NICOLAUS A. HUBER (b.1939): Weisse Radierung for Orchestra (Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra; Peter Runder), "Mit etwas Extremismus" und einer Muskel-Coda for Oboe, Clarinet, Trombone, Percussion, Violin, Cello, Double Bass and 5 Drawers with 5 Cassette Recorders, Air mit "Sphinxes" for Chamber Ensemble, dasselbe ist nicht dasselbe for Snare Drum (Rainer Römer).
Catalogue Number: 05L126
Label: Coviello Classics
Reference: COV 61003
Description: Huber's reading in the most advanced scientific disciplines has led to musical realizations of such revelations as the fact that a table remaining a table overnight cannot be explained by the laws of physics, but by the table's lack of imagination. It will thus come as no surprise that he found one of Cage's freely variable graphic scores unpleasantly restricting, and the result is the extravagantly Cagean tribute 'Mit etwas Extremismus', with rattling chains, cassette recorders playing excerpts from Huber's own works, and a general sense of controlled anarchy (and it is controlled; it never degenerates into a noisy free-for-all). The orchestral piece is based on probability waves, and contains some impressive sonorities, not unrelated to tonality, though mostly unrelated to each other except through connections based on probabilities. 'Air' is an homage to Schumann's 'sphinxes', with Huber's material revealing itself in a variety of playing styles and textures, a 77-note melody. 'Dasselbe ...' suggests many aspects of the history of the snare drum, with its associations with marches, rituals, popular music, presented out of context, isolated. Throughout these works, there is a strong theatrical element and an implied sense of polemical purpose and argument. Ensemble Modern; Jukka-Pekka Saraste.