"The Quiet", "Zohar Iver", and "Esh" [the Hebrew word for "fire"] form a group of works which Chaya Czernowin calls "The Crescendo Trilogy", because in all three pieces different kinds of crescendos play a central role: in "The Quiet", an exponential increase in volume ends the piece, while in "Zohar Iver", the crescendo is interrupted with the entrance of the pedal point before the end.
"At the Fringe of our Gaze", for orchestra and a concertino group, was written in response to a commission from Daniel Barenboim’s West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. It is music consisting of highly differentiated layers of sound, which rise from the depths and ascend to the highest heights. The work – with which Chaya Czernowin wanted to introduce her music to the orchestra’s young musicians – is intended to focus on border areas of perception.
As diverse as Chaya Czernowin’s individual creative phases are, there has always been in her musical language a distinctive way of working with the characteristics of individual sounds, developed with the most refined rhythmic, coloristic, and sound nuances; there is also a deliberate search for emotional extremes, which always give the pieces a physical and existential power.
production: 1: 2011 Bayerischer Rundfunk/BR-Klassik/musica viva, licensed by BRmedia Service GmbH / 2: 2011 SRF / 3: 2012 telos music UG / 4: 2013 Südwestrundfunk, licensed by SWR Media Services GmbH / 5: co-production of UNITEL CLASSICA and West-Eastern Divan Orchestra in co-production with Lucerne Festival 2013
The Quiet for large orchestra divided into three groups (The Crescendo Trilogy Part I) (2010)
Zohar Iver (Blind Radiance) for ensemble and orchestra divided into three groups (The Crescendo Trilogy Part II) (2011)
Esh for orchestra with countertenor (The Crescendo Trilogy Part III) (2012)
White Wind Waiting for guitar and orchestra (2013)
At the Fringe of our Gaze for orchestra and concertino group (2012/13)