Label: Mode - mode 126 • Series: Edition Christian Wolff - Volume 5 • Format: CD Album • Country: US • Genre: Classical • Style: Contemporary
Complete Works for Violin and Piano 1. This disc collects all of Wolff's works for violin and piano for the first time. The composer attended the recording sessions.
Duo for Violinist and Pianist written for Kenji Kobayashi and David Tudor is made of structural parts which are flexible, repeatable and whose sequences are determined by cues - a particular Christian Wolff - Sabat* / Clarke* - (Complete Music For Violin And Piano) or length of silence - which, as the player reaches the end of structural part determines what should be played next.
There is no fixed score relating the two instruments, so each performance will be different. Two contrasting performances are presented here, each recorded in one take. This Lamps Collapsing - Hundred Reasons - Singles Club 2 work has 24 sections which can be thought of as a collection of poems in a cycle.
Some of the material is drawn from folk songs and built around explicit, melodic lines. These audiophile recordings were made in high resolution bit sound.
They have been playing together since Liner notes are by Christian Wolff. REVIEWS: Christian Wolff Complete Works for Violin and Piano Mode From the s to now, much of Christian Wolff's delicate and undemonstrative music has been fashioned as opportunities for variable interaction between the performers, who must make choices that affect their musical relationship as well as shape the composition itself. In the notes to this release he suggests that the Duo For Violinist and Pianist becomes a conversation, as each instrumentalist follows their own chart of possible events that ultimately influence, but cannot totally control, one another.
In the more expansive, more thoroughly notated Pebblesthe instruments converse in whispers and forthright statements, at times interrupting and continuing the other's point, and occasionally agreeing to sing together. Their material, Christian Wolff - Sabat* / Clarke* - (Complete Music For Violin And Piano) simple diatonic fragments of unrecognizable folk songs to small, jagged chromatic comments, may be biting or poignant but it's the commitment of the performers that counts.
This latter was written for Marc Sabat and Stephen Clarke who perform it hereand is for the most part fully notated and precisely coordinated, though the musicians are periodically required Unconscious - Stereo MCS* - MP3 Collection proceed independently, and the duration of pauses is often left to the performers' discretion.
There's a certain austerity to its two-part counterpoint and, from time to time, a rather old-fashioned motoric chugging to its rhythmic regularity, but it sustains its minute duration without flagging. Curiously, the earlier "Duo" - heard here in two extremely different versions, one seventeen minutes long, the other less than six - sounds more abstract, more "modern", as it were: while "Pebbles" makes no use of so-called extended techniques, the surface of the piece is peppered with odd abrasive scrapes, unconventional bowing effects and occasional leaps into the bowels of the piano.
As my ancient vinyl recording of the work performed by its original dedicatees Kenjo Kobayashi and David Tudor is showing its age rather badly, I'm delighted to see Jeph Jerman - Exploded View fine new CD out and about.
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