Mauricio Kagel: Das Konzert; Phantasiestück; Pan / Michael Faust, flute

> Das Konzert - Das Konzert
> Phantasiestuck for flute and piano - Phantasiestuck for flute and piano
> Pan - Pan
> Phantasiestuck for flute and piano with accompaniment - Phantasiestuck for flute and piano with accompaniment

Album Summary

>Kagel, Mauricio : Das Konzert, for solo flute, harp, percussion & strings
>Kagel, Mauricio : Phantasiestuck, for flute & piano (with optional accompaniment)
>Kagel, Mauricio : Pan, for piccolo & string quartet
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Arriving in Europe from Buenos Aires in 1957, Mauricio Kagel soon developed his own subversive and theatrical musical aesthetics. Performed here by the work's dedicatee, Das Konzert is his typically oblique response to writing a flute concerto, ranging from spectral atmospheres to hectic confrontation. The humor of Pan is clear from the outset, with its invocation and parody of Mozart's Papageno. The two contrasting versions of Phantasiestück show the composer's trademark wit at its keenest. The title refers to the influence of Schumann on Kagel. Michael Faust is currently serving as Principal Flautist with the WDR Symphony-Orchestra Cologne. He was the first German musician to win the Pro Musicis award in New York, and many composers have written works for him, including Peteris Vasks, Gunther Schuller and Mauricio Kagel. Patrick Gallois enjoys international careers as both soloist and conductor. He conducted his own orchestra in Paris and in 2003 was appointed Musical Director of the Sinfonia Finlandia Jyvaskyla, with which he now regularly tours and records.

Fanfare Magazine, September/October 2012
this is a mixed bag, but as always with Kagel, the music is fertile and tickles with its humor and sideways slant on classical tradition. The performances are excellent, and give the music everything it demands and deserves.



Reviews

Modernist sound poet
KagelÕs music is often referenced in terms of its theatricality and absurdist edge, but this reading tends to overshadow his very significant musical gifts. Kagel was one of the masters of the postwar avant-garde, and deserves to be ranked with more well-known names like Berio, Boulez, Ligeti, Stockhausen. KagelÕs music was experimental, audacious and uncompromising, but rarely inaccessible, especially from the 1980s until his death in 2008. The works for flute collected here are especially lyrical and inviting, synthesizing traditional harmonic and melodic impulses within a modernist, personal vernacular. The music is extraordinarily affecting, and rewards the attentive listener with a kaleidoscopic array of moods and textures. Highly recommended.
Submitted on 05/12/12 by Dean Brierly 
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Works Details

>Kagel, Mauricio : Das Konzert, for solo flute, harp, percussion & strings
  • Performer: Michael Faust (Flute)
  • Conductor: Patrick Gallois
  • Ensemble: Sinfonia Finlandia Jyvaskyla
  • Notes: Suolahti Hall, Jyväskylä, Finland (05/03/2010-05/07/2010)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: circa 2002

>Kagel, Mauricio : Phantasiestück, for flute & piano (with optional accompaniment)
  • Performers: Paulo Alvares (Piano); Michael Faust (Flute)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1987-1988

>Kagel, Mauricio : Pan, for piccolo & string quartet
  • Performer: Michael Faust (Piccolo)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Contrasts Köln
  • Running Time: 4 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: circa 1985

>Kagel, Mauricio : Phantasiestück, for flute & piano (with optional accompaniment)
  • Performers: Paulo Alvares (Piano); Michael Faust (Flute)
  • Conductor: Robert Platz
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Contrasts Köln
  • Running Time: 17 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1987-1988