Selected Signs III-VIII (Music for ECM - A Cultural Archeology) (6CD)

Various Artists

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July 1, 2013

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In the winter of 2012/13, the Haus der Kunst in Munich - one of Europe's most important museums for contemporary art - hosted the exhibition 'ECM - A Cultural Archaeology'. The goal of curators Okwui Enwezor and Markus Müller was to show the range of the label's artistic endeavours in music, graphic art, and photography and its creative interchanges with film, theatre and literature. For this exhibition, Manfred Eicher and Steve Lake created this six-CD box-set accentuating directions in ECM's rich musical history.

Many themes and streams are touched upon here including the range of composition in the New Series, music for and from films, imaginative historical reconstructions, trans-cultural music, ambient minimalism, and jazz and improvisation of many hues, in a collection with a playing time of more than seven hours.

Featuring: Heiner Goebbels, Steve Reich, Arvo Pärt, Gidon Kremer, Keith Jarrett, György Kurtág, Tigran Mansurian, Rosamunde Quartet, Betty Olivero, Kim Kashkashian, Meredith Monk, Giya Kancheli, Keller Quartet, Hilliard Ensemble, Valentin Silvestrov, Eleni Karaindrou, Jan Garbarek, Jon Balke and Amina Alaoui, Rolf Lislevand, Nils Petter Molvær, Eivind Aarset, Stefano Battaglia, Tord Gustavsen, Egberto Gismonti, Norma Winstone, Ralph Alessi, Anja Lechner, Vassilis Tsabropoulos, Colin Vallon, Christian Wallumrød, Tomasz Stanko, Jimmy Giuffre, Paul Bley, Evan Parker, Barre Phillips, Robin Williamson, Old & New Dreams, Sinikka Langeland, Frode Haltli, Gary Peacock, Steve Kuhn, Wadada Leo Smith and many others.

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(5 Stars) No prizes for guessing that a six-disc box-set in which Steve Reich, Jan Garbarek, CPE Bach, Norma Winstone, Arvo Pärt and dozens of others rub shoulders is an ECM production. This seven-hour compilation was made for a major Munich exhibition entitled ECM - A Cultural Archaeology, emphasising ECM music's links with other arts. So there are big roles for Georgian film-composer Andrey Dergachev's fusions of electronics, speech and whirring machinery, Greek theatre and film scorer Eleni Karaindrou's romantic orchestral pieces (with Garbarek's sax and Kim Kashkashian's viola among the solo instruments), and many other absorbing crossovers. But at least 30% of the set has clear jazz roots - from clarinetist Jimmy Giuffre's cool-bop Jesus Maria from 1962 with Paul Bley on piano, to John Surman and Barre Phillips' ferocious, synth-thundering Mountainscapes V from the 1978, or the Old and New Dreams band's blues-steeped rendition of Lonely Woman. Five stars for mostly reissued music might seem generous, but the way this set has been assembled creates transporting new narratives - or meditations - from sequences that were never meant to coexist.

The Guardian, (John Fordham), July 26, 2013 (5*)

(4 stars) For those wondering what the point of record labels might be in the age of the download, ECM, with its pared-down, north European aesthetic is surely answer enough. Since 1969, it has championed the cool and contemplative over the shallow and ideal soundtrack for summer.

The Times, (John Bungey), July 13, 2013

(4 stars) Beautiful...Use it to soundtrack your own life.

The Independent On Sunday, (Phil Johnson), July 14, 2013

(4 stars) You could spend six very enjoyable evenings playing one disc per night from this set, your own private Late Junction with Eicher as silent disc jockey. That would be time more than well spent.

Marlbank, (Stephen Graham), June 28, 2013

A shrewdly compiled trip through ECM's back catalogue, moving seamlessly from classical to jazz to world and folk, and providing not just individual delights but also the joys of juxtaposition...a collection to treasure for the rest of one's life.

The Jazz Breakfast, (Peter Bacon), July 1, 2013

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Key Value
Catalogue number 3728971
Barcode 0602537289714
Number of items 6
Packaging type Box Set
Imported No
Weight 318g
Dimensions (LxWxH) 145mm x 43mm x 135mm

Disc 1

Track Listing — Disc 1

Song Title Time
1. Heiner Goebbels: In einem alten Fahrstuhl (from Der Mann im Fahrstuhl) -
2. Steve Reich: Music for 18 Musicians (excerpt) (Steve Reich and Musicians) -
3. Arvo Pärt: Fratres (Gidon Kremer, Keith Jarrett) -
4. Arvo Pärt: Ludus from Tabula rasa (Gidon Kremer, Tatjana Grindenko, Alfred Schnittke, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra/ Saulius Sondeckis) -
5. György Kurtág; Aus der Ferne (from Játékok) (Márta Kurtág) -
6. J S Bach: Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit (Sonatina from 'Actus tragicus', BWV 106 transcribed by György Kurtág) (Márta & György Kurtág) -
7. Tigran Mansurian: Testament (Rosamunde Quartet) -
8. Betty Olivero: Neharót Neharót (excerpt) (Kim Kashkashian, Münchener Kammerorchester/Alexander Liebreich) -
9. C P E Bach: Fantasie für Klavier fis-Moll (Alexei Lubimov) -
10. Joseph Haydn: The Seven Last Words of our Saviour on the Cross - IV. Largo (Rosamunde Quartet) -
11. River -
12. Meredith Monk: Scared Song (from Do You Be) -
13. Heiner Goebbels: Der Chef (from Der Mann im Fahrstuhl) -

