Anais Nin | De Staat


An exciting start to a new orchestral collaboration for Signum Records, this disc is the first of a new series with the London Sinfonietta – one of the world’s elite contemporary music ensembles with a reputation built on the virtuosity of its performances and ambitious programming. This live recording brings together the UK premiere of Anaïs Nin, a new work for soprano and small ensemble, alongside his famed work De Staat.

Anaïs Nin is a monodrama based on the diaries of the same famed author, as well as those of her lovers (Antonin Artaud, René Allendy, Henry Miller and her own Father). A sometimes disturbing tale of desire and passion, Andriessen felt that the music should “closely track the irony, despair and passion of this brilliant, many-sided woman.”

De Staat remains one of Andriessen’s supreme achievements, an epic rechannelling of Stravinskyan rhythmic energy into his own raw-edged minimalism – The Guardian

Don’t get too bogged down in trying to comprehend Andriessen’s long-winded attempts to explain what the piece is about – just enjoy the noise. It’s fantastic – The Arts Desk


Louis Andriessen
London Sinfonietta
David Atherton conductor

Cristina Zavalloni soprano
Synergy Vocals

RELEASE DATE: 03/10/2011
BARCODE: 635212027325


1. Artaud

2. Allendy

3. I await my father

4. Father story

5. The seduction

6. Strange days

7. The seventh day

8. Henry was tired

9. Basque song


10. Beginning

11. Choir 1

12. Choir 2

13. Choir 3

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