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Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: Zeitkratzer Records zkr012
Release Year: 2011
Note: Fourth in the "old school"-series, working on five pieces from STOCKHAUSENs "Aus den sieben Tagen" - cycle, which is a precisely organized text composition without a single given note
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"The internationally acclaimed 'hilarious releases' [vital weekly] of zeitkratzer records go on. This is the fourth release in the series [old school]. The first three CDs, dedicated to the music of John Cage [zkr0009], James Tenney [zkr0010] and Alvin Lucier [zkr0011] have been highly acclaimed. London's Wire Magazine wrote: 'The rigour and discipline they collectively bring to this compositions make both discs utterly enthralling, from start to finish.' The new release is dedicated to the music of Karlheinz Stockhausen.' 'I do not want a spiritualistic session. I want music.' Karlheinz Stockhausen is one of the most outstanding composers of the 20th century. After his early super organised compositions as Gesang der Jnglinge, Kontakte or Studien 1 and 2, he realised 'Aus den Sieben Tagen' ('From the Seven Days') as a precisely organised text composition. Not one single note is written, but it is exactly defined, what kind of material the musicians should choose, - and how they shall play it. Length, tempi, etc are not given. zeitkratzer had the chance to work on this pieces in Ljubljana in spring 2011, and tried to develop the approach to interpret the texts as precisely as possible, what means in a traditional way of score-reading. As Stockhausen pointed out: 'musical meditation is not sentimentality, but ultra alertness and - in the lightest moments - creative ecstasy.' Set Sail for the sun!' Zeitkratzer under the direction of Reinhold Friedl with Burkhard Schlothauer (violin), Anton Lukoszevieze (cello), Ulrich Phillipp (doublebass), Reinhold Friedl (piano), Marc Weiser (electric guitar), Christian Lillinger (percussion), Frank Gratkowski (clarinet), Hild Sofie Tafjord (French horn), Hilary Jeffery (trombone) and Martin Wurmnest (sound). 5 pieces taken from Stockhausen's intuitive music cycle 'Aus den Sieben Tagen' (1968) : 'Unbegrentz', 'Verbindung', 'Nachtmusik', 'Intensitt', 'Setz die Segel zur Sonne'." [label info]


"Apart from some of his fifties electronic works, I have never been a great fan of the music of Karlheinz Stockhausen. Perhaps I didn't hear enough or perhaps I simply don't understand a lot of it. In the sixties he composed a piece 'From The Seven Days', which consisted of open ended instructions for the players, such as 'play a vibration in the rhythm of the universe/play a vibration in the rhythm of dreaming//play a vibration in the rhythm of dreaming/and slowly transform it/into the rhythm of the universe/repeat this as often as you can'. A very fluxus way of composing music, but his ensemble would in return ask for partial authorship of the piece for this composition and quickly Stockhausen returned to notating his pieces accurately. For 'From The Seven Days' stands as a bit of an odd-ball in his oeuvre, but its not difficult to see why its so attractive for the musicians of Zeitkratzer to perform this piece. They love performing such open ended pieces on their extended instruments (violin, violoncello, double bass, piano, electric guitar, percussion, clarinets, french horn, trombone), since many of the players have a background in improvised music, and this sort of score leaves enough space for them to play with the notes. Its highly irrelevant to say whether these five pieces, are 'accurately' played, its 'just' an interpretation of whatever is possible and I think Zeitkratzer deliver and outstanding job, especially in 'Setz Die Segele Zur Sonne', a long, dense piece of glissandi played with a sinister undercurrent. The other pieces are shorter, and offer a variety of insights: moody, loud, fierce, introspective. An excellent performance all around." [FdW/Vital Weekly]