Per Nørgård: Secret Melodies

Per Nørgård: Secret Melodies

by Rolf Hind
     
 

Danish composer Per Nørgård's music for piano is refreshingly free from dogmatic allegiance to a particular system or school of thought. It feels organically imagined and develops according to its own logic rather than any conventional expectations. Nørgård is not afraid of repetition and the use of extended ostinatos, but he is clearly not a minimalist -- the… See more details below

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Danish composer Per Nørgård's music for piano is refreshingly free from dogmatic allegiance to a particular system or school of thought. It feels organically imagined and develops according to its own logic rather than any conventional expectations. Nørgård is not afraid of repetition and the use of extended ostinatos, but he is clearly not a minimalist -- the repeated patterns are part of a larger scheme that ultimately sounds more kaleidoscopic than systematic. In "Unendlicher Empfang" (1997), for two pianos and four metronomes, the music builds to a kind of frenetic speed and level of complexity that brings Nancarrow to mind, and "Achilles and the Tortoise" echoes similar irrational rhythmic relations that are hugely demanding for the performer but thoroughly engaging for the listener. "Remembering" (1989), like "Stadier" (2002), is for solo piano and is atmospherically evocative but musically simpler than the duet, and has a strong mystical element created by the performer's spectral-sounding whistling. British pianist Rolf Hind performs with effortless virtuosity, joined by pianist Nicolas Hodges in the piece for two pianos. Hind's own "Das Unenthüllte" (2003) for piano and violin alternately moves each of the instruments into the extremes of the aural foreground or background, to a ghostly effect. Violinist David Alberman performs the Hind and Nørgård's solo sonata "The Secret Melody," (1993) with conviction and full mastery of the extended techniques both pieces require. Dacapo's excellent sound is realistic, vibrant, and well-balanced.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/20/2007
Label:
Dacapo
UPC:
0636943603727
catalogNumber:
8226037
Rank:
197520

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Tracks

  1. Unendlicher Empfang, for 2 pianos  - Per Nørgård  - Rolf Hind  - Nicolas Hodges  - Denise Burt
  2. Remembering, for piano  - Per Nørgård  - Rolf Hind  - Denise Burt
  3. Stadier, for solo piano  - Per Nørgård  - Rolf Hind  - Denise Burt
  4. Achilles and the Tortoise, for piano  - Per Nørgård  - Rolf Hind  - Denise Burt
  5. Das Unenthüllte, for violin and piano  - Rolf Hind  - David Alberman  - Rolf Hind  - Denise Burt
  6. The Secret Melody, sonata for solo viola (from "Libro Per Nobuko")  - Per Nørgård  - David Alberman  - Denise Burt

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Rolf Hind   Primary Artist

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