ALBERT BREIER (b.1961): Der Weg und die Zeitfor Piano, Cello, Percussion, Violin, Flute and Clarinet.
Catalogue Number: 10L118
Label: New Classical Adventure
Description: Breier's composition has been influenced by Feldman, and listening to any 20-minute stretch of this 2-hour piece on might conclude that the two composer's intentions and sound-world are very similar. There is the same rapt contemplation of isolated sounds and textures, and the same distension of time; there is no sense of musical progression or contrast in material on the commonly accepted timescale of musical event or argument. However, over the longer span an important difference becomes apparent; Breier's piece does progress in several important ways, and the contrast between the beginning and the end is really quite marked. The overall pulse of the music always remains extremely slow, but layers of timbre build up successively, as instruments join in and higher pitches become more an accepted feature of the music. Bells in particular become increasingly important in the piece's later stages. By the end, a subtle and delicate landscape has emerged, quite unlike anything heard in at least the first hour, with fluttering bird sounds and delicate, distant temple bells. The composer has studied classical Chinese landcape painting in some depth, apparently, and some parallel may perhaps be drawn between those static, stylized panoramas and the closing pages of this work. Albert Breier (piano), Helmut Menzler (cello), Adam Weisman (percussion), Kirsten Harms (violin), Christian von Borries (flute), Udo Grimm (clarinet).