Per Nørgård: Secret Melodies

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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
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: 636943603727
  • Catalog Number: 8226037
  • Sales rank: 385,298

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Unendlicher Empfang, for 2 pianos - Per Nørgård & Rolf Hind (16:46)
  2. 2 Remembering, for piano - Per Nørgård & Rolf Hind (8:03)
  3. 3–5 Stadier, for solo piano - Per Nørgård & Rolf Hind (4:14)
  4. 4 Achilles and the Tortoise, for piano - Per Nørgård & Rolf Hind (10:20)
  5. 7–9 Das Unenthüllte, for violin and piano - David Alberman & Rolf Hind (11:59)
  6. 10–14 The Secret Melody, sonata for solo viola (from "Libro Per Nobuko") - David Alberman & Per Nørgård (14:09)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rolf Hind Primary Artist
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