KAIJA SAARIAHO (b.1952): The Tempest Songbook (Olivia Vermeulen [mezzo], Peter Schöne [baritone]), STEFFEN SCHLIERMACHER (b.1960): Das Tosen des staunenden Echos, MICHAEL WERTMÜLLER (b.1952): Antagonisme contrôlé (Peter Brötamann [saxophone, Dirk Rothbrust [drum set], Marino Pliakas [electric bass]).
Catalogue Number: 07V054
Reference: WER 6868 2
Description: Stormy sounds of widely varying "wind quality" blow through the pieces on this new CD by Edition Musikfabrik. In Schleiermacher’s “The roar of the amazed echo” the paradox of a "roaring stillness" unfolds in a kind of cantus firmus - echoing ritual recitations from Laos - which meanders between the various instruments and moves towards its finale with sonic force. Saariaho’s storm references are more literary in nature: Shakespeare’s "The Tempest" serves as a backdrop for her Songbook of the same name and provides the lyrics for the pieces. In Antagonisme contrôlé the storm takes place in the formal structure of the work, where the opposing but complementary vortices of free jazz and new music collide: Peter Brötzmann - one of the leading free jazz artists of today - together with Ensemble Musikfabrik’s percussionist, Dirk Rothbrust on drum set, and Marino Pliakas on e-bass create a high pressure system to face the headwind of the full ensemble. Ensemble Musikfabrik; Jean Deroyer, Emilio Pomarico, Christian Eggen.