Larcher, Thomas - Naunz

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"First there's the bottom line, which is an hour's worth of consistently high-grade invention. Innsbruck-born Larcher is still under 40 and a complete one-off. Those who have heard his ECM CD where Schubert and Schoenberg Klavierstücke alternate will also know that as a pianist Larcher makes the most of dramatic juxtapositions. He does much the same in his own works. Both "Naunz" (1989) and "Noodivihik" (1992) employ a partly prepared piano. The use of silence is as sudden - and as telling - as the loudest struck chord. And you must treat the long silent pauses that trail certain tracks as part of the musical scheme, not as an editorial oversight. Larcher's variety of touch, his attack and capacity for tonal colouring, not to mention his uncanny ability to draw single notes from chaotic musical surroundings, is quite remarkable. His music can be as cold or as dangerous as black ice, and as quietly serene as Arvo Pärt. His driving ostinatos recall Bartók of the "Three Etudes", while at other times bold, wholesome chords hint at Copland."Vier Seiten" is a solo cello elegy for the ill-fate dracing driver Ayrton Senna. You sense the impact, the horror and, ultimately, a horrible calm.
It's real music and Thomas Demenga connects with every note of it. Concentus Musicus's leader Erich Höbarth joins in for "Kraken" (1994-97), a variegated piano trio with a "bewegt" third movement that sounds as if it's been ripped from Bartók's "Diary of a Fly". And to close, there are the glacial, shuddering whispers of "Antennen-Requiem für H" (1999) - scrapes along the piano strings that in this context end the programme much as Chopin ends his "Funeral March Sonata", with a ghost in transit. Extraordinary. The piano sound is extremely realistic.

The first ECM album to feature Austrian pianist Larcher's taut and powerful compositions. He's previously been heard as an outstanding interpreter on his disc of Schoenberg/Schubert "Klavierstücke", on Michelle Markaski's "Elogio per un'ombra", and on Heinz Holliger's "Lieder ohne Worter". Hans-Klaus Jungheinrich: "Larcher's musical textures rely on the enormous expansion and compression of time, working with almost cinematic montage techniques, with cross-cuts, with rhythmic spans both long-arching and brief, with precisely calculated intensification and internal structuring. His music is clearly and securely shaped and radiates intellectual control...These pieces are the emanation of enormous concentration and intensity of experience."

Thomas Larcher, piano
Thomas Demenga, cello
Erich Höbarth, violin

Recorded November 1999

Artikelnummer ECM1747
Streckkod 0028946171820
Utgivningsdatum 2001-09-10
Kategori Klassiskt
Skivbolag ECM
Enhet CD
Antal enheter 1
Kompositörer Larcher, Thomas
Disk: 1
1 Naunz (1989) 13:38
2 Vier Seiten (1998) 06:44
3 Noodivihik (1992) 09:50
4 Klavierstück 1986 08:35
5 Kraken (1994-1997): I. schnell 01:27
6 Kraken (1994-1997): II. langsam 04:01
7 Kraken (1994-1997): III. bewegt 04:27
8 Kraken (1994-1997): IV. fließend 04:36
9 Kraken (1994-1997): V. schnell 02:32
10 Antennen-Requiem für H. (1999): I. 00:43
11 Antennen-Requiem für H. (1999): II. 01:05
12 Antennen-Requiem für H. (1999): III. 01:54
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