Peter Ablinger – “Verkundigung” (Huddersfield Contemporary Music Records, 2017)

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“Verkundigung” was released in 2017 by “Huddersfield Contemporary Music Records”. Compositions which were composed by Peter Ablinger, are recorded in this album by Gisela Mashayekhi-Beer (flute), Marcus Weiss (tenor saxophone) and Hildegard Kleeb (piano). These three interesting and experienced musicians mostly are performing the works by various contemporary music composers – George Aperghis, Vinko Globokar, Helmut Lachenmann, John Cage and many others. Outstanding, precisely and vivacious composing style, passionate playing, fascinating sound and rich musical language by all these three musicians create original and interesting sound of these compositions. Peter Ablinger is a German composer which music is based on academic avant-garde, free improvising and the synthesis with various modern academical music styles. Expressionism, impressionism and post-impressionism, dramatic and expressive sound, masterful combination of different composing techniques, splendidly made orchestration and rich musical language create original and innovative compositions. Composer try to extract new, unusual and different composing techniques, timbres, sounds of the instruments and expand their technical abilities. The main part of his compositions are dedicated for chamber ensembles, symphony orchestras, but he also writes music for solo piano, duets, trios, quartets or other instruments combinations. The sound of Peter Ablinger compositions mostly is very touching, interesting, passionate, emotional and effective. Very well known playing techniques such as serialism, dodecaphony and others, are mixed together with experimental ways of playing, own and self-created methods of composing and academic avant-garde elements. Musical experiments, shocking and provocative musical decisions, special sound effects, marvelous instrumentation, vivacious musical language create original sound of his compositions.

The compositions of this album are based on academic avant-garde and free improvisation. “Verkundigung” (studio recording, 2001), “Verkindigung” (live recording, 1998) and “Verkindigung” for 7 saxophones, 7 flutes and 7 pianos” (studio recording, 2001) are recorded in this album. These 3 different and interesting compositions have original and contrasting sound. All album compositions are based on modern musical language, which is formed by different musical expressions, playing techniques and instrumentation decisions. These compositions musical pattern is based on polyphonic structure and form, independent melodies, sharp harmony and vivacious sound. Serialism, puantilism, free improvisation are gently fused together with basic academic avant-garde elements, experimental music and other methods of composing. The composer experiments a lot in instrumentation – he make innovative and extraordinary musical decisions which bring vivacious and expressive sound to these compositions. Extended playing techniques are used a lot in all these compositions – various extraordinary and unusual ways of playing create wide range of strange timbres and sounds. All three versions of “Verkindigung” differ from each other – the first one (studio recording) sounds less naturally and has the best sound quality. The second version – live recording which was recorded in a chapel – has effective, natural and expressive sound. Vivacious solos, expressive and memorable melodies, free improvisations episodes create more interesting sound of this composition than the first one. The third version of this composition which was also recorded in the studio and is dedicated for 7 flutes, 7 pianos and 7 saxophones, mostly have the same sound like studio recording, but some electronic music sounds and special effects are added very professionally to this one. Because of the electronic music and special effects this composition have innovative, modern and extraordinary sound. This composition is based on contrasts – vivacious, vital and joyful flutes solos, expressive and emotional piano melodies, contrasting and dynamic saxophone solos and spontaneous improvisations of all three instruments are connected with silent, soft, peaceful and restful episodes. Different moods, characters, playing techniques and musical language elements are masterfully connected in one place. Composer express many different moods which are changing each other and create dynamic and constantly changing sound. Adventurous sound, expressive and modern musical language, own and unique composing style of Peter Ablinger create innovative and interesting sound of this composition.

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