Ensemble Resonanz has been named OPUS KLASSIK 2020 Ensemble/Orchestra of the Year for Tenebre, its album of music by Bryce Dessner. Hosted by the Verein zur Förderung der Klassischen Musik, the OPUS KLASSIK is among Germany’s premiere music prizes, selecting the cream of the year’s musical talent across 25 categories.
The result of close collaboration between Dessner and the Hamburg-based ensemble, Tenebre was released in October 2019 on Ensemble Resonanz’s own label and features a selection of Dessner’s most significant works for string orchestra:
Aheym - Dessner’s original decade-old composition for the Kronos Quartet,released for the first time in an orchestral version. A masterpiece fraught with emotions,the piece bristles with energy and brute force that encapsulates Dessner’s music.The award ceremony for the OPUS KLASSIK 2020 will be held on October 18 2020 in the Berlin Kozerthaus.
Tenebre - reworked into an enrapturing orchestral work featuring the vocals of the exceptional talent Moses Sumney, offers listeners a deeply spiritual and ethereal experience.
Lachrimae - Dessner’s first composition for string orchestra is an ode to themusical worlds of the Renaissance musician John Dowland and Bartók’s Divertimento.
Skrik Trio - the premier recording of this piece, which was co-commissioned by Steve Reich and Carnegie Hall for the composer’s 80th birthday.
Listen to the album: