Variations on Colombi’s Chiacona
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Mystery Variations on Giuseppe Colombi’s Chiacona

Catalogue Number: TOCC0171
EAN: 5060113441713
Release Date: 28 January 2013
Duration: 80:00

Chiacona per basso solo by Giuseppe Colombi, and 30 variations by contemporary composers

Anssi Karttunen, cello

To celebrate the 50th birthday of the Finnish cellist Anssi Karttunen in 2010 his wife, Muriel von Braun, and colleague and countrywoman Kaija Saariaho wrote to a number of composers with whose music Karttunen had been working, asking each to write a variation on the Chiacona per basso solo by the Italian composer Giuseppe Colombi (1635–94) – perhaps the earliest work in the history of the cello. The composers were not told who else was involved in the project, and Karttunen agreed to perform the music before he had seen it – hence the title, Mystery Variations. These 31 variations thus link the very beginning of the cello repertoire with music by some of the most distinguished composers of the present day and, with their distant echo of Beethoven’s 32 ‘Diabelli’ Variations, provide a showcase for the extraordinary resourcefulness of contemporary cello technique.

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Track Listing, MP3 Downloads and Streaming Samples

Track No. Track Title / Details Duration Sample Add to Cart
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1 Chiacona (late 17th c. )

Giuseppe Colombi, composer
Anssi Karttunen, cello
2:05 play
2 Anything Goes (c. 2010)

Jouni Kaipainen, composer
Anssi Karttunen, cello

(first recording)
2:29 play
3 Polvo (‘Dust’) (c. 2010)

Martin Matalon, composer
Anssi Karttunen, cello

(first recording)
1:05 play
4 Colombi Daydream (c. 2010)

Roger Reynolds, composer
Anssi Karttunen, cello

(first recording)
5:55 play
5 Chaconne (c. 2010)

Denis Cohen, composer
Anssi Karttunen, cello

(first recording)
3:31 play
6 bLeuelein (c. 2010)

Jukka Tiensuu, composer
Anssi Karttunen, cello

(first recording)
3:36 play
7 Partite sopra un basso (c. 2010)

Steven Stucky, composer
Anssi Karttunen, cello

(first recording)
1:26 play
8 Sarabande per un Coyote (c. 2010)

Esa-Pekka Salonen, composer
Anssi Karttunen, cello

(first recording)
2:32 play
9 Something to Go On (c. 2010)

Edmund Campion, composer
Anssi Karttunen, cello

(first recording)
1:37 play
10 Ciacconetta (c. 2010)

Rolf Wallin, composer
Anssi Karttunen, cello

(first recording)
1:23 play
11 Paloma (c. 2010)

Pablo Ortiz, composer
Anssi Karttunen, cello

(first recording)
2:19 play
12 Triple Antienne (c. 2010)

Paavo Heininen, composer
Anssi Karttunen, cello

(first recording)
5:02 play
13 Still and Flow (c. 2010)

Anders Hillborg, composer
Anssi Karttunen, cello

(first recording)
2:16 play
14 There and back again (c. 2010)

Fred Lerdahl, composer
Anssi Karttunen, cello

(first recording)
3:39 play
15 …se sillan… (c. 2010)

Veli-Matti Puumala, composer
Anssi Karttunen, cello

(first recording)
4:01 play
16 50 notes en 3 Variations (c. 2010)

Pascal Dusapin, composer
Anssi Karttunen, cello

(first recording)
1:48 play
17 Colombi Variation (c. 2010)

Kimmo Hakola, composer
Anssi Karttunen, cello

(first recording)
3:28 play
18 Chiacona – after Colombi (c. 2010)

Tan Dun, composer
Anssi Karttunen, cello

(first recording)
1:35 play
19 Tiny Colombi (c. 2010)

Marc Neikrug, composer
Anssi Karttunen, cello

(first recording)
1:04 play
20 Locus on Colombi’s Chiacona (c. 2010)

Joji Yuasa, composer
Anssi Karttunen, cello

(first recording)
1:24 play
21 Arietta (after Colombi) (c. 2010)

