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CIKADA PLAYS CRANE Cikada Ensemble’s first release on LAWO Classics, "Drones, Scales and Objects", consists of contemporary chamber music by acclaimed British composer Laurence Crane. The Norwegian ensemble started performing Crane’s music in 2011, and the result of their successful collaboration is presented on this CD. "I use simple and basic musical objects; common chords and intervals, arpeggios, drones, cadences, fragments of scales and melodies. The materials may seem familiar – perhaps even rather ordinary – but my aim is to find a fresh beauty in these objects by placing them in new structural and formal contexts and by using a surface texture that is highly reduced." – Laurence Crane Laurence Crane was born in Oxford in 1961 and studied composition with Peter Nelson and Nigel Osborne at Nottingham University. His music is mainly written for the concert hall, although his list of works includes pieces originally written for film, radio, theatre, dance and installation. He lives and works in London. Since its formation in Oslo in 1989, the Cikada Ensemble has developed a refined and highly acclaimed profile on the international contemporary music scene. The ensemble has become synonymous with the Oslo Sound of fresh, vibrant, warm and virtuosic interpretations of consciously selected, contemporary repertoire. In concerts at major international festivals and on numerous albums, Cikada’s distinct ensemble profile manifests itself in strong programming. Integral to this work is a wish to develop long-term collaborations with composers and to build composer portraits with commissioned works over time. Cikada was awarded the prestigious Nordic Music Prize in 2005. REVIEWS «While this music is certainly not for everyone, I do think it has an appeal in its simplicity of line with an undercurrent of complexity in design. It hardly ever rises above amezzo-piano and these pieces do move slowly. The embedded harmonies are all consonant and moments in Come Back… are actually quite lovely, for example. I also commend the Norwegian ensemble Cicada, whose work I have heard before, for their dedicated and unified performance. This type of music actually takes great control and concentration. The listening requires a little of this too but is worth it.» Daniel Coombs, Audiophile Audition http://www.audaud.com/56167-2/ «Beautifully produced and performed, this is a ‘minimal’ sound which will stay with you for a long time. These pieces work a kind of meditative spell, but few are long enough to put you into a trance and none outstays its welcome.» Dominy Clemens, MusicWeb International http://musicweb-international.com/classrev/2015/Dec/Crane_drones_LWC1083.htm «Successful works of art are those which manage to act on us, even to exercise power over us. In that way, they become people and we, in turn, objects—for the time being. By developing a musical style that so consistently seals itself off from interpretation—whether that of performers or (more surreptitiously) listeners—Crane has not, in fact, created objects that compel our affection. Rather, he has compelled us to become objects of their affection.» Damjan Rakonjac, Music and Literature http://www.musicandliterature.org/reviews/2016/5/3/laurence-cranes-drones-scales-and-objects
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1. Simon 10 Holt 50 00:03:15 1.50 USD
Main artist Cikada
Composer Laurence Crane
Performers Cikada
Producers Christian Eggen
2. Sparling 00:05:04 1.50 USD
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Composer Laurence Crane
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Producers Christian Eggen
3. Riis 00:08:29 1.80 USD
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Composer Laurence Crane
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4. Four Miniatures: I. Extremely quiet 00:01:10 1.50 USD
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Composer Laurence Crane
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5. Four Miniatures: II. Soft 00:02:03 1.50 USD
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Composer Laurence Crane
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6. Four Miniatures: III. Light 00:01:09 1.00 USD
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Composer Laurence Crane
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7. Four Miniatures: IV. Soft 00:02:34 1.50 USD
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Composer Laurence Crane
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8. Come back to the old specimen cabinet John Vigani, John Vigani Part 1 00:10:08 2.00 USD
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Composer Laurence Crane
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Producers Christian Eggen
9. Erki Nool 00:03:22 1.50 USD
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Composer Laurence Crane
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10. Trio 00:05:27 1.50 USD
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Composer Laurence Crane
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11. Estonia: I. Erki Nool 00:03:49 1.50 USD
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Composer Laurence Crane
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12. Estonia: II. Mart Poom 00:03:35 1.50 USD
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Composer Laurence Crane
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13. Estonia: III. Arvo Pärt 00:04:15 1.50 USD
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Composer Laurence Crane
Performers Cikada
Producers Christian Eggen