HANS OTTE (1926-2007): Das Buch der Klänge.
Catalogue Number: 12M072
Description: 'The Book of Sounds' is an extended work in 12 sections, which mainly seeks to establish the piano as a source of resonant, meditative, largely consonant musical textures. In this it falls somewhere between minimalism and new Spirituality, and will likely appeal to devotees of either. Much of the material is of an hypnotic process-music flavor, sometimes referencing Glass or Reich, though the most pervasive comparison is certainly Simeon Ten Holt's Canto Ostinato. A few sections have a more New Simplicity or New Age-oriented meditativeness, and several others depart from the minimalist formula in the direction of highly chromatic Messiaenic harmonies, though still used in the relatively static style of minimalism. Ralph van Raat (piano).