PASTORAL 21 GABRIEL PROKOFIEV (b.1975)/ LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN (1770-1827). Ludwig van Beethoven : Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68 ‘Pastoral’ I. Erwachen heiterer Empfindungen bei der Ankunft auf dem Lande. Allegro ma non troppo (Arr. M. G. Fischer). Gabriel Prokofiev: Breaking Screens - Green Into Red - Fivatak - ChangeUp - 6. Sad Colours 1 7. Memory Fields 8. Reflessivo Ludwig van Beethoven (Arr. M. G. Fischer) : Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68 ‘Pastoral’ V. Hirtengesang, frohe und dankbare Gefühle nach dem Sturm. Allegretto. Gabriel Prokofiev : Pastoral Reflections. I. Allegro ma non troppo (escape into nature) - II. Andante con moto (nature reserve with canalised stream) - III. Allegro Mechanico (mega-farm, cyber village) - IV. Vivace (sturm) - V. Allegretto (stadtpark, faint hopes). Breaking Screens - Mobocracy Gabriel Prokofiev composer, synthesisers, electronics; UNLTD Collective (Songha Choi, violin ; Çiğdem Tunçelli Sinangil, violin ; Martin Moriarty, viola | Kinga Wojdolska viola ; Alfredo Ferre, cello | Antonin Musset, cello. Pastoral 21 was premiered at the 2021 Verbier Festival by Gabriel Prokofiev and the UNLTD Collective. With the support of Julius Baer, UNLTD presented Pastoral 21 in Glasgow during the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) and throughout Switzerland the following spring to coincide with Earth Day celebrations. This recording of Pastoral 21 was made following the project’s premiere in London in October 2022.

Catalogue Number: 04Z032

Label: Signum

Reference: SIGCD761

Format: CD

Price: $20.98

Description: “Today, the concept of ‘pastoral’ is bittersweet. We can still experience the beauty of nature, but the traces of humanity and industry are always present, and the spectre of the ever- increasing climate crisis is looming.” Gabriel Prokofiev Pastoral 21 is a project conceived by Gabriel Prokofiev and UNLTD – a creative lab powered by Verbier Festival that aims to shake up how we experience music. Taking a cue from Beethoven, who was inspired by the Viennese countryside to compose his Pastoral Symphony, Gabriel recorded sounds of nature in the Swiss alps as a starting point for a suitable response to this iconic work. He asked himself what nature meant to Beethoven and what kind of Pastoral work can composers write today given the challenges we face on our planet? The resulting work, Pastoral Reflections, became the foundation for an hour-long sound and music project called Pastoral 21 that juxtaposed Beethoven’s symphony, in an arrangement for string sextet by M. G. Fischer, with Gabriel’s Breaking Screens project—an exploration of consumerism, digital life, and impending crisis.


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