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Reviews of the week

Two early German reactions to András Schiff’s new recording of works by Franz Schubert (ECM New Series 2425-26)

Leading European daily papers on the brand new recording of Wolfgang Rihm’s Et Lux (ECM New Series 2404)

UK reactions to Cantante e Tranquillo (ECM New Series 2324) by the Keller Quartett

El Cuchi bien temperado (ECM New Series 2380), Páblo Márquez’s recording of the music of Gustavo ‘Cuchi’ Leguizamón, is reviewed on UK website The Arts Desk

English and German media on Surrounded by Sea (ECM 2432), the first album by the newly formed Andy Sheppard Quartet

British and German reviewers on Mathias Eick’s Midwest (ECM 2410)

US and German critics on Sinikka Langeland’s new album The Half-Finished Heaven (ECM 2377)

A Clear Midnight – Kurt Weill and America (ECM 2418), the brand new album by the Julia Hülsmann Quartet feat. Theo Bleckmann is reviewed in Germany and the US

UK and Swiss reviewers on Anders Jormin’s new album Trees Of Light (ECM 2406) with Lena Willemark and Karin Nakagawa

A US daily on You’ve Been Watching Me (ECM 2443) by Tim Berne’s Snakeoil

In Maggiore (ECM 2412), the new duo album by Paolo Fresu and Daniele di Bonaventura is reviewed in English and German publications

A Swiss reaction to Songs of Thessaloniki (ECM 2398) by Savina Yannatou & Primavera en Salonico

The DVD In memoriam Haydée (ECM New Series 5508) showing Márta and György Kurtág in concert at Paris’s Cité de la Musique is reviewed in England and Germany

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Reviews of the week

A Clear Midnight – Kurt Weill and America (ECM 2418), the brand new album by the Julia Hülsmann Quartet feat. Theo Bleckmann continues to attract acclaim internationally

German public radio BR Klassik on In Maggiore (ECM 2412), the new duo album by Paolo Fresu and Daniele di Bonaventura

An early UK reaction to Songs of Thessaloniki (ECM 2398) by Savina Yannatou & Primavera en Salonico

More US reactions to Break Stuff (ECM 2420) by the Vijay Iyer Trio

US website All About Jazz on Eberhard Weber’s Encore (ECM 2439)

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ECM Festival in San Francisco

The ECM Festival in San Francisco, presented in the context of the SF Jazz series, spotlights some of the newer tendencies among ECM’s musical directions, and also includes performances by artists long associated with the label. The festival began last night, March 26, at San Francisco’s Miner Auditorium, with a performance by Chris Potter’s Underground Orchestra. Tonight (March 27) it’s the turn of the Vijay Iyer Trio, followed by Egberto Gismonti solo (March 28) and Tomasz Stanko’s New York Quartet, with David Virelles, Reuben Rogers and Gerald Cleaver (March 29).

All concerts are being recorded.

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Reviews of the week

German and UK reviewers on A Clear Midnight – Kurt Weill and America (ECM 2418), the brand new album by the Julia Hülsmann Quartet feat. Theo Bleckmann

A Canadian reaction to Imaginary Cities (ECM 2387) by the Chris Potter Underground Orchestra

Sinikka Langeland’s new album The Half-Finished Heaven (ECM 2377) is welcomed by German reviewers

A UK reviewer on Anders Jormin’s new album Trees Of Light (ECM 2406) with Lena Willemark and Karin Nakagawa

Gefion (ECM 2381) by the Jakob Bro Trio attracts acclaim from UK and German reviewers

British and Swiss reviewers on Michael Mantler’s The Jazz Composer’s Orchestra Update (ECM 2391)

El Cuchi bien temperado (ECM New Series 2380), Páblo Márquez’ recording of the music of Gustavo ‘Cuchi’ Leguizamón, is reviewed in the Montreal Gazette

UK music magazine Choir & Organ on Aquilonis (ECM New Series 2416) by the Trio Mediaeval

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Coming soon on ECM and ECM New Series

At the end of March ECM New issues three strikingly individual albums.

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Great start for Julia Hülsmann’s Weill tribute album

A Clear Midnight – Kurt Weill and America by the Julia Hülsmann Quartet featuring singer Theo Bleckmann has been met with immediate critical acclaim upon its release. In British daily The Guardian John Fordham granted the album a rare five-star rating, stating: “This might just be one of the great jazz treatments of the songs of Kurt Weill… Not a sound is out of place on this beautifully crafted project, but it sounds open and spontaneous.” In his extensive review in Germany’s Die Zeit writer Stefan Hentz praises Hülsmann’s “art of restraint”, which he experiences as an “especially cunning means to draw the listener deeper and deeper into the world of this music.”

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Reviews of the week

A Clear Midnight – Kurt Weill and America (ECM 2418), the brand new album by the Julia Hülsmann Quartet feat. Theo Bleckmann is welcomed with great acclaim in the UK and Germany

The Chicago Tribune on Break Stuff (ECM 2420) by the Vijay Iyer Trio

UK and US reviewers on Imaginary Cities (ECM 2387) by the Chris Potter Underground Orchestra

Sinikka Langeland’s new album The Half-Finished Heaven (ECM 2377)

More UK and US reactions to Jack DeJohnette’s Made In Chicago (ECM 2392) with Muhal Richard Abrams, Larry Gray, Roscoe Mitchell and Henry Threadgill

Gefion (ECM 2381) by the Jakob Bro Trio is reviewed on British website UK Vibe

British reviewers on Eberhard Weber’s Encore (ECM 2439)

Anna Gourari’s Visions fugitives (ECM New Series 2384) gets a five-star review in leading Dutch daily De Volkskrant

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Reviews of the week

English and Swiss reviewers on Break Stuff (ECM 2420) by the Vijay Iyer Trio

Swiss weekly NZZ am Sonntag on Imaginary Cities (ECM 2387) by the Chris Potter Underground Orchestra

US and UK reactions to Anouar Brahem’s new album Souvenance (ECM 2423-24)

Sinikka Langeland’s new album The Half-Finished Heaven (ECM 2377) is reviewed in British and German papers

US and German reviewers on Jack DeJohnette’s Made In Chicago (ECM 2392) with Muhal Richard Abrams, Larry Gray, Roscoe Mitchell and Henry Threadgill

A reaction from Ireland to Gefion (ECM 2381) by the Jakob Bro Trio

German music monthly Eclipsed on Eberhard Weber’s Encore (ECM 2439)

International Record Review on Moderato Cantabile (ECM New Series 2367), the duo album by Anja Lechner and François Couturier

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Reviews of the week

Break Stuff by the Vijay Iyer Trio continues to attract acclaim by leading UK and US media

Imaginary Cities by the Chris Potter Underground Orchestra captivates reviewers in the UK and Germany

More reactions to the live album Hamburg ‘72 by Keith Jarrett, Charlie Haden and Paul Motian

Jack DeJohnette’s Made In Chicago with Muhal Richard Abrams, Larry Gray, Roscoe Mitchell and Henry Threadgill finds acclaim in German publications

Kenny Wheeler’s posthumously released album Songs for Quintet touches US-reviewers

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Kurtág: Major prize, new DVD and Blu-ray

Hungarian composer György Kurtág has won a major award, The BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the Contemporary Music category. His work in the jury’s view stands out for its “rare expressive intensity.” “The novel dimension of his music,” the citation continues, “lies not in the material he uses but in its spirit, the authenticity of its language, and the way it crosses borders between spontaneity and reflection, between formalism and expression.” Kurtág’s voice, “defies any system, accepts no compromise, and has traced a path independent from the mainstream.

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