Christian Wolff: 8 Duos / Frederic Rzewski, piano; Joey Baron, percussion; Kim Kashkashian, viola; Reinhold Friedrich, trumpet

Album Summary

>Wolff, Christian (I) : For Morty, for vibraphone, glockenspiel & piano
>Wolff, Christian (I) : For a Medley, for 2 percussionists
>Wolff, Christian (I) : Violist and Percussionist, for viola & percussion
>Wolff, Christian (I) : Percussionist 5, for 2 percussionists
>Wolff, Christian (I) : Rosas, for piano & percussion
>Wolff, Christian (I) : Pulse, for trumpet & percussion
>Wolff, Christian (I) : One Coat of Paint, for cello & percussion
>Wolff, Christian (I) : Duo 7, for melodica & percussion
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Since 1987 I have been making duos for percussion with another instrument. The first was a memorial piece for Morton Feldman, For Morty, in 1987, with piano. Then in 1990 Rosas, commissioned for the pianist Marianne Schroeder and the percussionist Robyn Schulkowsky. A few years later I met Robyn and began a working association with her that has now been ongoing for 18 years. Apart from a series of solo pieces, there have been duos, with viola (for Robyn and Kim Kashkashian), Violist and Percussionist (1996); with trumpet (for Reinhold Friedrich)), Pulse (1998); with cello (Rohan de Saram), One Coat of Paint (2004); and with percussion (Joey Baron), Percussionist 5 (2002) and For a Medley (2012). There is in addition a recent shorter duo with melodica, written for myself to play with her, Duo 7 (2007). The thread is percussion and the remarkable and distinctive playing and musicality of Schulkowsky, but also the other musicians, all of whom have extensive association with her and are of course of special distinction themselves. The whole set, which now extends over 25 years, reflects my compositional trajectory over that time, and provides a series of exceptional, indeed, for me, ideal performances.

American Record Guide, July/August 2013
These 8 Duos, by Christian Wolff (b 1934), are for various solo instruments and percussion. They were written from 1987 to 2012. For Morty [Feldman] (1987), for piano and percussion, is quiet and unassuming, with bell sounds giving the piece a glow. For a Medley (2012) is 11 minutes of quiet, interspersed with gaps of silence (a Wolff trademark). Violist [Kim Kashkashian] and Percussionist (1996) opens with pizzicato merging with drum taps, continues with longer notes accompanied by quiet pings and bonks, and contrasted with an occasional cheery dance. Percussionist 5 (1990), for two percussionists. Mr. Rzewski joins Ms Schulkowsky again in Rosas (1990), a five movement suite for piano and percussion. Pulse (1998) is for trumpet and percussion. After a dance (with a pulse), the music changes into little contrasting sections, all with notable humor. Disc 2 opens with the longest piece on the program, the 27-minute One Coat of Paint (2004), for cello and percussion. Wolff is known for his inventive notations, or more specific information on these individual pieces.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Robyn Schulkowsky's Studio in Berlin (2011-10-05_2011-10-06&2012-).



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Works Details

>Wolff, Christian (I) : For Morty, for vibraphone, glockenspiel & piano
  • Performers: Robyn Schulkowsky (Percussion); Frederic Rzewski (Piano)
  • Notes: Robyn Schulkowsky's Studio in Berlin (2011-10-05_2011-10-06&2012-)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1987

>Wolff, Christian (I) : For a Medley, for 2 percussionists
  • Performers: Robyn Schulkowsky (Percussion); Joey Baron (Percussion)
  • Notes: Robyn Schulkowsky's Studio in Berlin (2011-10-05_2011-10-06&2012-)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 2012

>Wolff, Christian (I) : Violist and Percussionist, for viola & percussion
  • Performers: Robyn Schulkowsky (Percussion); Kim Kashkashian (Viola)
  • Notes: Robyn Schulkowsky's Studio in Berlin (2011-10-05_2011-10-06&2012-)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1996

>Wolff, Christian (I) : Percussionist 5, for 2 percussionists
  • Performers: Robyn Schulkowsky (Percussion); Joey Baron (Percussion)
  • Notes: Robyn Schulkowsky's Studio in Berlin (2011-10-05_2011-10-06&2012-)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 2002

>Wolff, Christian (I) : Rosas, for piano & percussion
  • Performers: Robyn Schulkowsky (Percussion); Frederic Rzewski (Piano)
  • Notes: Robyn Schulkowsky's Studio in Berlin (2011-10-05_2011-10-06&2012-)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1987

>Wolff, Christian (I) : Pulse, for trumpet & percussion
  • Performers: Reinhold Friedrich (Trumpet); Robyn Schulkowsky (Percussion)
  • Notes: Robyn Schulkowsky's Studio in Berlin (2011-10-05_2011-10-06&2012-)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1998

>Wolff, Christian (I) : One Coat of Paint, for cello & percussion
  • Performers: Rohan de Saram (Cello); Robyn Schulkowsky (Percussion)
  • Notes: Robyn Schulkowsky's Studio in Berlin (2011-10-05_2011-10-06&2012-)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 2004

>Wolff, Christian (I) : Duo 7, for melodica & percussion
  • Performers: Christian Wolff (Melodica); Robyn Schulkowsky (Percussion)
  • Notes: Robyn Schulkowsky's Studio in Berlin (2011-10-05_2011-10-06&2012-)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 2007