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Offline Mandryka

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Mahnkopf Straße
« on: May 23, 2020, 02:09:31 AM »
Can I kick this off by asking if anyone can let me have a scan of the booklet for this extraordinary CD, if it contains anything interesting (I like psycho-metaphysical spiritual poetic babble the most.)




Hommage à Kurtag gives the impression of being complicated music, with lots of space, lots of air, lots of opportunity for the gestures to breath, and I like that. I have a feeling that this is music to revisit many times. It feels rich and strange, a challenge and a joy to grasp, like op 131 or Ferneyhough 6.

Mahnkopf's is an original voice as far as know. Yes there may be  intimations of Barraqué - but only slightly (the silences of the sonata, the textures of the concerto.)  Maybe the guitar writing owes something to Ferneyhough - but maybe not.

But I can say this much, if you have the taste for Barraqué and Ferneyhough, this is worth hearing.
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Re: Mahnkopf Straße
« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2020, 08:46:14 AM »
I have now seen the booklet for the above CD and have learned that Hommage a Kurtag is inspired by Kurtag's  Grabstein für Stephan, which I just heard for the first time in a performance with Abbado at the helm.

What to say. The Kurtag is wonderful and so is the Mahnkopf . . . and the debt that Mahnkopf owes to Kurtag is really palpable. I don't know whether that detracts from his achievement . . . That being said the Kurtag lasts for less than 10 minutes and the Mahnkopf lasts for more than an hour . .  . 

It also turns out that Mahkopf's Kurtag cycle is bigger than the music on the CD, it includes

Hommage a Gydrgy Kurtag for guitar and ensemble
Kurtag-Duo for 2 guitars
Todesmusik I for 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, cimbalom and percussion 
Todesmusik II for 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, cimbalom and 2 percussionists
Hommage a Mark Andre for cimbalom
Kurtag-Cantus I—IV for clarinet in A; piccolo; violin; horn


I'm not sure if all of these pieces are available to hear, Kurtag Cantus II is available here at least

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Re: Mahnkopf Straße
« Reply #3 on: November 23, 2020, 02:02:07 AM »
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Intimations of Nono in parts I think, but there’s some distinctive music nonetheless I think, void—un delitto italiano—Un epitaffio.
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« Reply #4 on: November 23, 2020, 02:45:45 PM »
<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/gk0ILSoEHI4" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" class="bbc_link bbc_flash_disabled new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/gk0ILSoEHI4</a>

This is very strange to hear at home. Gun shot. Music made of explosions and metal noises. But there's a lot of it. It's not really suitable for home listening I think

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Upon my first visit to the Jewish Museum in Berlin I noticed a specific acoustic, especially
in the "Holocaust Tower". In December 2002 I visited the museum to record sounds there and
in one of the "Voids", where Menashe Kadishman's installation Fallen Leaves was located.
I subsequently worked with these recordings at the Experimentalstudio des SWR in Freiburg,
resulting in the spatial composition void-ma/ d'archive. Except for a few oboe notes, the work
is a fonn of musique concrete. It is for 8 loudspeakers, and develops a spatial landscape in which
these sounds are used to tell a story whose concretion each listener must conceive for themselves.
mat d'archive is the title of a book by Jacques Derrida; in this context, it refers to something being
inscribed in a gap in the memory.

This helps to make sense of it

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/7PsNk2ZdAu0&amp;ab_channel=LifeWithLee" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" class="bbc_link bbc_flash_disabled new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/7PsNk2ZdAu0&amp;ab_channel=LifeWithLee</a>
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