Beat Furrer: Works for Choir and Ensemble

Beat Furrer: Works for Choir and Ensemble

The music of Beat Furrer, Swiss-born (in 1954) and Vienna-based, has long attracted attention for its subtle exploration of the possibilities of the human voice. This first recording of his enigmas, a cycle of six a cappella settings of Leonardo (he has since added a seventh) demonstrates its striking emotional range, from rich, almost Romantic tonal warmth to dramatic avant-garde expressionism. It is complemented by two works which underline Furrer’s fondness for exploring sonority, timbre and texture.

Helsinki Chamber Choir
Uusinta Ensemble
Nils Schweckendiek

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Catalogue No: TOCC0360
EAN/UPC: 5060113443601
Release Date: 01.08.2016
Composer: Beat Furrer
Artists: Helsinki Chamber Choir, Nils Schweckendiek, Uusinta Ensemble

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    enigmas I-VI for mixed choir a cappella (2006-2013)

  1. enigma I (2006)
  2. enigma II (2008)
  3. enigma III (2008)
  4. enigma IV (2010)
  5. enigma V (2012)
  6. enigma VI (2013)
  7. voices — still for mixed choir and ensemble (2001)
  8. …cold and calm and moving for flute, harp, violin, viola and cello (1992)*

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    5 out of 5


    Beat Furrer is a Swiss-born composer living in Austria. These are modernist choral works which are extremely economical in their use of musical motifs. Don’t expect conventional singing. The music exploits a wide range of vocal techniques, including near-speech, exhalations and screeches – and silence. Where there is instrumental writing, it is very spare. The results are extremely atmospheric and beautiful, and at times mesmeric. The music is superbly performed. I had never come across this composer before, but I love these works.
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