HERMANN KELLER (b.1945): Piano Sonatas Nos. 2 & 3, Keimblätter - Schumann Metamorphosen for Piano, Schumann Metamorphosen for Violin and Piano.
Catalogue Number: 01M079
Description: The two sets of Schumann-Metamorphoses consist of short sections which explore aspects of the Romantic vocabulary - and in particular, that of Schumann - instantly recognisable, though without direct quotation. These fragments are subjected to treatments that range from the addition of atonal counterpoints to extended playing techniques, including the ingenious interplay of direct contact on the strings with conventional playing, to absorption into clustered textures. Both the piano and in the duo work, the violin, have some degree of preparation applied at various points. Keller's second sonata uses no instrumental preparation or extended techniques. It consists of five contrasting movements; a slow movement based on a four-note cell treated to a variety of textural accompaniments; a limping, distorted quasi-minimal scherzo; a chromatic, melodic elegy, and a static introduction and highly dissonant rondo (the form clearly evident), ending with pounding clusters. The Third, by contrast, makes much use of preparation, extended technique and above all, the strange dissonances adn timbres afforded by the use of two instruments tuned a quarter-tone apart. Antje Messercshmidt (violin), Hermann Keller (piano).