Treatises

TREATISES
on Trans-Traditional Aesthetics
Ensemble Extrakte
Sandeep Bhagwati

Sören Birke - Ravi Srinivasan
Cathy Milliken - Deniza Popova
Wu Wei - Ji-eun Kang
Hoo Yong - Farhan Sabbagh
Gregor Schulenburg - Klaus Janek
Sandeep Bhagwati

catalog number: 21104 

"Ensemble Extrakte – this name outlines a musical program. The thirteen treatises in this album are seismographic soundscapes of uncommon encounters. When we brought together the eleven musical polyglots of Ensemble Extrakte in music, they came from widely different musical backgrounds and cultures; some were virtuosos in more than one genre or tradition. To each of us, music meant something else, they made their music for different communities and contexts. But they all lived in Berlin – and our idea was to create a music that would truly reflect this new ensemble, its roots and its global aspirations." Sandeep Bhagwati

 
Treffen in Telgte

Das Treffen in Telgte
A musically-literary program

Helene Grass, Günter Grass – recitation
RIAS Kammerchor, Capella de la Torre (Katharina Bäuml)
conducted by Risto Joost

Catalog number: 21089

In his story “Das Treffen in Telgte” [“The meeting in Telgte”] Günter Grass has created a fable in which he describes the situation of literature from the point of view of a critical observer and commentator of the historical events. The story about an encounter between authors in 1647, which was initiated by the poet Simon Dach from Königsberg, takes place in a mill in Telgte, Westphalia, not far from Münster, where the Treaty ending the Thirty Year War was signed one year later.

After almost 30 years of war the plea for peace in the middle of the 17th century was the one which dominated all others. Whether in poetry or in music, it was omnipresent. (Bernhard Heß/ RIAS Kammerchor)
The author and his daughter, the actress Helene Grass, read from the story “Das Treffen in Telgte”. Poems and instrumental and vocal works by the 17th century poets and composers named in the text, such as Claudio Monteverdi, Heinrich Schütz, Michael Praetorius, Johann Crüger and Heinrich Albert, can also be heard.

“What we have heard today is a wonderful collaboration between words and music.” 
Günter Grass

A co-production of Deutschlandradio Kultur and Dreyer Gaido Musikproduktionen

 
Von Müttern und Töchtern

VON MÜTTERN UND TÖCHTERN

Dorothe Ingenfeld, Mezzosopran
Anita Keller, Klavier
Katrin Dasch, Klavier

catalog number: 21103

"How did I come to make a CD just with songs about mothers and daughters? My daughter was away for three weeks during the summer holidays and I wanted to use the creatively to record a CD. I looked at my favourite songs and discovered that three of them had this thematic connection. The obvious thing to do was to take this as a theme, so I sat down with both of my pianists and we looked for other such songs. We found over thirty of them, from which we chose the most beautiful songs and those we thought the most fitting. It was to be the most poetic summer of my life! I devoured books on the subject, watched films and talked to mothers and daughters about this most enthralling of all relationships. It was a source of infinite joy for me to slip into the roles of all these mothers and daughters and I wish you just as much joy while listening!" Dorothe Ingenfeld