In Jarrell's music, one encounters this love for the craft of composition in the way he utilises instruments. This goes hand in hand with the concern to write not only for specific performers, but also with them, in a genuine process of collaboration. Such an approach is inseparable from the claim to expressivity, the claim of a subjectivity which has reconquered its own spontaneity, of a music that is more immediate, more transparent, at once carnal and sensitive.
Emmanuel Pahud* (flute) - Paul Meyer (clarinet) - François Leleux (oboe) - Hae-Sun Kang (violin) - Marino Formenti (piano) - Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Pascal Rophé (conductor)
* with permission of EMI Classics
Grand Prix de l'Académie Charles Cros 2007
Born in Geneva in 1958, Michael Jarrell studied composition at the Geneva Conservatory with Eric Gaudibert and at various workshops in the United States (Tanglewood, 1979). He completed his training with Klaus Huber at the Freiburg Staatliche Hochschule für Musik im Brisgau. [...]