Coll Converses with Wagner

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With its rich, autumnal timbral palette, Coll’s transcription of Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder for mezzosoprano and ensemble displays remarkable artistry and all the precision and delicacy of a watercolourist.

Intricately dovetailed string textures are deftly weaved out of the original accompaniment whilst contrabassoon, alto flute, and muted brass lend the songs stranger hues that subtly evince Coll’s own voice. Premiered by Christiane Iven and the Ensemble intercontemporain conducted by Matthias Pintscher at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw in October, this characterful 20-minute orchestration is available for performance from late 2016.