' During his tenure at the Royal Scottish National Orchestra Deneve has regularly championed Connesson's works and two parts of the Cosmic Trilogy, 'Aleph' and 'Une lueur dans l'age sombre', were commissioned by the RSNO. These are dedicated to Deneve; in fact, the symphonic dance 'Aleph' was a marriage gift.

The Cosmic Trilogy evokes three moments in the history of the universe: the Big Bang in 'Aleph', the appearance of light and the stars in 'Une lueur dans l'age sombre', and finally the explosion and death of a star in 'Supernova'. Connesson's works have been quickly appreciated by music lovers and performers for the exciting vitality they imbue, and the easy-going tonal strains that permeate them. The Guardian described the work as 'bright-toned and imaginatively scored... crowd-pleasing, colourful music'. Chandos is delighted to presents the first recording of the complete trilogy.

Guillaume Connesson studied piano, history of music, choir analysis and direction at the Conservatoire National de Region de Boulogne-Billancourt, as well as orchestration at the Conservatoire National de Paris. He is currently professor of orchestration at the Conservatoire National de Region d'Aubervilliers.
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Item number CHSA 5076
Barcode 095115507629
Release date 04/01/2010
Category 20th Century
Label Chandos Records
Media type HYBRID SACD
Number of units 1
Performers
Artists Sage, Eric Le
Composers Connesson, Guillaume
Conductors Denève, Stéphane
Orchestras Royal Scottish National Orchestra
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