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Saturday, January 26, 2013

New Release: Sonograms (Labor Records LAB 7090) Street Date: February 26, 2013



Mysticism, mathematics, musical watercolors and virtuosity from Eastern Europe and Germany

Sonogram is a graphic representation of a sound from the physical world that cannot be represented in conventional musical notation. Labor Records’ new release of music from Central and Eastern Europe takes the traditional media of recorder consort, string quartet and solo piano and, with the aid of non-traditional musical notation, evokes a post-modern musical world of introspection, numerology and mysticism.

A remarkable group of Eastern Europe composers is led by the Greek/French composer Yannis Xenakis whose legendary Evryali, one of his earliest works to be derived from mathematical processes and long considered nearly unplayable, is realized here in a dynamic virtuoso performance by the Bulgarian pianist Angela Tosheva. Two early works for winds by the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, among his earliest music in the tintinnabuli technique that made him famous, are realized here for recorder consort; they conjure up a mystical Eastern world that is at once very ancient and very modern. Music by the German composer, Walter Steffens (the only Western European composer in the group) includes his interpretations of four watercolors by Paul Klee interpreted in performance by recorder virtuoso Benedikta Bonitz playing multiple instruments. Works by Bulgarian and Polish composers Gheorghi Arnaoudov, Georgi Minchev and Pawel Szymański round out this unusual and inspiring program.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Eastern Europeans led by Yannis Xenakis whose legendary Evryali, long deemed nearly unplayabler, is realized here in a dynamic virtuoso performance by the Bulgarian pianist Angela Tosheva.
  • Two early works for winds by the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt (among his first music in the tintinnabuli technique that made him famous) for
    recorder consort.
  • Four watercolors by Paul Klee interpreted in music by the renowned
    German composer, Walter Steffens, long known for his interpretations of visual artists, and performed by recorder virtuoso Benedikta Bonitz
    playing multiple instruments.
TRACK LISTING

Gheorghi Arnaoudov 
(b. 1957)
1. Thyepolia (1997) 6:56
for tenor recorder and Khandjari (Tibetan drum with small bells)
Pawel Szymański (b. 1954)

2. Two Studies (1986) 11:25
for piano

Walter Steffens (b. 1934)
3. Ecstasy op. 2b (1936) 10:14
for string quartet

Arvo Pärt (b. 1935)
4. Arbos (1977) 6:38
for 7 recorders and 3 triangles ad lib.

Yannis Xenakis (1922-2001)
5. Evryali (1973) 11:06

CD is available from NAX
for piano
Walter Steffens
6-9. Four Watercolors after Paul Klee op. 63 (1991) 10:16
for solo sopranino, alto and tenor recorders

Georgi Minchev (b. 1939)
10-14. Sonograms (1980) 16:55
Five Concerto Reminiscences for Piano

Arvo Pärt
15. Pari Intervallo (1980) 3:55
for four recorders
1,2,4,6-9,15 – the original first recordings, first release
3, 10-14 – first CD release


CD Available From
Naxos USA

www.naxosusa.com


Labor Records Media Contact:
Jim Eigo Jazz Promo Services T: 845-986-1677 E-Mail: jim@jazzpromoservices.com
http://www.jazzpromoservices.com/