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Helmut Lachenmann

Helmut Lachenmann

Zwei Gefühle and Solo Works

  • Type CD
  • Label Mode Records
  • UPC 0764593025221
  • Catalog number MODE 252
  • Release date 13 January 2017
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About the album

Zwei Gefühle – Musik mit Leonardo (1992) for ensemble
Helmut Lachenmann, narrator
Ensemble Signal, Brad Lubman, conductor

Pression (1969-70) for cello solo
Lauren Radnofsky, cello

Weigenmusik (1963)
Guero (1970)
Ein Kinderspiel (1980) for piano solo
Helmut Lachenmann, piano

Violin and viola players whisper over their instruments. A guitarist waits with the closest attention for the moment to make a gesture we might easily have missed. The tuba player rises to go over to the open piano, there to send sounds echoing into its interior. Two cellists, bowing with heavy pressure down near the tailpiece, produce an urgent rasping. From the timpanist comes the sudden fortissimo that seems to shock the music to a standstill...

Renowned German composer Helmut Lachenmann’s music is expressive in extraordinary ways, as this description of Zwei Gefühle attests, requiring the performers to play their instruments via unusual techniques.

Lachenmann performs in and supervises these recordings with Ensemble Signal, one of America’s leading New Music ensembles. In addition to performing as narrator in “Zwei Gefühle,” the composer is also the soloist for three of his piano works.

These studio recordings followed an intensive 4 concert tour of this program. Lachenmann taught each musician in Ensemble Signal his language of techniques individually for this project.

Liner notes by Paul Griffiths. With texts in English, German and French.

First in a series of Lachenmann on Mode Records.

“The audience whooped and cheered after every work.” – Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times, reviewing the Miller Theatre concert.

Also available on DVD with full video and surround sound.


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