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Composer: Cerha, Friedrich (b. 1926)

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Year of birth1926
NationalityAustria
PeriodContemporary
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ViennaAlban Berg Ensemble Wien

Cerha, Brahms, Shostakovich
Alban Berg Ensemble Wien

ViennaKlangforum Wien

Wang, Saunders, Asperghis, Cerha
Donatienne Michel-Dansac; Klangforum Wien
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Shock of the new: Vienna RSO

Cornelius Meister © Marco Borggreve
Fingers and bows fluttered through dance-like figures and virtuosic passages packed with trills with astonishing clarity and brilliance.
****1
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A Joyous Ninth from Alan Gilbert and the Gewandhaus

Alan Gilbert © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
Not everything worked in Gilbert's Beethoven Nine, but the stunning finale redeemed all.
****1
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Liszt under inspection from Marino Formenti at the New York Phil Biennial

Marino Formenti © Gyula Fodor
Marino Formenti only briefly introduced his eclectic whirlwind recital, “Liszt Inspections”, before calling out “Good luck!” and diving into one of the most attention-grabbing sequences of music that I’ve ever witnessed.
***11
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Salzburg Festival: Interstellar travels with Martin Grubinger and the Percussive Planet Ensemble

Martin Grubinger  ©  Felix Broede
The Percussive Planet Ensemble was founded seven years ago, when the then 22-year-old Martin Grubinger first performed his Percussive Planet (twelve percussion pieces from around the world) at the Beethoven Festival in Bonn.
****1
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The Klangforum Wien bring depth to Cerha and Neuwirth

Klangforum Wien,  ©  Lukas Beck
The Klangforum Wien is such a disciplined ensemble that for them ever to be remotely fazed or challenged by a piece, even those works with Ferneyhough-like unfulfillable demands, is scarcely imaginable.
****1
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