Disc 2

Track Listing — Disc 2

Song Title Time
1. Heiner Goebbels: Hörstück II (Ich möchte Ihnen einen Vorschlag machen...)/Kleine Passacaglia/Über den Selbstmord (from Eislermaterial) -
2. Giya Kancheli: Vom Winde beweint - I. Largo molto (Kim Kashkashian, Orchester der Beethovenhalle Bonn/Dennis Russell Davies) -
3. John Tavener: Funeral Canticle (excerpt) (with kind permission of Harmonia Mundi) -
4. Dmitri Shostakovich: String Quartet No.15 - I. Elegy (Keller Quartet) -
5. Arvo Pärt: Most Holy Mother of God (from Officium Novum) (The Hilliard Ensemble) -
6. Tres morillas m'enamoran (Spanish anonymous) (from Officium Novum) (Jan Garbarek, The Hilliard Ensemble) -
7. Dmitri Shostakovich: Chamber Symphony op. 110 bis - I. Largo (Stuttgarter Kammerorchester/ Dennis Russell Davies) -
8. Valentin Silvestrov: I. Postludium 'DSCH' (Maacha Duebner, Simon Fordham, Anja Lechner, Silke Avenhaus) -
9. Valentin Silvestrov: III. Postludium (Anja Lechner, Silke Avenhaus) -

Disc 3

Track Listing — Disc 3

Song Title Time
1. Eleni Karaindrou: Concert In Athens, Voyage -
2. Closed Roads -
3. Invocation -
4. Tango of Love -
5. Tom's Theme -
6. Laura's Waltz -
7. Adagio -
8. After Memory -
9. Farewell Theme -
10. Seeking Theme -
11. Nostalgia Song -
12. Requiem for Willy Loman, var. -
13. Eleni Karaindrou: The Weeping Meadow -
14. Karaindrou: Memories (from Elegy of the Uprooting) -
15. Jan Garbarek: Dis (from Dis) -
16. Jon Balke /Amina Alaoui: O Andalusin (from Siwan) -
17. Jon Balke /Amina Alaoui: Ashiyin Raïqin (from Siwan) -
18. Rolf Lislevand Ensemble: Music based on early baroque compositions, arr. Rolf Lislevand (from Nuove musiche), Passacaglia andaluz II -
19. Toccata -
20. Passacaglia cromatica -
21. Arpeggiata addio -

Disc 4

Track Listing — Disc 4

Song Title Time
1. Andrey Dergatchev: Music for the film 'The Return', Underwater -
2. In The Bedroom -
3. The Road -
4. Mugam -
5. Japan -
6. Port -
7. Rehearsal -
8. Piano -
9. Georgians -
10. Final Titles -
11. Wolf -
12. Nils Petter Molvær: Khmer (from Khmer) -
13. Tløn -
14. Access/Song Of Sand I -
15. On Stream -
16. Platonic Years -
17. Plum -
18. Song Of Sand II -
19. Eivind Aarset: Close (For Comfort) (from Dream Logic) -

Disc 5

Track Listing — Disc 5

Song Title Time
1. Stefano Battaglia Trio: Euphonia Elegy (from Songways) -
2. Food: Celestial Food (from Mercurial Balm) -
3. Tord Gustavsen Quartet: Prelude (from The Well) -
4. Egberto Gismonti: Memoria e Fado (marrom) (from Dança dos Escravos) -
5. Norma Winstone Trio: Like A Lover (from Stories Yet To Tell) -
6. Norma Winstone Trio: Cradle Song (Hoy Nazan) (from Stories Yet To Tell) -
7. Jan Garbarek/Egberto Gismonti/Charlie Haden: Carta de Amor (from Magico - Carta de Amor) -
8. Ralph Alessi: Zone (from Baida) -
9. Anja Lechner/Vassilis Tsabropoulos: Trois morceaux après des hymnes byzantins I (from Chants, Hymns and Dances) -
10. Anja Lechner/Vassilis Tsabropoulos: Trois morceaux après des hymnes byzantins II (from Chants, Hymns and Dances) -
11. Colin Vallon Trio: Telepathy (from Rruga) -
12. Christian Wallumrød Ensemble: Solemn Mosquitoes (from Fabula Suite Lugano) -
13. Christian Wallumrød Ensemble: Blop -
14. Tomasz Stanko Quartet: Song for Ania (from Lontano) -

Disc 6

Track Listing — Disc 6

Song Title Time
1. Jimmy Giuffre 3: Jesus Maria -
2. Paul Bley/Evan Parker/Barre Phillips: Time Will Tell -
3. Barre Phillips/Feichtner/Surman/Martin: Mountainscapes V -
4. Old And New Dreams: Lonely Woman -
5. Robin Williamson: The Four Points Are Thus Beheld -
6. Sinikka Langeland: Langt innpå skoga -
7. Frode Haltli: Psalm -
8. Gary Peacock: Voice from the Past -
9. Steve Kuhn Trio with Joe Lovano: Spiritual -
10. Wadada Leo Smith: Kulture of Jazz -
11. Robin Williamson: The World -