Soundscapes

Peter Knell composer

Ingeborg Danz alto
Peter Stein violin

Lyris Quartet
Alyssa Park violin
Shalini Vijayan violin
Luke Maurer viola
Timothy Loo cello

Release Date: July 8, 2022
Catalog #: NV6412
Format: Digital
21st Century
Chamber
Vocal Music
String Quartet
Violin
Voice

Award winning composer Peter Knell offers a deep dive into a number of his inspirations and formative experiences through a variety of orchestrations in SOUNDSCAPES from Navona Records. Expressed through solo violin, violin and vocal duo, and string quartet, Knell’s work encompasses the poetry of Pablo Neruda, the art of Rolf Stein, landscapes of his youth, and more. Dive in and become immersed in the natural imagery and sensations both Knell and these performers bring forth.

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Track Listing & Credits

# Title Composer Performer
01 Canciones de Agua: I. Trinó El Zorzal Peter Knell Ingeborg Danz, alto; Peter Stein, violin 3:40
02 Canciones de Agua: II. Perdón Peter Knell Ingeborg Danz, alto; Peter Stein, violin 6:33
03 Canciones de Agua: III. Gracias, Violines Peter Knell Ingeborg Danz, alto; Peter Stein, violin 1:47
04 Canciones de Agua: IV. Hoy Cuántas Horas Peter Knell Ingeborg Danz, alto; Peter Stein, violin 6:25
05 Canciones de Agua: V. Un Río Peter Knell Ingeborg Danz, alto; Peter Stein, violin 7:16
06 String Quartet No. 2: I. Kern River Peter Knell Lyris Quartet | Alyssa Park, violin; Shalini Vijayan, violin; Luke Maurer; viola, Timothy Loo, cello 5:13
07 String Quartet No. 2: II. Joshua Tree Peter Knell Lyris Quartet | Alyssa Park, violin; Shalini Vijayan, violin; Luke Maurer; viola, Timothy Loo, cello 6:43
08 String Quartet No. 2: III. Newport Beach Peter Knell Lyris Quartet | Alyssa Park, violin; Shalini Vijayan, violin; Luke Maurer; viola, Timothy Loo, cello 4:41
09 Seven Last Words: I. Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do Peter Knell Peter Stein, violin 1:59
10 Seven Last Words: II. Verily I say thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise Peter Knell Peter Stein, violin 2:01
11 Seven Last Words: III. Woman, behold thy son! – Behold thy mother! Peter Knell Peter Stein, violin 1:14
12 Seven Last Words: IV. My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? Peter Knell Peter Stein, violin 1:50
13 Seven Last Words: V. I thirst. Peter Knell Peter Stein, violin 2:15
14 Seven Last Words: VI. It is finished. Peter Knell Peter Stein, violin 1:50
15 Seven Last Words: VII. Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit. Peter Knell Peter Stein, violin 2:19

TRACKS 1-5
Recorded on February 27, 2014 at Evangelische Kirche in Honrath, Germany
Session Producer/Engineer Martin Frobeen

TRACKS 6-8
Recorded on August 27, 2021 at Allegro Studios in Burbank CA
Recording Session Producer/Engineer Matt Snyder

TRACKS 9-15
Recorded in July 2001 at Valve-Hearts-Studios in Cologne, Germany
Session Producer/Engineer Martin Frobeen

Executive Producer Bob Lord

Executive A&R Sam Renshaw
A&R Director Brandon MacNeil
A&R Jacob Smith

VP of Production Jan Košulič
Audio Director Lucas Paquette
Mastering Melanie Montgomery

VP, Design & Marketing Brett Picknell
Art Director Ryan Harrison
Design Edward A. Fleming
Publicity Patrick Niland, Aidan Curran
Content Manager Sara Warner

Artist Information

Peter Knell

Composer

Praised as “gratefully idiomatic” (Los Angeles Times) and for its “subtle virtuosity” (MusicWeb International), Peter Knell’s music is meticulously crafted for instruments and voices. He is deeply invested in musical structure as a crucible to intensify the affective experience. Knell’s music has received numerous national and international awards and has been commissioned by the Fromm Music Foundation, Ying Quartet, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Barlow Endowment, and Lyris Quartet.

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Notes

Canciones de Agua is a setting of five poems from Pablo Neruda’s The Sea and the Bells1. “Trinó el zorzal” is a description of a sunset, but the imagery is strangely martial. “Perdón” is an ars poetica disguised as an apologia for the poet’s monotony and lack of vision. “Gracias, violines” is a beautiful ode to the violin. “Hoy cuántas horas” depicts the remorselessness of time and the eventual dissolution of all things. The finale, “Un río,” describes a river, starting small in the mountains and descending through wild rapids into a broad slow river as it reaches the sea. The piece is a tour de force for the violin, which characterizes the river in all its transformations, from the gurgling stream to its wild youth to its maturity, finally evaporating into a shimmering mist.

String Quartet No. 2 (Three California Landscapes) was made possible by a generous grant from the Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard University. The titles reference experiences from my youth. Kern River was the site of a white-water kayaking trip; the music evokes the bustling of the river and the gliding between rapids. Joshua Tree is a desert park; the music suggests the stillness and fantasy of the desert night. Newport Beach was the site of several vacations, the highlight of which was the boardwalk known as the “fun zone,” complete with carnival rides and video arcades.

Seven Last Words was commissioned by the German violinist Peter Stein to accompany a display of a series of paintings by his father, Rolf Stein. The work is a series of seven short movements, each of which responds to the corresponding painting.

Peter Knell

1 Used by kind permission of the Fundación Pablo Neruda.