Liberated from traditional scale passages and gestures, Aperghis’ particular brand of energetic filigree is unfurled across four piano works.
Using synthesized tones recalling the electronic age’s dawn, Perpetuum Mobile, Zagny’s minimalist four-voice study on cadential figures with wrinkles, takes 24:30 to unspool when all four voices are superimposed.
Plucking introduces the nine plucked string instruments gradually, completing a grid governed by mathematical patterns.
There are countless moments in Plötzlichkeit and La Terre est un Homme where I would not have been surprised if a page turn had transported us to Berg’s Reigen.
Reicha’s 57 dawdle upon an insipid ditty. It is a lot of work for player and audience to make it to the end.
You might think that the Italians invented music, such is their constant reassessment of the past.
Atopos curates astonishing collections which must be sought out. Including this installment, we have covered everything that this unfamiliar label has released thus far.
Cage and Feldman criticize the river’s flow while standing in the middle of it. They talk about art and music, about creating and teaching, about how things just aren’t what they used to be.
These four high-wattage pieces are invigorating and brilliantly executed.