Ryan Wigglesworth, composer
Anssi Karttunen, cello

(first recording)
1:21 play
22 Drammatico (c. 2010)

Colin Matthews, composer
Anssi Karttunen, cello

(first recording)
1:23 play
23 Dreaming Chaconne (c. 2010)

Kaija Saariaho, composer
Anssi Karttunen, cello

(first recording)
3:23 play
24 Preludio e Ciaccona (c. 2010)

Ivan Fedele, composer
Anssi Karttunen, cello

(first recording)
2:18 play
25 Idée Fixe (c. 2010)

Vinko Globokar, composer
Anssi Karttunen, cello

(first recording)
5:11 play
26 Variation sombre e libre d’après Chiacona (c. 2010)

Gualtiero Dazzi, composer
Anssi Karttunen, cello

(first recording)
3:37 play
27 Idulla (‘germinating’) (c. 2010)

Tapio Tuomela, composer
Anssi Karttunen, cello

(first recording)
1:24 play
28 A Fancy for Anssi (c. 2010)

Betsy Jolas, composer
Anssi Karttunen, cello

(first recording)
2:06 play
29 A Variation (c. 2010)

Miroslav Srnka, composer
Anssi Karttunen, cello

(first recording)
1:51 play
30 Anssimmetry (c. 2010)

Luca Francesconi, composer
Anssi Karttunen, cello

(first recording)
2:31 play
31 Duello (‘Duel’) (c. 2010)

Magnus Lindberg, composer
Anssi Karttunen, cello

(first recording)
2:40 play

Artists

Giuseppe Colombi, composer

Jouni Kaipainen

Jouni Kaipainen, composer

Martin Matalon

Martin Matalon, composer
[credit: Patricia Dietzi]

Roger Reynolds

Roger Reynolds, composer

Denis Cohen

Denis Cohen, composer
[credit: Isabelle levy]

Jukka Tiensuu

Jukka Tiensuu, composer
[credit: Lehtikuva]

Steven Stucky

Steven Stucky, composer
[credit: Hoebermann Studio]

Esa-Pekka Salonen

Esa-Pekka Salonen, composer
[credit: Katja Tähjä]

Edmund Campion

Edmund Campion, composer

Rolf Wallin

Rolf Wallin, composer
[credit: Benjamin Ealovega]

Pablo Ortiz

Pablo Ortiz, composer

Paavo Heininen

Paavo Heininen, composer
[credit: Sarah Vuorjoki Fimic]

Anders Hillborg

Anders Hillborg, composer
[credit: Martin Chalifour]

Fred Lerdahl

Fred Lerdahl, composer

Veli-Matti Puumala

Veli-Matti Puumala, composer
[credit: Chess]

Pascal Dusapin

Pascal Dusapin, composer

Kimmo Hakola

Kimmo Hakola, composer
[credit: Sami Tirkkonen]

Tan Dun

Tan Dun, composer
[credit: Nana Watanabe]

Marc Neikrug

Marc Neikrug, composer

Joji Yuasa

Joji Yuasa, composer
[credit: Tokyo Opera City]

Ryan Wigglesworth

Ryan Wigglesworth, composer

Colin Matthews

Colin Matthews, composer

Kaija Saariaho

Kaija Saariaho, composer
[credit: Maarit Kytîharju Fimic]

Ivan Fedele

Ivan Fedele, composer

Vinko Globokar

Vinko Globokar, composer

Gulatiero Dazzi

Gualtiero Dazzi, composer
[credit: Jean Christophe Dorn]

Tapio Tuomela

Tapio Tuomela, composer

Betsy Jolas

Betsy Jolas, composer

Miroslav Srnka

Miroslav Srnka, composer
[credit: Thomas Dashuber]

Luca Francesconi

Luca Francesconi, composer
[credit: G. Zucchiatti]

Magnus Lindberg

Magnus Lindberg, composer
[credit: Sara Vuorjoki / FIMIC]

Anssi Karttunen

Anssi Karttunen, cello
[credit: © Muriel von Braun]

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