new to stock as of
june 7th, 2013
|m=minimal (germany) #minimal 017 cd|
ernstalbrecht stiebler “ton in ton” compact disc
- ton in ton (23:38)
- torso (7:52)
- organa minima (6:30)
- cantus (5:41)
- betonungen (14:49)
|may 2013 release ; ... second release on m=minimal of german “minimalist” ernstalbrecht stiebler’s compositions, with two chamber pieces book-ending a trio of organ pieces ...|
|m=minimal press release...|
[ton in ton]
m=minimal continues its series of ernstalbrecht stiebler releases with “ton in ton” (tone on tone). born in berlin in 1934, he is considered to be one of the few “grandmasters” to musically capture so much with so little means. his music is quiet and gentle, yet fearless. colorful without a dominant brilliance. it is emphatic, but avoids showing up. it unfolds organically with a willful beauty. meanwhile, contrast and suspense arise from within tones and sounds, paving the way to a calming liveliness. this can be 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 the 20th-century classical music in germany in 1965. until recently, his works were appreciated by just a few. fortunately, this has slowly started to take a turn 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.
throughout its existence in over 25 years, the “ensemble modern” has released compositions of some of the most outstanding composers in the 20th century. artists such as helmut lachenmann or frank zappa either wrote pieces for the ensemble or allowed their works to be played by it. among the admirers of ensemble modern are sakamoto and alva noto. 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” (accentuations) from 1968 is available as bonus track on the cd. it is worth mentioning that an audible perspective of stiebler’s evolution can be achieved by comparing both organ works “torsi” and “betonungen”.