10.04.2021 #contemporary #music

Discover Luxembourg’s composers on new recordings

Over the course of the last ten years, composers of Luxembourg have written a variety of works. Two recent recordings testify to what is currently to be discovered in the Luxembourg contemporary music scene. The two albums feature different positions in contemporary chamber and orchestra music, interpreted by two leading ensembles from the Grand-Duchy.

Echoes of Autumn and Light – New Chamber Music from Luxembourg/ Kammerata Luxembourg

The chamber music ensemble Kammerata Luxembourg released their new album Echoes of Autumn and Light – New Chamber Music from Luxembourg in spring 2021 with UK based label Toccata Next, that focuses on new, original and unknown repertoire, mostly in world premiere recordings.

Founded in 1985, Kammerata Luxembourg has firmly cemented its reputation within Luxembourg’s music scene with over 30 years of music productions. It performs contemporary pieces, often new works by Luxembourgish composers, in combination with repertoire from the classical and romantic eras.

The upcoming album presents works from four different composers, all of them intrinsically linked to the Grand-Duchy and its music industry: Camille Kerger, Marcel Reuter, Georges Lentz and Markus Brönnimann. Their compositions revolve around the theme of light, sometimes bright and dazzling, sometimes subdued and dark, as well as the theme of autumn with its bright colours and joys, and the decline and sadness behind. Delicate sounds and rich harmonies, as well as an intensive dialogue between the performers of the different scores!

Meet the composers and the performers in their trailer :

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Orchestral Music – BOUMANS, I. / PÜTZ, M. / SANAVIA, J. / WILTGEN, R. (Luxembourg Contemporary Music, Vol. 1) / Solistes Européens, Luxembourg, König

A selection of orchestral music by five contemporary composers from Luxembourg can be discovered on a new recording that NAXOS released in March 2021. This is the first of a three-volume series the renowned label will publish in the near future.

The programme of this first album covers a fascinating spectrum: Ivan Boumans explores the field of biology in Meiosis where the music undergoes transformations, whereas for Roland Wiltgen it is celestial mechanics that drives Orbital Resonances. The idea of transformation is also important to Marco Pütz as he generates exciting ‘chordal clusters.’ Inspired by a fresco, Jeannot Sanavia’s Hélice is a study in agitation, while Tatsiana Zelianko charts the death and rebirth of a butterfly in music of passionate drama.

All of the five works are world premiere recordings played by the Solistes Européens, Luxembourg (SEL) under the baton of their principal conductor and music director Christoph König. The compositions by Jeannot Sanavia and Roland Wiltgen are published by Luxembourg Music Publishers.

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