A House Of Call

my imaginary notebook, 2022
© ECM Records
© ECM Records

Ensemble Modern Orchestra, conductor Vimbayi Kaziboni

A House of Call is a cycle of invocations, prayers, poems and songs for large orchestra. It incorporates recordings of sounds and voices from all over the world collected by Heiner Goebbels during his travels, research, and chance encounters. The cycle is a response to the history of these recordings and to their complexity, rawness and radiance. In this secular “responsorium”, the orchestra accompanies and supports the voices, answers and challenges them.

I Stein Schere Papier
1 Introitus (A Response to Répons) 09:24
2 Immer den gleichen Stein 06:51
3 Under Construction 08:33
II Grain de la voix
4 Nu Stiri 06:50
5 Agash Ayak 08:33
6 1346 06:10
7 Krunk 06:30
III Wax cylinders and violence
8 Toccata (Vowels/Woven) 06:14
9 Achtung Aufnahme 03:29
10 Nun danket alle Gott 03:09
11 Ti gu go Inîga mî (Some of them say) 07:14
IV When words gone
12 BakakI – (Diálogo) 05:00
13 Schläft ein Lied in allen Dingen04:26
14 Kalimérisma 10:01
15 What When Words Gone 07:39


Favorites of 2022: Heiner Goebbels and Ensemble Modern – A House of Call (Review, en)
20 December 2022, Christian Carey, Sequenza 21

The mesmerising innovations of Heiner Goebbels (Review, en)
Simon Duff introduces the German avant-garde composer
18 November 2022, Simon Duff, Morning Star

Finden und Erfinden (Review, de)
Heiner Goebbels und das Ensemble Modern verbindet eine jahrzehntelange Zusammenarbeit.
16 November 2022, Dirk Wieschollek, NMZ Neue Musikzeitung

Goebbels, trasformazione e composizione (Review, it)
Un compositore è uno che scrive musica sua. Pensa una successione di suoni e la trasforma in una successione di segni su un pentagramma. A volte in tempi recenti fa [...]
15 October 2022, Mario Gamba, Il Manifesto

Heiner Goebbels „A House of Call“ Ensemble Modern, Vimbayi Kaziboni (Review, de)
Heiner Goebbels ist von jeher ein wandelndes Bündel und Lexikon verschiedenster Sprachen, Stimmen, Stile.
15 October 2022, Guido Fischer, Rondo

Klassik-CD: "A House of Call" von Heiner Goebbels (Review, de)
Die Favoriten der Woche
7 October 2022, Egbert Tholl, Süddeutsche Zeitung

Heiner Goebbels: A House of Call review – fascinating work, mesmerisingly performed (Review, en)
5 stars for: Beckett, Rumi and first-world-war prisoners are referenced in Heiner Goebbels’ diverse score that incorporates chanting, jazz-rock, rhythmic dislocations and delicate solos
9 September 2022, Andrew Clements, The Guardian

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