Ergodos announces the release of I Call to You, a new record of music inspired by music by Baroque master Johann Sebastian Bach, and performed by the Dublin-based group Ergodos Musicians. A project conceived in the darker moments of Ireland’s financial crisis, this is music that underlines a sense of hope, and renewal.
The album features music by Irish artists Garrett Sholdice, Benedict Schlepper-Connolly, Jonathan Nangle and Simon O’Connor, composed after Bach’s sublime organ chorale prelude ‘Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ’ (BWV 639). Bach’s graceful counterpoint, itself based on a pre-existing Lutheran hymn, recurs across the record like a memory – each time different, each time reconsidered.
At first this memory is rendered in transcription, simple and direct. Then in Nangle’s hands it is clothed in a sparse elegance. O’Connor allows the memory to emerge, submerge and re-emerge within a steadfast processional. And finally, Sholdice presents it hollowed out, scored for piano alone. Within this, both Schlepper-Connolly and Sholdice (the curators of the project) offer new songs on aspects of the original German hymn — old prayers in new light.
The music of I Call to You is performed with exceptional sensitivity by Ergodos Musicians, featuring some of the most refined and eclectic musicians working in Ireland today: vocalist Michelle O’Rourke, clarinettist Jonathan Sage, violinist Clíodhna Ryan, cellist William Butt and pianist Michael McHale.
Recorded at Castalia Hall, Ballytobin, County Kilkenny, I Call to You is presented with funding from the Arts Council Music Recording Scheme, managed by Music Network.
…perhaps the most important record of new Irish music released this year. ★★★★★ — RTÉ Ten
The whole is unified by a wistful mood: slow, delicate pieces for two or three instruments, sometimes with voice, all atmospherically recorded with a bit of nostalgic distance. — The Sunday Times
…characteristically intelligent, inquisitive and full of altogether beguiling sounds. With Baroque sensibilities left intact, the overall tone here is contemplative and quietly celebratory … one of the year’s most beautiful and moving discs ★★★★★ — Classical Ear
Ergodos play sometimes challenging compositions with a competence and devotion that allows for the listener to become immersed in them, rather than feel alienated. Although metres change and tonal centres disappear, Erdogos play with a delicacy which is very pleasing for the listener. — David Scott, GoldenPlec.com