Olivia Stahn & Tim Karweick

Bicinien

Corinne De Berne CDB001
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Wonderful debut release of Berlin-based, viny-only Corinne De Berne, a new label specialising in early classical music. Presented here are stunning recordings for two voices, interpreting compositions from the 14th to 17th century.

Two voices: a bicinium, a form of composition. In this case: sung melodies, two voices at the near limit of polyphony. An idea of harmony: each melody is for itself and each voice is for the other. Harmony, a quiescent distance between voices. The principle of harmony is distance.

The singers Olivia Stahn (soprano) and Tim Karweick (tenor) made a choice selection of bicinia from the 14th to the 17th century. The selection includes well-known spiritual songs reformed in bicinium form such as works by Michael Praetorius (1571-1621) and Caspar Othmayr (1515-1553). The pieces "Agnus Dei" and "Pleni sunt coeli" are both sections taken from a larger work, "Missa Pange lingua" by Josquin Desprez (1450-1521). Guillaume de Machaut's (1305-1377) "Riches d'Amour" is a love song.

Bicinien is the result of a wholistic production process: Stahn and Karweick's initial selection of pieces, the spacial constellation of their collective and individual voice, the space of Heilig-Geist-Kirche in Wohltorf, the recording techniques. Bicinien is not so much a document as a figural material pliable still for a new ear. Bicinien is released for the listener on vinyl.

Olivia Stahn & Tim Karweick: Bicinien

Wir glauben all an einen Gott Olivia Stahn & Tim Karweick
Riches d'amour Olivia Stahn & Tim Karweick
Singen wir aus Herzensgrund Olivia Stahn & Tim Karweick
Pleni sunt coeli Olivia Stahn & Tim Karweick
Agnus Dei Olivia Stahn & Tim Karweick
Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr Olivia Stahn & Tim Karweick
Nun bitten wir den Heiligen Geist Olivia Stahn & Tim Karweick
Mit Fried und Freud ich fahr dahin Olivia Stahn & Tim Karweick
Tota Die Olivia Stahn & Tim Karweick
Da Jesus an dem Kreuze stund Olivia Stahn & Tim Karweick

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