JÖRG-PETER MITTMANN (b.1962): ... mit Bach for Ensemble, Dona nobis pacem for Violin and Ensemble, Lamento for 7 Players, Kreuzgesang for Female Voice and 9 Instruments (Nicole Pieper [alto]), Passacaglia for 10 Instruments, Dem Unendlichen for Soprano and 6 Instruments (Katrin Bähre [soprano]).
Catalogue Number: 07R067
Reference: WER 6798 2
Description: These pieces follow a similar formula; an extended form of transcription in which familiar music is re-imagined in a drastically new context, not unlike recompositions by Enjott Schneider, or Bernhard Lang's Monadologies. The piece that presents the original material in the least transformed state is ...mit Bach, in which the familiar accompanying figuration of 'Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring' is accompanied by fragments of itself. The title Dona nobis pacem at first seems incongruous, as the piece begins with pointillistic fragments, some utilising extended techniques, that seem at odds with the idea of a prayer for peace. A fragile violin solo, very much in the background, weaves a meandering, lost melodic line. Little by little, though, a remarkable transformation takes place, and a beautiful, gentle, tonal passage emerges, its derivation from Bach and Beethoven gradually coming into focus. A similar process occurs in Lamento, which begins with noise textures and suddenly resolves into an unadorned transcription of Monteverdi, which continues against a re-emerging texture of extended sounds, now suddenly perceived as an unthreatening background of nature sound, or the textured canvas on which a picture has been painted. Kreuzgesang adds cut-up texts about the crucifixion to an analogous musical process, while Passacaglia constructs a new kind of timbral variation set around the fragmented theme from Bach's c minor Passacaglia. The reference point in Dem Unendlichen is Mahler's Kindertotenlieder, in a piece that examines the contradiction between divine compassion and human suffering. Ensemble Horizonte; Jörg-Peter Mittmann.