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Eduard Brunner
Dal niente

Eduard Brunner clarinet
 
Isang Yun: Piri
Igor Stravinsky: Three Pieces for Clarinet Solo, Piece for Clarinet Solo
Pierre Boulez: Domaines pour clarinette seule
Karlheinz Stockhausen: In Freundschaft
Giacinto Scelsi: Preghiera per un'ombra
Helmut Lachenmann: Dal niente (Intérieur III)

Recorded October 1995
ECM New Series 1599
 
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An invigorating journey over the landscape of modern music, Swiss clarinettist Eduard Brunner's solo recital is a tour-de-force of extended technique and high musicality applied to intensely-demanding composition. Brunner's album is titled after Helmut Lachenmann's Dal niente (out of nothing) whose sounds bleed into and out of the resonant silence of the church of St. Gerold. Where Lachenmann's concluding piece calls for nothing less than a new way of hearing, the Isang Yun composition that opens the programme is a deeply moving assertion of the inviolability of the human spirit which has its genesis in the two years that Yun spent in a South Korean prison under sentence of death. The recital also includes a hitherto unpublished Stravinsky miniature alongside the well-known Three Pieces for clarinet, Boulez's daunting Domaines, some brightly optimistic Stockhausen, and Scelsi's shadowy Preghiera per un'ombra. BBC Music Magazine: "Although a disc comprising 70 minutes of 20th century music for clarinet might be thought to appeal to enthusiasts only, there is such an enormous range of sounds contained within these pieces that one's attention is held throughout."

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