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Helmut Lachenmann: Chamber Works

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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, requiring the performers to play their instruments utilizing unusual techniques, making for both compelling listening and viewing.

Lachenmann both performs in and supervised these recordings with Ensemble Signal, one of America's leading New Music ensembles. In addition to performing as narrator in "Zwei Gefuhle," Lachemann also is the soloist for three of his piano works.

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



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