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Ton in Ton

Artist: Ernstalbrecht Stiebler
Ernstalbrecht Stiebler - Ton in Ton CD
Label: Minium
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Year: 2013
Format: CD


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Born in Berlin in 1934, he is considered to be one of the few "grandmasters" to musically capture so much with so little. His music is quiet and gentle, yet fearless. Colorful without a dominant brilliance. It is emphatic and unfolds organically with a willful beauty. Meanwhile, contrast and suspense arise from within tones and sounds, paving the way for a calming liveliness. This is evidenced in Stiebler's "Extension 1" (1964), which managed to capture the experts' attention. At this time, the composer was already dealing with reductionist composition techniques, creating works that would otherwise not be found during the era of 20th-century classical music in Germany in 1965. Until recently, his works were appreciated by just a few. Fortunately, this has slowly started to change and M=Minimal is delighted to be a part of it, helping his music reach new boundaries. The first composition for chamber orchestra "Ton in Ton" was a commissioned work for the Hanne-Darboven Foundation. It was played by the renowned chamber ensemble Ensemble Modern and conducted by Frank Ollu. The piece was composed by Ernstalbrecht Stiebler in 2011 and resembled the best features of a classic in the history of minimal music. Also worth mentioning is the organ composition "Torsi" from 2002. It was played by Stiebler's connoisseur Hans-Peter Schulz on the Heintz organ at the St. Stephan church in Konstanz, Germany. Comprised of three movements, "Torso," "Organa Minima" and "Cantus," the musical work has nothing in common with the modern garrulous organ works of the last century, in which the composition often plays an "exhibitionist" role for the organ. On the contrary, Stiebler's composition hovers effortlessly over the organ. His musical piece for organ "Betonungen" (trans. "accentuations") from 1968 is available as bonus track. The first Ernstalbrecht Stiebler album released by M=minimal received outstanding reviews from both within and beyond the 20th-century classical music community.
Ensemble Modern; Hans-Peter Schultz
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