Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart (2013)

Mikkelborg

Michala Petri, Helen Davies, South Jutland Symphony Orchestra

Henrik Vagn Christensen

2 World premieres! An “Indie Classical production” Concerto for harp, recorder and string orchestra. Reflects the composer Mikkelborg's life-long journey, through the sonic realms of progressive jazz, contemporary classical and world music idioms. 

After a long absence, jazz patriarch Palle Mikkelborg, one of the undisputed founders of the Nordic Sound, returns with a full-length composition featuring the artistry of Helen Davies (harp), Michala Petri (recorder) and the strings of the South Jutland Symphony Orchestra conducted by Henrik Vagn Christensen. Conceived as a deeply personal “Ein Heldenleben” of sorts, Mikkelborg’s “Going To Pieces - Without Falling Apart” takes us on a journey through the “over-tones, where we all recognize each other’s deepest desires despite our more earth-bound differences.”

With more than a hundred published credits and a lifetime of extraordinary collaborations with the greatest creative musicians of the 20th including Gil Evans, Terje Rypdal, Ian Garbarek, Gary Peacock, Shankar, Don Cherry, George Russell, Dexter Gordon, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, and Bill Evans, not to mention his seminal Grammy award winning composition for Miles Davis, “Aura”, Mikkelborg is unquestionably one of the most influential and visionary voices in contemporary music. “Going To Pieces…” reflects his life-long journey, through the sonic realms of progressive jazz, contemporary classical and world music idioms.

The recording concludes with a special Bonus Track; “Afterthoughts” – a live improvisation on themes from “Going To Pieces…” featuring Mikkelborg’s trumpet and live electronics sensitively manipulated by master producer Thomas Li, the whole project, lovingly captured by Denmark’s wizard of sound, Preben Iwan.

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Michala Petri

Michala Petri has performed more than 4000 concerts in the worlds leading festivals and Concert Halls,and has broken down the boundaries of her instrument, the recorder. 

Her repertoire spans works from the Baroque, Classicism, Romanticism and extends into contemporary and improvised music. It is precisely this versatility that lies behind her special appeal as an artist. 

Her collaboration in the 90s on two cds with Keith Jarrett, gave her a latent interest in the art of improvisation, which is partly required in Baroque music, though within the narrow borders of the rules of that time. The collaboration was initiated by Keith Jarrett, who heard Michala play in concert at New Yorks Lincoln Centre and suggested that they at some point played something together - which let to two albums of Bach Sonatas and Handel Sonatas. Recently she has taken up playing fully improvised concerts, amongst others with Benjamin Koppel and Carsten Dahl. 

She has received the Leonie Sonning Music Prize, Europa Musicale Soloist Prize, three times the German ECHO KLASSIK Award, amongst others. She has recorded more than 70 cds, several having been Grammy-nominated. 

Artists with whom she has collaborated include Keith Jarrett, Sir Neville Marriner, James Galway, Gidon Kremer, Heinz Holliger, Henryk Szeryng, Pinchas Zukermann, Maurice Andre, Joshua Bell, Mahan Esfahani and Claudio Abbado. Among composers having composed for her are Sir Malcolm Arnold, Gordon Jacob, Per Nørgaard, Vagn Holmboe, Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen, Olav Anton Thommessen, Sunleif Rasmussen, Bent Sørensen, Steven Stucky, Joan Albert Amargos, Chen Yi, Bright Cheng, Ander and Thomas Koppel and Daniel Børtz. 

photo: Søren Solkær, from booklet

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Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart (2013)

Mikkelborg

Michala Petri, Helen Davies, South Jutland Symphony Orchestra

    The Classical Reviewer

“These artists draw so much colour and atmosphere from this unusual music”

    Klassik Heute 10/10 -

“Beautiful music for meditation, dreams and hope – performed clearly, directly and honestly. Music of our time, in the best sense of the word”

Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart (2013)

Mikkelborg

Michala Petri, Helen Davies, South Jutland Symphony Orchestra

Digital Converters: DAD AX24 converters/preamps
Editing Software: Pyramix DAW system with Tango Controller
Mastering Engineer: Preben Iwan | Mastering Engineer Tom Caulfield for the DSD 64, DSD 128 and DSD 256 at the NativeDSD Mastering Lab
Microphones: Microphone main array: 5x DPA 4006TL, 2x 4011TL microphones for surround, 2x Neumann KM184 & 2x DPA 4011TL for solo spot mics
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We are pleased to announce the availability of OUR Recordings releases in DSD 64, DSD 128 and DSD 256, as well as the original DXD recorded release.  These higher resolution DSD bitrates were produced from the original DXD recording using a Pyramix Digital Audio Workstation by NativeDSD Mastering Engineer Tom Caulfield.

The sonic advantage to these new Stereo DSD 64, DSD 128 and DSD 256 releases, as with all higher DSD bit rate releases, is the wider audio frequency passband prior to the onset of modulation noise.This results in allowing the listener’s DAC to use gentler and more phase linear filters for playback of the music.

Producer: Preben Iwan | Executive producer: Lars Hannibal
Recording location: Alsion Concert Hall, Sønderborg, Denmark, December 17-21, 2012 - Track 13 Afterthoughts recorded, produced and mixed in MyRoomStudio, Østerbro, Denmark by Thomas Li, January 2013
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DXD
Speakers: B&W 802 Diamond speakers

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Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart - I. The Dawn Chorus
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Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart - II. Morning Raga
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Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart - III. Sunrise
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Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart - IV. The African Girl
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Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart - V. Nightfall - A Summer Night
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Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart - VI. Chanting Monks
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Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart - VII. Gentle Summer Rain
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Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart - VIII. Spiritual Carousel
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Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart - IX. A Golden Mystery
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Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart - X. The Chinese Girl
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Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart - XI. Lullabies - While The Grown-ups - Talk
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Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart - XII. Shadow Waltz
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Afterthoughts
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