Andriessen: Anaïs Nin & De Staat

An exciting start to a new orchestral collaboration for Signum Records, this album 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'.

SIGCD273  75 minutes 4 seconds
'Louis Andriessen has never shirked the big subjects,and here are two of the biggest: politics and sex. De Staat (1972-76) is a hard-hitting classic referencing Plato and Brecht in the struggle betwee ...
The Independent