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PESTOVA, X.: On the Impossibility of Reflection / Being and Becoming / Schattenklavier (Shadow Piano) (Pestova)

PESTOVA, X.: On the Impossibility of Reflection / Being and Becoming / Schattenklavier (Shadow Piano) (Pestova)

The Classical Shop
release date: July 2014

Originally recorded in 2013

Artists:

Xenia Pestova

Soloist

Scott Wilson

Soloist

Lou Bunk

Soloist

Andrew Lewis

Soloist

Derek Hurst

Soloist

John Young

Soloist

Katharine Norman

Soloist

Venue:

Elgar Concert Hall, Bramall Music Building, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom

Venue

Streetlight Sound, Somerville, Massachusetts, United States

Venue

Record Label
Innova

Genre:

Instrumental


Classical

Total Time - 68:10
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PESTOVA, X.: On the Impossibility of Reflection / Being and Becoming / Schattenklavier (Shadow Piano) (Pestova)

     
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SCOTT WILSON

1 

On the Impossibility of Reflection

10:18
  Scott Wilson Soloist
     
 

LOU BUNK

2 

Being and Becoming (version for toy piano and electronics)

13:47
  Lou Bunk Soloist
     
 

ANDREW LEWIS

3 

Schattenklavier

15:36
  Andrew Lewis Soloist
     
 

DEREK HURST

4 

An Wem: Notes from Underground

05:48
  Derek Hurst Soloist
     
 

JOHN YOUNG

5 

X

12:21
  John Young Soloist
     
 

KATHARINE NORMAN

6 

Fuga Interna (begin)

10:20
  Katharine Norman Soloist
     
 Xenia Pestova Soloist


 This debut solo release from Xenia Pestova follows on the heels of her piano duo recordings of seminal works by Stockhausen and Cage for Naxos Records, and brings together six carefully-crafted new works for keyboard instruments and electronics in an intricate and seductive blend of unusual sonorities and shimmering hues. Far from being “effects” or tools for processing instrumental sound, the electronic identities blend and interact with the acoustic sounds in the same way that complex technologies extend our minds in daily life, becoming transparent and inseparable from our selves.

 
Pestova has been specialising in contemporary repertoire with extended techniques and new technologies, in particular works for piano and live electronics. This album builds on the pianist’s close collaborative links with six leading electronic music composers and also introduces the toy piano, a keyboard instrument with an unusual history.Taken doubly out of context, this children’s toy assumes the role of a fully-fledged concert instrument with its own body of virtuosic repertoire post-John Cage’s Suite of 1948, crossing over into non-standard spaces and performance modes through the addition of computer processing techniques.
 
"On the Impossibility of Reflection" by Scott Wilson exploits the idea of mutating delay lines and resonance in an improbable game of call and response between the piano and the computer. Lou Bunk’s "being and becoming" is a Zen-like meditation on a quiet cell played with subtle variation on the fragile toy piano and blossoming in a surprising development. Andrew Lewis’ "Schattenklavier" (shadow-piano) contemplates life and death and pays homage to Stockhausen, quoting and transforming the piano part of "Gruppen" in counterpoint with an electronic counterpart. Derek Hurst’s "An Wem: Notes from Underground" is a short and crunchy statement in three interconnected movements, again on the toy piano, while "X" by John Young has the pianist weave intricate Messiaenic harmonies around a flexible electroacoustic sculpture. The concluding "Fuga Interna (begin)" by Katharine Norman is a poem of memory, childhood piano lessons and loss of her mother as well as the loss of memory; connecting the past, present and future.
 
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