OLIVIER GREIF
The Battle of Agincourt for 2 cellos / String quartet n°2 with voice upon 3 Shakespeare Sonnets

(2010, ZigZag Territoires)

Patrick Langot and Syntonia had the chance to meet Olivier Greif as soon as they left the CNSMP and had the audacity to embark on the creation of the titanic quartet n. 4 Ulysses one month before the composer's death in 2000 and which they engraved at Triton in 2002. Greif's creative freedom and his musical eclecticism fascinated Patrick Langot and his ensemble. The Battle of Agincourt for 2 cellos is based on Anglican quotes from the 14th century, a chaconne, a song from the Warsaw ghetto and is inspired by a ballad by Keats ... The excellent Alain Buet sings in quartet no. 2 these Shakespearean sonnets on the passage of time, death (perhaps foreseen - according to his relatives - at that time by Olivier Greif). The Langot and Vesterman duo - ardent defenders of contemporary music - give life to this other meditation on death, that of the battlefields of Agincourt (1415) at the Warsaw Ghetto.

"Two fascinating works, previously unreleased and a hot reminder: Greif's music can, in three notes, open an abyss under your feet, a whirlwind which brings the listener to nothingness or propels him in bright light. [.. .] Every second, Patrick Langot and Agnès Vesterman camp intensely as executioners or victims. " - Classica

PERFORMERS

  • Agnès Vesterman & Patrick Langot, cellos

  • Syntonia Quartet

  • Alain Buet, baritone

AWARDS

  • 5 Diapasons

  • **** Classica

  • Choice of France Musique

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