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Australian composer Georges Lentz's 60-minute solo guitar work Ingwe (an Aboriginal word meaning night) is an extraordinary achievement. Here, heavy metal meets musical metaphysics, as shrieking amplified sound clashes with the spirituality of Indigenous Australian cultures. Conceived as part of an open-ended cycle of compositions, it is at once a nod to guitar heroes such as Jimi Hendrix, and a monumental meditation on the human condition.
Ingwe is Naxos's second disc of Lentz's music and features excellent notes from Richard Toop who gives a valuable guide through to the work.
Banks gives a masterful interpretation of this dark yet compelling work, subtly twisting the shapes through tonal shifts and chiaroscuro. Naxos has slowly morphed from a simple budget label into a default site for interesting and progressive recordings, and this powerful disc is no exception.
American Record Guide
The structure of the work is coherent, and if you find the concept interesting, you may want to hear this. Guitarist Zane Banks performs like an expert. He is trained in classical and jazz guitar and is active in the new music scene in Australia.
Very polished performance by a talented young Australian guitarist, Zane Banks. Quie a feat to have such a long virtuoso piece under your belt, and Banks does it with bravura. Someone to watch out for [BTW you can see him talk about the work in an interesting if somewhat rambling 5 part YouTube doco about Ingwe - type in "Georges Lentz Ingwe".
Georges Lentz is a composer who writes slowly and deliberately, but when he does have something new, it always seems to be MASTERPIECE, so definitely worth the wait. One of the really great composers writing today, and one of his most important works. Very highly recommended.
The wildness of certain sonorities is opposed to the infinite gentleness of other techniques which offer barely audible sounds, shadows of far-away ghosts, echos of transparent reverberations; and Lentz's construction (he was born in Luxembourg but has long been living in Australia) is rigorously classic/contemporary. Try this without preconceived ideas - your ears won't believe it.
Recording information: Recital Hall East, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydn (02/03/2009); Recital Hall East, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydn (02/09/2008); Recital Hall East, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydn (02/15/2009-02/16/2009).
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Works DetailsLentz, Georges : Ingwe (from Mysterian, "Caeli enarrant..." VII), for electric guitar
- Performer: Zane Banks
- Running Time: 58 min. sec.
- Period Time: Contemporary