Here We Are

Here We Are

by The Hermes ExperimentThe Hermes Experiment

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Overview

The Hermes Experiment is a chamber music ensemble, an experiment to be sure, consisting of soprano, harp, clarinet, and double bass. Given that makeup, the group is virtually compelled to commission new works, even beyond any desire to support contemporary composition. A corollary of this is that the composers involved are challenged to imagine music with a unique sonority, frequently with delightful results. This works best in the shorter works as composers forge discrete textures that balance these four disparate sounds. Listen to Emily Hall's opening "I Am Happy Living Simply," a tonal but in absolutely no way derivative work, of anything at all. Its music reflects its artless lyric memorably. Oliver Leith's "Uh Huh, Yeah," and Anna Meredith's "Fin Like a Flower" are other economical, unique standouts. There are also longer works that fit more easily into modern schools, but there isn't a dull moment. The performers are terrific. Soprano Héloïse Werner is very expressive within a circumscribed dynamic range, and clarinetist Oliver Pashley accomplishes the suggestion of electronic textures that some of the pieces seem to carry. This is recommended especially for listeners who want to try something completely new but are fearful of unfamiliarity: everything here is transparent.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/21/2020
Label: Delphian
UPC: 0801918342448
catalogNumber: 34244
Rank: 111997

Tracks

  1. I Am Happy Living Simply, for voice, clarinet, harp & double bass
  2. The Linden Tree, for voice, clarinet, harp & double bass
  3. Gun, Gun, Gun, for voice, clarinet, harp & double bass
  4. We Phoenician Sailors, for voice, clarinet, harp & double bass

    1. I. Oyster
    2. II. Agua Dulce
    3. III. Delta Song
  5. Pack of Orders, for voice, clarinet, harp & double bass
  6. Uh huh, Yeah, for voice, clarinet, harp & double bass
  7. Fin like a Flower, for voice & harp
  8. Between the War and You, for voice, clarinet, harp & double bass

    1. i
    2. ii. a
    3. ii. b
    4. ii. c
    5. iii
  9. Chansons dévotes et poissonneuses, for voice, clarinet, harp & double bass

    1. I. Les poissons mélomanes
    2. II. Le vieux saint
    3. III. Sardines à l'huile
  10. The End of the Ending, for voice, clarinet, harp & double bass

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