IAN WILLCOCK (b.1959): Grave (James Wood [conductor]), MARK ANDRE (b.1964): Ni (Rupert Huber [conductor]), KAIJA SAARIAHO (b.1952): Graal Théâtre (Hannah Weirich [violin], Peter Rundel [conductor]).
Catalogue Number: 01M084
Reference: WER 6856 2
Description: Willcock's Grave is deliberately chaotic; associated with an image of Sigmund Freud on his deathbed, the piece seems to evoke the roiling disorganization of the unconscious, full of shadowy, unacknowledged monstrosities. The composer creates his expanded sonic palette by transcribing for acoustic instruments electronically distorted sounds. Extended techniques and unorthodox instrumentation (a lion's roar, electric guitar, tearing paper) contribute to the work's unusual soundworld. Andre's piece - the title is an abbreviation of 'nach innen' (toward the inside) - also makes extensive use of extended techniques and noise effects, as well as unorthodox sound producers (aluminum foil, styrofoam and debit cards (but not, apparently, credit cards) used as plectra. The piece consists of seven strongly contrasting movements, with every sonorous detail the key to an inner landscape. Saariaho's 'Grail Theatre' is based on the much-retold and varied legend of King Arthur. The composer describes the violin as wandering 'through different landscapes, leaving footprints behind'. The work is as theatrical as the title suggests, the virtuosic solo part telling a tale of adventure, longing and conflict. MusikFabrik.