Second Editions New Releases

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Lori Goldston – Things Opening

Lori Goldston’s approach to the violoncello is true and immediate. Describing herself as “classically trained and rigorously de-trained”, Goldston indeed defies all conformities of genre, style and technique. Her playing reflects as much of Baroque as it does of American roots or experimental traditions. It is elegant, gritty, restless, delicate, irreverent, utterly pure. This album comprises of two parts, highlighting Goldston as both a distinct composer as well as a many-faceted performer. The first side holds a suite of songs written by Goldston to accompany the poems of Melinda Mueller, while the second features pieces written for Goldston by Jessika Kenney, Satchel Henneman and Julio Lopezhiler.

Eva-Maria Houben – Erwartung 1 und 2

Eva-Maria Houben’s music has somehow always been about perspective. These two new pieces, one for piano and one for organ, are once again prime examples. The title is borrowed from Arnold Schönberg’s one-act monodrama Erwartung Op.17, in which a woman wanders through the night in search of her (dead) lover. According to Schönberg, his work aims “to represent in slow motion everything that occurs during a single second of maximum spiritual excitement, stretching it out to half an hour”. And this, in a certain way, is very descriptive of Houben’s calm, patient recordings as well. As she disassembles a piercing twelve-tone chord of the said Schönberg piece, rendering it unrecognizable and making it fully her own. Changing the perspective. Once for piano, and once for pipe organ.