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Ignis Import

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Swiss violinist and composer Paul Giger is a versatile musician at home in the styles of many periods, genres, and national idioms, from Estonian to Tibetan. All the pieces on this record are sacred in character, whether or not they employ words; all are Giger's own compositions or arrangements, the latter using originals going back 1,000 years. The title piece is based on a hymn of Hildegard von Bingen, others on monophonic melodies of the Benedictine monks of the Abbey at St. Gallen. Much of the music is very beautiful. Predominantly slow and sustained, it is full of repetitive figures and drones; sometimes agitated syncopations in the strings are pitted against held chords in the voices. Since the pieces lack form and direction, they tend to feel static and long; several seem to end many times. "O Ignis," in tonal C minor, is the longest and most elaborate; going from devout and peaceful to intense and pleading, it rises to a passionate climax, with the sopranos soaring way up against emphatic basses. Giger inventively exploits the instrument's resources of color, inflection, and accentuation, as well as a large range of esoteric sound effects, while using the voices almost like a church choir. The resonant acoustics of Tallinn's Niguliste Church, where the recording was made, enhances the otherworldly quality of the music. The playing and singing are excellent; the sound is pure, the intonation perfect, and the performers' deep involvement never flags. --Edith Eisler

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. Giger: Organum (String Trio)Beat Schneider and Marius Ungureanu and Paul Giger 6:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Giger: Karma Shadub (Choir And Violin)Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and Paul Giger and Tõnu Kaljuste21:01Album Only
  3. Giger: Tropus (Choir And String Trio)Beat Schneider and Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and Marius Ungureanu and Paul Giger and Tõnu Kaljuste14:00Album Only
  4. Giger: Alleluja (String Trio)Beat Schneider and Marius Ungureanu and Paul Giger 3:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Giger: O Ignis (Choir And String Trio)Beat Schneider and Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and Marius Ungureanu and Paul Giger and Tõnu Kaljuste27:43Album Only

Product Details

  • Composer: Paul Giger
  • Audio CD (November 14, 2000)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Ecm Import
  • ASIN: B00004T6KG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #609,071 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 8, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This is a rather puzzling disc. The music does not seem to have any obvious main reference (classical, oriental, etc.). It is highly original and, at first listen, slightly disorientating. At times the same notes or drones are held for interminable periods of times, other times the music seems to stop only to restart again. The overall effect, however, is quite fascinating and intriguing, often with an hypnotic feel. Obviously the performers are first rate and the disc is a pleasure to listen to after adjusting to its unconvential musical structure. Lovers of Part and modern minimalists might like this. A minor quibble is the presence of background noises on some of the pieces which were recorded live. Although the composer claims they don't interfere with the music, they are slightly annoying on a high resolution system.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By chinakids on December 17, 2005
Format: Audio CD
If you like Arvo Part, Gorecki, and other minimalists, this is a great album. Like Mozetich, this composer is not well known, but on the basis of this one album I would call him a genius. It is very listenable on first hearing, and gets better with each hearing. It is haunting, and structurally complex. I would rate this among the top 50 albums I own (and I have about 2000).
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By Andrew Mangravite on January 17, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Paul Giger's "Ignis" takes Medieval texts by Hildegard of Bingen, Notiker Balbulus and others and uses them to create new sonic worlds. The first piece "Organum" for string trio gets us off to a sprightly start. The next, "Karma Shadub," at 21:01 the second longest piece on the disc, is like a meditation chant and may prove to be a deal-breaker for some listeners. "Tropus," a piece for choir and string trio, rights the ship a bit and the "Alleluia" for string trio is quite nice. The disc concludes with "O Ignis," a 27:43 setting a hymn by Hildegard of Bingen. This soulful piece is again for choir and string trio and brings the disc to a calm, almost noble, close.
The disc will definitely mean more for listeners who know Medieval music, but as a purely contemporary work, it's a nice "time out" piece. If "Karma Shadub" doesn't take your mind off of the everyday hustle-and bustle of life, then nothing will!
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By G.D. VINE VOICE on February 17, 2009
Format: Audio CD
I am unsure whether I am the right person to review this one. This is in many respects more a moody cross-over disc for new age contemplation than actual art music, and by reviewing it as serious art music (as I will) it does in many respects fall short. There are surely many people out there who will enjoy it - and I did find things to savour here myself as well - but it is in the end rather forgettable. In order to keep no agenda hidden, I should also disclose my opinion on the apparent purpose here: I hope composers will, as soon as possible, eschew this new-agey childish and insubstantial obsession with "spirituality" (the kind of trendy new-age-religiosity that undeniably permeats this disc as well). It is painfully obvious that the philosophical abilities of many of these composers (Tavener, Pärt etc) are slim, and framing their embarrassingly confused ideas in music with unequivocal seriousity and honest intents does add an ineliminable level of silliness to the music in question.

The music here is all based on various early music works dating from the 10th-13th centuries, notably Hildegard, but Paul Giger has carried them into a recognizably contemporary sphere. Organum might bring the thoughts to Pärt; it is based on a drone with gradually more complex melodic and harmonic layers put on top. Karma Shadub is probably the best work here, drawing as it does on influences also from Ligeti (at least apparently so); it starts out with choral ruminations with tentative, fleeting shadows of melody before, quite suddenly, gathering momentum and building to a rather satisfying close. O Ignis is based on Hildegard; it takes up the main bulk of the release with slowly moving murmurs, slightly Pärt-like in style, with some surprising outbursts.
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