Erber: The Traces Cycle

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A collection of six works by James Erber, performed by Matteo Cesari.

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About this release

James Erber’s music has been concerned with traces – signs of overwriting, both revealing and concealing what lies beneath – for even longer than the fifteen years spanned by the composition of the main work on this disc. An excavation of his interest both in archaeology as a metaphor for music and in archaeologies of music itself might begin ten years earlier still: with the thirty-year-old Erber, newly arrived in Freiburg, embarking on the composition of Music for 25 Solo Strings (Epitomaria–Glosaria–Commentaria). Read more

Commissioned Programme Note

James Erber’s music has been concerned with traces—signs of overwriting, both revealing and concealing what lies beneath—for even longer than the fifteen years spanned by the composition of the main work on this disc. An excavation of his interest both in archaeology as a metaphor for music and in archaeologies of music itself might begin ten years earlier still: with the thirty-year-old Erber, newly arrived in Freiburg, embarking on the composition of <em>Music for 25 Solo Strings (Epitomaria–Glosaria–Commentaria)</em>. That work was, first of all, a “reading- through” of Byrd’s motet <em>Emendemus in melius</em>, making explicit both Erber’s interest in music of the Renaissance and early Baroque and his concern with spiritual and artistic continuity.

But its tripartite scheme of source and multiply layered commentary was confirmed by a visit the composer paid while working on the piece to the site of the Roman town of Herculaneum, where he saw the ancient ruin set alongside the present-day settlement of Ercolano, itself consisting of the old town on the cliff and the modern buildings behind it, all three layers visible to varying degrees from a single vantage-point.Read more

About the artists

Matteo Cesari

Artist, interpreter and researcher as in one, passionately keen on contemporary music, Matteo Cesari (Bologna, 1985) has played as a soloist worldwide, from Europe to China, from Australia to the United States. His musical career path has been enriched from Italy till Conservatoire de Paris and at Université Paris IV (Sorbonne), where he has obtained his doctor degree with the highest honour (congratulations from the jury) in April 2015, specialized in interpretation, research and practice, with his thesis on the interpretation of time in L’orologio di Bergson of Salvatore Sciarrino and Carceri d’Invenzione IIb of Brian Ferneyhough. Being the laureate at several other competitions, he also won the Kranichsteiner Musikpreis at Darmstadt.

He has collaborated with numerous soloists of his generation such as the singers Stéphane Degout and Barbara Hannigan, the harpists Anneleen Lenaerts and Émilie Gastaud. As a soloist he has played with BBC Scottish Orchestra and the Ensemble Intercontemporain. He has worked with some of the well-renowned composers, conductors and artists of his time such as Salvatore Sciarrino, Brian Ferneyhough, Pierre Boulez, Péter Eötvös, Matthias Pintscher, Tito Ceccherini, Ivan Fedele, Hugues Dufourt, Stefano Gervasoni, Bruno Mantovani, Michael Finnissy and Pierluigi Billone.

He has given quantities of masterclasses and seminars organized by the Conservatory of Shanghai (China), Tokyo University of the Arts (Japan), Monash University (Australia) and University of London (UK). On a very regular base, he works as a teaching assistant in the composition class of Salvatore at Accademia Chigiana of Siena in Italy.

  • Flourish - James Erber
  • The 'Traces' Cycle- Traces - James Erber
  • The 'Traces' Cycle- Traces B - James Erber
  • The 'Traces' Cycle- Traces C - James Erber
  • A Small Revelation - James Erber
  • ein andrer Hauch - James Erber
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Credits

Catalogue number: CR020

Flute / Piccolo Matteo Cesari

Cover Image Margaret Erber
Photography Various
Engineering Adaq Khan
Mastering Adaq Khan
Producer Richard Barrett
Booklet Editor John Fallas
Creative Director John Bevan
Executive Producer Adrian Green

Recorded 29 January, 2 March, 25 May, 2013
Venue All Saints’ Church, East Finchley, London
Total Duration 74 mins

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