Undisputedly brilliant in jazz and rock at all times, the percussion in all its diversity is proving more and more predestined for new music.
Leonie Klein, a stirring artist in this field, offers here, partly in duo with Isao Nakamura, a compact, carefully compiled selection of today's music for percussion instruments.
A solo version of Peter Eötvös's percussion concerto "Speaking Drums" is performed in true virtuoso style by the interpreter, with the voice of the percussionist joining the sounds of the drums. Vinko Globokar's "Dialog über Erde" experimentally exposes instruments to water, even in a small aquarium - a subtly elemental event. In Sara Glojnarić’s "Latitudes #2", the soloist on the drum set then enters into a breathtakingly virtuoso duel with artificial rhythm impulses from the tape. In Dai Fujikura's "Chattering Birds", the duo gives an astonishing demonstration of how much music is possible while radically reduced to finger cymbals. In Ursula Mamlok's "Variations and Interludes", again arranged for solo by Leonie Klein, the form emerges between the groups of instruments, and Hosokawa's "Windscapes" explores the contrast between vertical accent beats and horizontal sweeping and scratching sounds. And finally, Uroš Rojko's "Ritem kože", after many changes of perspective, constitutes the aesthetically homogeneous virtuoso conclusion to this album.
Coproduction with Südwestrundfunk, SWR2. With the kind support of Kunststiftung Baden-Württemberg and Dwight und Ursula Mamlok-Stiftung.
Peter Eötvös: Speaking Drums. Four poems for percussion solo and orchestra (arranged for percussion solo by Leonie Klein)
Vinko Globokar: Dialog über Erde for percussion solo
Sara Glojnarić: Latitudes #2 for drumset and tape
Dai Fujikura: Chattering Birds for two percussionists
Ursula Mamlok: Variations and Interludes for four percussionists (arranged for percussion solo by Leonie Klein)
Toshio Hosokawa: Windscapes for two percussion players
Uroš Rojko: Ritem kože (The Rhythm of Skin) for two percussionists