HERMANN MEIER (1905-2002): Stücke: for Large Orchestra, for Orchestra with 2 Pianos (Dominik Blum, Tamriko Kordzaia [pianos], Basel Sinfonietta; Jürg Henneberger. Rec. Jan 24. 2010), for Piano, Electric Organ and Harpsichord and for Piano Four-Hands (Ensemble Neue Horizonte Bern. Rec. Feb. 2, 1985).
Catalogue Number: 02M104
Label: Musiques Suisses
Reference: MGB CD 6268
Description: These works from the 1960s offer a glimpse of an uncompromising and unrepentant modernist, one who rejected the establishment (having first been rejected, repeatedly and harshly, by it), who, after detailed studies of dodecaphony with Wladimir Vogel continued to write serially organised music without much concern for accessibility, nor any real expectation of being performed. Whether for orchestra or ensemble, these works consist of blocks of sound - quite literally, arranged thus graphically according to strict organisational principles - which are 'filled in' with the various parameters of music - tone color, rhythm and volume - and then played in mathematically determined combinations. The materials are sometimes clusters, sometimes chords (which not infrequently have a non-functional chromatic, Messiaenic quality) and stabbing interjections from brass or organ which produce highly formalised patterns, highly dissonant and not tonally beguiling in the manner of (at least the more recent manifestations of) minimal music, yet having something in common with its emphasis on the exhaustive combinations of fragmentary cells over considerations such as harmony or melody.