Duo Ebano

Blackbird (r)evolution

CD

Black is the color that clarinet, bass clarinet, piano and Seaboard® have in common. Like the blackbird in the song by Lennon/McCartney, we want to learn how to fly, explore new musical territories, and shape a more authentic and personal voice.

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About the album

Black is the color that clarinet, bass clarinet, piano and Seaboard® have in common. Like the blackbird in the song by Lennon/McCartney, we want to learn how to fly, explore new musical territories, and shape a more authentic and personal voice.

Blackbird (r)evolution is a canvas of Duo Ebano’s features, like a bizarre mirror where you can dive in. In a mirror we just see a reflection, which doesn’t necessarily show what we really are. By not accepting the first impression, we can learn how to see beyond the mirror, “take these sunken eyes and learn to see.”

The program represents the soul of Duo Ebano, shifting between standard repertoire and new music. Moreover, it displays composers who try to enhance the clarinet and piano combination, forcing its limits and inventing new ways to make these two instruments communicate, with the intent to achieve a (r)evolution of this set-up.

What to expect from this album? Excitement, fear, kindness, a mother’s song, goosebumps, anxiety, laugh, Radiohead-like moments, mantras, progressive-rock bands, a floating boat in a dark and warm night, a broken carillon, relentlessness, the music of the water.

Tracklist click to play/pause

  1. Grand duo concertant, Op. 48: I. Allegro con fuoco Carl Maria von Weber 8:59
  2. Grand duo concertant, Op. 48: II. Andante con moto Carl Maria von Weber 6:01
  3. Grand duo concertant, Op. 48: III. Rondo, Allegro Carl Maria von Weber 6:17
  4. Vier Stücke, Op. 5: I. Maßig Alban Berg 1:20
  5. Vier Stücke, Op. 5: II. Sehr langsam Alban Berg 1:58
  6. Vier Stücke, Op. 5: III. Sehr rasch Alban Berg 1:18
  7. Vier Stücke, Op. 5: IV. Langsam Alban Berg 3:29
  8. Broken chain: I. Dark mirror Paolo Gorini 2:22
  9. Broken chain: II. Prog Paolo Gorini 2:21
  10. Broken chain: III. Head banger Paolo Gorini 1:40
  11. Broken chain: IV. Rest Soft Paolo Gorini 2:38
  12. 3 Intermezzi, Op. 117: I. Andante moderato Johannes Brahms 6:16
  13. I Love You Boris Bezemer 7:16
  14. The Underwater Life of a Bass Clarinet Gerardo Gozzi 10:31

More information

Label

TRPTK

Genre(s)

Classical – Romantic (1830-1920)
Classical – Contemporary (> 1920)

Artist(s)

Duo Ebano

Composer(s)

Berg, Alban
Bezemer, Boris
Brahms, Johannes
Gorini, Paolo
Gozzi, Gerardo
Weber, Carl Maria von

Recording location(s)

Muziekhuis, Utrecht (NL)

Recording date(s)

November 2019

Recording format

PCM 352.8kHz 32bit

Cat. No.

TTK 0048

Release date

January 10th, 2020

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"When you play a TRPTK album, you know you're not going to hear only mainstream music. [...] An adventure, as always very well recorded."

Audio Aficionado

"Anyone who gets to know Duo Ebano for the first time thanks to this CD will undoubtedly be impressed by the technically and interpretatively rich arsenal that these two gentlemen have to offer. These are top musicians for whom every composer or arranger would like to write and who undoubtedly produce a particularly inspiring interaction."

Aart van der Wal, Opus Klassiek

"Take the way Berg builds up the soundscape in the second piece, "Sehr Langsam," without question sublime and beautifully played by this duo."

Ben Taffijn, Nieuwe Noten

"The result: there is no anxious musical fluttering here, but virtuosic "flying" of beautifully harmonious figures and captivating formations in close quarters."

Jan de Kruijff, Musicalifeiten

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