CD Reviews

rlw – Fall Seliger Geister

June 7, 2013

CD Dirter / Black Rose At first I wondered how the title of this great new album from Ralf Wehowsky may reference that of Helmut Lachenmann’s second string quartet, which is named Reigen Seliger Geister. Not being a German speaker I did a quick web translation which revealed “seliger geister” to mean “blessed spirits”. This […]

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Friday 5th March

March 5, 2010

Although I have knocked a bit of a hole in the pile of CDs yet to be listened to recently, I am still very conscious that I have just lately been writing about CDs a week or two later than others might have done, and so just for a change, here’s a write-up of something very new, possibly not even released yet, on the excellent, somewhat prolific Entr’acte label. The disc in question is a duo work by Tomas Korber and Ralf Wehowsky named Walküren am Dornenbaum. It arrived a couple of days ago and I’ve been playing it a lot since. It is a piece of music that has clearly been considered and developed carefully, given that it uses source material recorded by the duo together back in 2006, but they have separately manipulated the soundfiles at a distance over the three years that followed. That said, the press release for the album claims that the CD “obliterates the borders between improvisation and composition, spontonaeity and careful planning.” How much the music achieves such an attempt at obliteration I am not sure, but certainly this is a thoroughly original, somewhat curious and decidely engaging set of six pieces of music.

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An early morning ramble

December 30, 2006

This morning after I had given up waiting for the sun to change the sky over Oxfordshire to any colour other than grey I went for a walk into the muddy, cold gloom of the countryside for a couple of hours. Along with warm coat, silly hat and walking boots I went armed with my […]

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