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Ichiko Aoba
with 12 Ensemble

Live at Milton Court, Barbican.

Recorded live during their 2022 concert collaboration at the Barbican, this album is breathtaking in its beauty. The foundation of the record lies in songs from Japanese folk singer Ichiko Aoba's "Windswept Adan", with brand new arrangements for string quintet.

 

released March 31, 2023

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Ichiko Aoba [vocals, guitar, organ]

Eloisa-Fleur Thom [violin]

Venetia Jollands [violin]

Connie Pharoah [viola]

Max Ruisi [cello]

Toby Hughes [bass]

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Death and the Maiden

The 12 Ensemble release their second album Death and the Maiden - a powerful and personal journey through an evolving musical landscape that highlights the unique voice and vision of London's pioneering un-conducted string orchestra.

With their own arrangement of Schubert’s iconic string quartet at its heart, the record features a brand new commission from newly-appointed ROH Composer in Residence Oliver Leith, alongside a poignant work by Tavener and a tribute to the ensemble’s time in Iceland with a heart-felt arrangement of a song by Sigur Rós.

released January 31, 2020

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Non Voglio Mai Vedere Il, Sole Tramontare
Oliver Leith

from Last Days

Alternative pop sensation Caroline Polachek and 12 Ensemble collaborate for this aria in Oliver Leith's acclaimed debut opera 'Last Days'. Based on the film by Gus vant Sant, the story depicts the final days of character Blake, based on Kurt Cobain. 

Music by Oliver Leith

Libretto by Matt Copson

released October 7, 2022

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Caroline Polachek [vocals]

12 Ensemble

Eloisa-Fleur Thom, Alessandro Ruisi,

Roberto Ruisi, Ellie ConstaMatt Kettle, Meghan CassidyMax Ruisi, Sergio Serra, Toby Hughes

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Ex:Re
with 12 Ensemble

live at Kings Place, London

Elena Tonra of Daughter resumes her Ex:Re moniker to present a spell-binding reinterpretation of her debut solo album, with 12 Ensemble and composer Josephine Stephenson.

Recorded live in concert at London's Kings Place in 2019, this unique collaboration heightens the emotion and vulnerability of Elena's heart-breaking songs.

released February 19, 2021

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Elena Tonra [vocals and guitar]

Josephine Stephenson [arranger, Piano and vocals]

 

12 Ensemble

Eloisa-Fleur Thom, Roberto Ruisi, Venetia Jollands, Yume Fujise,

Alessandro Ruisi, Oliver Cave, Charlotte Saluste-BridouxLuba Tunnicliffe, Freya Hicks,

Max Ruisi, Sergio Serra, Gabriel Abad 

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Visions Illuminées
Mary Bevan

Britten, Faure, Ravel, Chabrier, Duparc

“Bevan and the conductorless 12 Ensemble move as one organism as she glides mesmerisingly over their ebbing and flowing pulse. The heart of the recital is a radiantly searching performance of Britten’s Les illuminations" - BBC Music Magazine

 

released March 17, 2023

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Resurrection

12 ensemble's debut album 'Resurrection' is a powerful collection of four works for strings that transform the old into the new.

 

Alongside the premiere recordings of Kate Whitley’s ‘Autumn Songs’ and Bryce Dessner’s ‘Réponse Lutosławski’, the album features viola soloist Simon Rowland-Jones on Woolrich’s ‘Ulysses Awakes’ and opens with Lutosławski’s personal and emotional tribute to Bartók, ‘Musique Funèbre’. 

 

This debut release reflects the ensemble’s spirit of bringing a new sense of energy and exploration to established sounds and ideas. It highlights the ensemble’s unique commitment to approaching and exploring music with the depth and sincerity of a chamber group, coupled with the virtuosic individual strengths of all twelve musicians.” 

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"The 12 Ensemble render the entire programme with fearless resolve. An impressive debut"

Gramophone

 

"Polished readings... with rapt expressiveness"

Sunday Times

Released September 14, 2018

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