MAURICIO KAGEL (b.1931): Pandorasbox (Mauricio Kagel [bandoneon, voice]. Rec. 1965), Tango Alemán (Kagel [voice], Alejandro Barletta [bandoneon], Jorge Risi [violin], Carlos Roqué Alsina [piano]. Rec. 1978), Bestiarium (Beth Griffith, Mesías Maiguashca, Kagel [whistles]. Rec. 1976), (Hörspiel) Ein Aufnahmezustand (Peter Brötzmann [reeds, voice], Heinz-Georg Thor [bass], Michael Vetter [voice, recorders], Alfred Feussner [voice, noises], Deborah Kagel, William Pearson [vocals], Mauricio Kagel, Christoph Caskel [drums, voice]. Rec. 1969), Ludwig van (on DVD. Film 1969). English subtitles. 5.1 surround. 4:3 screen-size).
Catalogue Number: 12I090
Label: Winter & Winter
Reference: 910 128-2
Description: The first disc has two pieces for bandoneon, one a quasi-improvised, freely notated work which makes use of the bandoneon's peculiar non-linear layout of keys and two-instruments-in-one construction, the other a more or less conventional tango (with highly emotive non-verbal vocals by the composer) which is both an affectionate tribute and a parody of the Argentinean night-club dance form. Then we have a half-hour piece for bird calls - whistles that imitate specific bird sounds. Kagel's exquisitely apposite choices of the combinations of these odd squeaks, booms and flutings turns this unlikely prospect into a genuinely involving and atmospheric evocation of some imaginary wilderness. Hörspiel is a montage of sounds recorded by a variety of participants under Kagel's supervision and then mixed and edited into a kind of cut-up assemblage, musique concrète style. The result suggests an abstract drama in which identifiable events occur and some sort of narrative seems to be taking place, but just out of the reach of the audience's comprehension or ability to place them in context. Ludwig van is Kagel's 90-minute 'report' on Beethoven, a free-wheeling quasi-documentary that abounds in surrealism-lite imagery, a profusion of provocative ideas and a fair bit of plain silliness. Visually sometimes suggesting Buñuel, sometimes Greenaway, sometimes Monty Python, the black-and-white film has Beethoven arriving by train in modern-day Bonn, touring a record factory, revisiting the Beethoven House Museum and so on. The soundtrack mainly consists of Kagel's arrangements of passages of Beethoven's music made to sound clumsy but shockingly dramatic, as though played by performers to whom they are bewilderingly new, with the participation of the increasingly deaf and frustrated composer. 2 CDs. 1 DVD. Limited edition, numbered copies (3000 total).