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Schleiermacher: Piano Pieces

Steffen Schleiermacher

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Steffen Schleiermacher's piano music may strike listeners as a bit esoteric and mystifying, particularly because it is static, darkly toned, and extremely soft, with comparatively few points of arrival or climax. This German composer's influences are not readily apparent: Indian music is particularly strong in his development, along with ceremonial music from Japan and gamelan from Indonesia. But if his music may be compared in its muted effects and expansive pacing to works by western composers, it most closely resembles piano pieces by Olivier Messiaen (at its most active) and Morton Feldman (at its most ambient.) For such subtle and controlled effects as Schleiermacher demands in Echo (2003), Reconciliations (3) to Heiner Müller (2000-2003), Soundscapes (12) Inside the Piano (2000), and Lîla (2003), it is perhaps best that he himself performs the pieces on this 2004 release from MDG. Other pianists might find his immense structures too difficult to contain, too dense in their voicings, too repetitive, and -- perhaps most frustrating to the performer -- too self-effacing in their cosmic anonymity. Schleiermacher may not be a master pianist, but he commands the instrument with adequate skill and delivers performances that are colorful and nuanced. MDG's all-natural, unprocessed sound is pleasant in its resonance, though a little distant.
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1
Echo for five pianos
00:11:42

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Steffen Schleiermacher, Composer, MainArtist

2003 Musikproduktion Dabringhaus und Grimm 2003 Musikproduktion Dabringhaus und Grimm

2
Three Reconciliations to Heiner Müller: I. Herakles
00:03:32

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Steffen Schleiermacher, Composer, MainArtist

2003 Musikproduktion Dabringhaus und Grimm 2003 Musikproduktion Dabringhaus und Grimm

3
Three Reconciliations to Heiner Müller: II. Bildbeschreibung
00:15:04

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Steffen Schleiermacher, Composer, MainArtist

2003 Musikproduktion Dabringhaus und Grimm 2003 Musikproduktion Dabringhaus und Grimm

4
Three Reconciliations to Heiner Müller: III. Philoktet
00:04:53

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Steffen Schleiermacher, Composer, MainArtist

2003 Musikproduktion Dabringhaus und Grimm 2003 Musikproduktion Dabringhaus und Grimm

5
Twelve Soundscapes inside the Piano: I. At Sea / Auf dem Meer
00:01:19

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Steffen Schleiermacher, Composer, MainArtist

2003 Musikproduktion Dabringhaus und Grimm 2003 Musikproduktion Dabringhaus und Grimm

6
Twelve Soundscapes inside the Piano: II. At the Mountain Lake / Am Bergsee
00:01:55

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Steffen Schleiermacher, Composer, MainArtist

2003 Musikproduktion Dabringhaus und Grimm 2003 Musikproduktion Dabringhaus und Grimm

7
Twelve Soundscapes inside the Piano: III. In the Slate Mountains / Im Schiefergebirge
00:02:14

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Steffen Schleiermacher, Composer, MainArtist

2003 Musikproduktion Dabringhaus und Grimm 2003 Musikproduktion Dabringhaus und Grimm

8
Twelve Soundscapes inside the Piano: IV. On the Island / Auf der Insel
00:01:56

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Steffen Schleiermacher, Composer, MainArtist

2003 Musikproduktion Dabringhaus und Grimm 2003 Musikproduktion Dabringhaus und Grimm

9
Twelve Soundscapes inside the Piano: V. In the Mine / Im Bergwerk
00:02:55

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Steffen Schleiermacher, Composer, MainArtist

2003 Musikproduktion Dabringhaus und Grimm 2003 Musikproduktion Dabringhaus und Grimm

10
Twelve Soundscapes inside the Piano: VI. In the Lowlands / Im Flachland
00:05:00

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Steffen Schleiermacher, Composer, MainArtist

2003 Musikproduktion Dabringhaus und Grimm 2003 Musikproduktion Dabringhaus und Grimm

11
Twelve Soundscapes inside the Piano: VII. In the Cave / In der Höhle
00:03:40

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Steffen Schleiermacher, Composer, MainArtist

2003 Musikproduktion Dabringhaus und Grimm 2003 Musikproduktion Dabringhaus und Grimm

12
Twelve Soundscapes inside the Piano: VIII. On the Mountainside / Am Berghang
00:01:56

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Steffen Schleiermacher, Composer, MainArtist

2003 Musikproduktion Dabringhaus und Grimm 2003 Musikproduktion Dabringhaus und Grimm

13
Twelve Soundscapes inside the Piano: IX. After the Earthquake / Nach dem Erdbeben
00:03:18

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Steffen Schleiermacher, Composer, MainArtist

2003 Musikproduktion Dabringhaus und Grimm 2003 Musikproduktion Dabringhaus und Grimm

14
Twelve Soundscapes inside the Piano: X. At the Mountain Brook / Am Gebirgsbach
00:01:15

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Steffen Schleiermacher, Composer, MainArtist

2003 Musikproduktion Dabringhaus und Grimm 2003 Musikproduktion Dabringhaus und Grimm

15
Twelve Soundscapes inside the Piano: XI. In the Castle Ruin / In der Burgruine
00:04:48

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Steffen Schleiermacher, Composer, MainArtist

2003 Musikproduktion Dabringhaus und Grimm 2003 Musikproduktion Dabringhaus und Grimm

16
Twelve Soundscapes inside the Piano: XII. On the Highway / Auf der Autobahn
00:03:34

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Steffen Schleiermacher, Composer, MainArtist

2003 Musikproduktion Dabringhaus und Grimm 2003 Musikproduktion Dabringhaus und Grimm

17
Lîla
00:09:10

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Steffen Schleiermacher, Composer, MainArtist

2003 Musikproduktion Dabringhaus und Grimm 2003 Musikproduktion Dabringhaus und Grimm

Album Description

Steffen Schleiermacher's piano music may strike listeners as a bit esoteric and mystifying, particularly because it is static, darkly toned, and extremely soft, with comparatively few points of arrival or climax. This German composer's influences are not readily apparent: Indian music is particularly strong in his development, along with ceremonial music from Japan and gamelan from Indonesia. But if his music may be compared in its muted effects and expansive pacing to works by western composers, it most closely resembles piano pieces by Olivier Messiaen (at its most active) and Morton Feldman (at its most ambient.) For such subtle and controlled effects as Schleiermacher demands in Echo (2003), Reconciliations (3) to Heiner Müller (2000-2003), Soundscapes (12) Inside the Piano (2000), and Lîla (2003), it is perhaps best that he himself performs the pieces on this 2004 release from MDG. Other pianists might find his immense structures too difficult to contain, too dense in their voicings, too repetitive, and -- perhaps most frustrating to the performer -- too self-effacing in their cosmic anonymity. Schleiermacher may not be a master pianist, but he commands the instrument with adequate skill and delivers performances that are colorful and nuanced. MDG's all-natural, unprocessed sound is pleasant in its resonance, though a little distant.
© TiVo

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