Xak Bjerken, Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble & Timothy Weiss – The Oberlin Concertos (2021) [FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Xak Bjerken, Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble & Timothy Weiss – The Oberlin Concertos (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/96kHz | Time – 01:11:22 minutes | 1,16 GB | Genre: Classical
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The concept that led to The Oberlin Concertos was initially hatched in a conversation between pianist and educator Xak Bjerken and a former student, Oberlin Conservatory composition professor Jesse Jones. It was Jones who suggested writing a chamber concerto to be premiered by his friend and mentor, and it was Bjerken-a former longtime member of the Los Angeles Piano Quartet and a veteran soloist with the L.A. Philharmonic and other ensembles-who was immediately hooked. Their plan gave rise to another commission-for the chair of Oberlin’s Composition Department, Grammy Award-winner Stephen Hartke-and then another, for fellow composition faculty member Elizabeth Ogonek. The resulting works were recorded in three sessions over a two-year span, with Bjerken joining forces with Oberlin’s Contemporary Music Ensemble and conductor Timothy Weiss in the conservatory’s Clonick Hall studio, in addition to presenting the world- premiere performance of each piece on campus.

Tracklist:
1. Xak Bjerken, Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble & Timothy Weiss – Ship of State: Hanging Breathless (03:54)
2. Xak Bjerken, Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble & Timothy Weiss – Ship of State: in Spite of False Lights on the Shore (06:23)
3. Xak Bjerken, Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble & Timothy Weiss – Ship of State: The Anchors of Thy Hope (04:38)
4. Xak Bjerken, Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble & Timothy Weiss – Ship of State: What Workmen Wrought (04:14)
5. Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble & Timothy Weiss – Where Are We Now: I. We Have Come a Long Way (02:14)
6. Xak Bjerken, Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble & Timothy Weiss – Where Are We Now: II. There Was a Mountain (05:44)
7. Xak Bjerken – Where Are We Now: III. Microlude (02:02)
8. Xak Bjerken, Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble & Timothy Weiss – Where Are We Now: IV. I Raised My Head (08:05)
9. Xak Bjerken, Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble & Timothy Weiss – Where Are We Now: V. A Doubt (04:13)
10. Xak Bjerken – Where Are We Now: VI. Microlude (01:15)
11. Xak Bjerken, Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble & Timothy Weiss – Where Are We Now: VII. Let Memory Be (04:38)
12. Xak Bjerken, Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble & Timothy Weiss – Persona Mechanica, Op. 57: I. Giocosa (10:14)
13. Xak Bjerken, Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble & Timothy Weiss – Persona Mechanica, Op. 57: II. Dolente (06:23)
14. Xak Bjerken, Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble & Timothy Weiss – Persona Mechanica, Op. 57: III. Gioiosa (07:25)

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