KLAUS HUBER (b.1924): Ein Hauch von Unzeit VIII for 4 Cellos, Transpositio ad infinitum for Solo Cello, Lazarus for Cello and Piano, Rauhe Pinselspitze for Cello and Korean Percussion, ...ruhe sanft... for 4 Cellos and Voice, Partita for Cello and Harpsichord.

Catalogue Number: 08M108

Label: Aeon

Reference: AECD 1089

Format: CD

Price: $17.98

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Description: This usefully gathers together the cello output of this major figure of the post-war contemporary music world, mostly in world premiere recordings. Deeply expressive, and based on the most meticulous serial techniques as well as structures and techniques from mediæval and Baroque forms, Huber's music is as rewarding as it is challenging. The intricate and complex tribute to Sacher, on his 70th birthday, Transpositio is based on a potentially infinite series of transpositions of Sacher's name, all given their own identity, from the harshest extended methods to whispering noise textures to frank melody, and everything between, in a display piece of the utmost virtuosity. Lazarus employs the sonorities of direct contact on the piano strings, with the role of the cello alternately gently poetic and amorphously noise-textured, and sometimes, paradoxically, both. Rauhe Pinselspitze pairs the cello with traditional Korean drum, in tribute to the 75th birthday of Isang Yun in 1992; the cello employs a 1/3-tone scale to emulate a traditional Korean instrument. Both ...ruhe sanft ... and Ein Hauch use four cellos, here multitracked by the same performer; the one has an abstract dreamlike quality, with vocalisations and breath sounds; 'A Breath of Timelessness' is a complex recreation of a theme of Purcell, employed and varied as a note-row in many transpositions and variants. The early (1954) Partita comes as a bit of a shock; neo-Baroque and Stravinskyan or Hindemithian, and very unlike Huber's mature style, it is nonetheless a finely wrought and accomplished suite of contrasting movements. Alexis Descharmes (cello), Sébastien Vichard (piano, harpsichord), Jean-Baptiste Leclère (buk).


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