Les Planètes / The Planets

As part of the Guitar Festival Alla Grande in March 2010, guitar students from the Conservatory of Music Gatineau and Ottawa University presented a concert entitled "Music of Oz: new horizons", performing pieces for guitar ensembles as well as solo pieces published by "Productions d'Oz" in order to discover new pieces and new composers in the classical guitar repertoire.

Students from the Conservatory of Music in Gatineau, with the help of a student at the University of Ottawa, played the 9 movement piece entitled "The Planets" by Jürg Kindle in an original concept: interpreters were positioned somewhat randomly on stage and played each of their own movement of the piece, being represented by a planet in the solar system. A projection of their planets also added some visual, creating an ideal atmosphere for the play.

"The Planets" Kindle is a piece of 9 movements representing the nine planets of the solar system in their respective order. Every movement shows a unique character, expressed by various techniques of the guitar. The result is a work of very inventive writing, accessible to a wide audience.

March 18 2010
Frieman Hall, Ottawa University

Mit diesem umfangreichen Werkzyklus von 40 Minuten Dauer hat Jürg Kindle die gitarristischen Möglichkeiten bis an die Grenzen ausgelotet. So wird die Gitarre in Pluto z.b. mit einem Streichholz präpariert. In Jupiter entführt die Open-Tuning Stimmung DAdaad in eine sphärische Dimension. Merkur ist ein hochvirtuoses Stück mit durchgehenden Bindungen der linken Hand, während die rechte Hand Flageolettöne erzeugt.Mars mit seinem vorwärtstreibenden Drive und vielen Taktwechseln steht im Gegensatz zur harmonischen Venus im 3/4 Takt. In Saturn und Uranus werden vom Spieler alle rhythmischen und perkussiven Fähigkeiten gefordert.(CD The Planets Jürg Kindle)

Das Werk "The Planets" wurde im März 2010 in Ottawa uraufgeführt von Studenten des "Conservatory of Music" und der "University of Ottawa"

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Jürg Kindle: Les Planètes
Steve Marsh, Classical Guitar Magazine

“Les Planètes is a nine-movement work, each movement representing a major planet from our own Solar System and appearing in the suite in order of distance from the Sun. Each one of the individually published pieces which make up this edition have all received separate reviews in the past from either myself or my colleague Chris Dumigan and as far as I can recall they have all been blessed with favorable reviews. Suffice it to say that here is a large-scale work for solo guitar containing some fine, clever, descriptive and inventive writing for the instrument and one which could provide one of the high-spots of any recital if played with enough conviction. Slight problems may arise in a couple of places due to the preparation involved. Jupiter for instance requires an “open” tuning of, from bass upwards, D, A, D, A, A, D (for ease of reading the piece is also given in Tablature) then it’s back to standard tuning once again for Saturn, a percussive piece requiring ten notational instructions. For the final movement, Pluto, the guitarist needs to insert a matchstick underneath the strings near to the bridge.
Is it all worth the effort? Well, yes it is. Compared to the soundscape which Gustav Holst created with his masterpiece for orchestra, Les Planètes doesn’t come close, but taken simply for what it is, a solo instrumental, the piece makes for highly entertaining listening/playing.
It is nicely presented with clearly printed notation, well fingered and an attractive front cover. Buying this complete album of the pieces rather than the individual productions will give you a saving of approximately 36 Euros.
Not to be sniffed at!”

 

VENUS for solo guitar by Jürg Kindle
Chris Dumigan , (Classical Guitar Magazine)

Like its companion Mars, this movement has no speed marking. A quick play through however implies that is to be played slowly and sensuously.
It begins in two voices on a sort of C6 arpeggio up around frets 7 and 8 utilising various open strings along the way.

 

JUPITER for solo guitar by Jürg Kindle
Chris Dumigan , (Classical Guitar Magazine)

The third in this continuing series is devoted to Holst's Bringer of Jollity, Jupiter; although, l have my doubts as to whether our composer here feels the same about Jupiter as Holst did.
The piece is entirely to be played in a very strange tuning 1st to D, 2nd and 3rd to A, 4th to D, 5th to A and 6th to D, but before that has you racing for the nearest exit, let me explain that Kindle has kindly included a tablature underneath the notation.

 

MARS for solo guitar by Jürg Kindle
Chris Dumigan, (Classical Guitar Magazine)

Mars begins around an octave D idea using a detuned 6th, the open 4th and the 5th fret of the 5th resounding against one another. Add in some pull-offs to an A and some hammer-ons from a C to D and you get the basis of the first idea.

 

MERCURE for solo guitar by Jürg Kindle
Chris Dumigan, (Classical Guitar Magazine)

This tiny piece is marked prestissimo, so you know you are in for a really tough ride, technically speaking, especially when you try to negotiate the multiple hammer-ons and pull-offs that are an integral part of the main idea.

 

PLUTON for solo guitar by Jürg Kindle
Steve Marsh , (Classical Guitar)

The arrivaI of this new edition through the post basically led to
answering a question I posed a while ago when I reviewed this
composer's work Terre (Earth). I noticed that Jürg Kindle had already
composed Saturn and wondered whether we guitarists were going to be
treated to a mini “Planets Suite”. Well, a quick check of the
publisher's web-site now reveals that we do indeed have the nine major
planets which make up the Solar System.

 

 

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Les Planètes / The Planets

Les Productions d'OZ Québec
DZ 1192

52 Seiten

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