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CHAN 5138

Grundman: A Mortuis Resurgere (The Resurrection of Christ)

The Classical Shop
release date: June 2014

Recorded in 24 Bit / 48Khz
album available as a Studio File
Originally recorded in 2013

Artists:

Susana Cordon

soprano

Brodsky Quartet



Venue:

IES San Fernando, Madrid



Producer:

Javier Monteverde


Ralph Couzens

(Executive)

Engineer:

Javier Monteverde



Record Label
Chandos

Genre:

Chamber


Religious

Total Time - 53:59
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JORGE GRUNDMAN

(b. 1961)
   
premiere recording
   
 

A Mortuis Resurgere (2013)

54:05  
  (The Resurrection of Christ)  
  for String Quartet and Soprano  
   
  Evangelium secundum loannem  
  Capitulo XIX  
1 Largo 5:28
2 Salmodia ad libitum: 'Post haec autem rogavit Pilatum 4:14
  Ioseph ab Arimathaea' - [Vocalise] -  
3 A tempo 3:53
  Capitulo XX  
4 'Prima autem sabbatorum Maria Magdalene venit ma ne' - 4:44
5 'Nondum enim sciebant Scripturam' - 2:31
6 [Vocalise] - [Vocalise] - 3:10
7 [Vocalise] - 'Dum ergo fleret, inclinavit se in monumentum' - 4:44
8 '"Iam noli me tenere, nondum enim ascendi ad Patrem"' - 4:12
  Salmodia ad libitum ma non troppo: 'Venit Maria Magdalene annuntians discipulis' -  
9 'Thomas autem, unus ex Duodecim, qui dicitur Didymus' - 5:27
10 [Instrumental] 4:24
   
  Credo  
11 'Credo in unum Deum' - 4:57
  'Et in unum Dominum Iesum Christum, Filium Dei unigenitum' -  
  'Et in Spiritum Sanctum, Dominum et Vivificantem' -  
   
  Hosanna  
12 [Vocalise] - 'Hosanna in excelsis Deo' - [Vocalise] - 6:15
  'Hosanna in excelsis Deo' - [Bocca chiusa] - [Vocalise] -  
  [Vocalise] - 'Hosanna in excelsis Deo' - [Vocalise] -  
  'Hosanna in excelsis Deo' - 'Hosanna in excelsis Deo'  
  TT 54:05      
   
 Susana Cordon soprano
  Daniel Rowland violin  
  Ian Belton violin  
  Paul Cassidy viola  
  Jacqueline Thomas cello  
   
  This work is dedicated to God, for giving me the inspiration; and to my wife, Mar, for letting me steal the little time we have.  
  January 2013  
   
  4-6 June 2013  


Jorge Grundman uses his unique compositional voice to create music which, above all, communicates with remarkable directness. The simplicity and strength of his artistic vision, intended to reach the widest audience possible, is clear in A Mortuis Resurgere, a work here receiving its premiere recording. Scored for soprano and string quartet, A Mortuis Resurgere sets passages from chapters XIX and XX of St John’s Gospel telling the story of the resurrection of Christ.

Throughout its extended single movement the soprano soloist is required to use a wide range of expressive vocal techniques to communicate the meaning of the Latin text. Supporting the soprano voice is the string quartet, its slowly changing harmonies animated by a surface of rapid rhythmic figurations, all of which combine to produce shifting textures. The contemplative modal-based harmonies are typical of Grundman’s style and form a part of his artistic vision to bridge the gap between pop and classical music.

Joining the Brodsky Quartet is the Spanish soprano Susana Cordón, for whom the challenging vocal part was written. Renowned for its diverse and pioneering collaborations, the Brodsky Quartet has been vital in the development of Grundman’s style, having worked closely with the composer on a number of his earlier works.

 

“…Everything unfolds at a Brucknerian pace, with good reason – Grundman conceived the work for church performance, the slowness of movement accommodating the increased reverberation. Susana Cordón’s soprano line unfolds with calm authority and clear diction, repeated listening revealing just how her singing reflects what’s happening in the narrative. The relative lack of musical incident is never a problem, making the occasional changes of tack more surprising and effective, as with the more animated quartet writing accompanying the closing Hosanna. Beguiling, emotionally charged music, sensitively performed and beautifully recorded.”

Graham Rickson – theartsdesk.com 9 August 2014


“…Grundman’s writing for string quartet is expert and resourceful, his loose-limbed melodic lines and rich while rarely cloying diatonic harmonies providing a variegated context for soprano-writing which ranges from confiding to histrionic – all securely encompassed by Susana Cordón … The Brodsky perform with their customary tonal warmth and attention to detail, the spaciously immediate sound testify to the composer’s concern for presenting his music within a sympathetic ambience…”

Richard Whitehouse – Gramophone magazine – August 2014


"... The Brodsky Quartet, known for its adventurous programming, plays wonderfully well. Susana Cordón is an accomplished singer, and has the composer’s blessing ..."

William Hedley - International Record Review - July/August 2014




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