The music of the Slovenian-born composer Vito Žuraj which is portrayed here is powerful and extremely differentiated. Special emphasis is given to the works with multi-layered stereophonic sound concepts which are typical of Žuraj. The SACD format makes it possible that the spatial arrangement of different instrumental groups can be experienced immediately.
Žuraj's way of composing ranges between intuition and structural principles which he implements by means of an algorithmic notation assistant developed by himself. He often draws inspiration for his pieces from his personal passion of tennis. Such inspiration can not only be found in work titles like 'Changeover', their content aspects, like the change in sunlight, shadowing or the audience's perspective, are rather transferred 'to the tension between noises and fixed pitches, between solo, unison and polyphony, between passivity and active motion', wrote Egbert Hiller in the accompanying text.
Even more important for the development of the pieces is, for Žuraj, the collaboration with the musicians, particularly with the Ensemble Modern. He developed, for example, the horn concerto 'Hawk-eye' with Saar Berger who plays the solo part on this CD, together with the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra. With the Symphony Orchestra of the Hessian Radio, the Ensemble Modern interprets the large-scale work 'Changeover' for instrumental groups and orchestra and, especially for this portrait, recorded the two ensemble works 'Restrung' and 'Runaround'.
An additional DVD also contains Žuraj's percussion trio 'Top Spin' which includes music-theatre elements. The video was produced by the ComputerStudio of the University of Music at Karlsruhe.
co-production of Slowenischer Rundfunk and Deutscher Musikrat gemeinnützige Projektgesellschaft mbH,
production of Hessischer Rundfunk
Restrung for ensemble (2012)
Changeover for instrumental groups and orchestra (2011)
Runaround for brass players and ensemble (2014)
Top Spin for percussion trio (2011)
In its renowned Contemporary Music Edition the German Music Council set itself the task of creating a basic listening library of contemporary composition in Germany. The edition is distinguished by the high quality of the performances and of the accompanying texts. It includes recordings by renowned interpreters and ensembles, often under the direction of the composer; the carefully edited booklets present the composers and musicologists in analyses of the works and in aesthetic commentaries. For more information on the composers within the Contemporary Music Edition (including biographies, lists of works and audio samples), please click here.