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Graewe, Georg

Fantasiestucke I-XIII

Graewe, Georg: Fantasiestucke I-XIII (Nuscope)

Georg Graewe in a series of 13 piano fantasies from 2 to 7 minutes long, non-idiomatic improvisation incorporating diverse modern styles in rich variety, from introspective work to elaborate and inventive playing using great technical and dramatic control.

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8-page booklet with liner notes from Fred Van Hove and Hans Falb, and striking cover art by Köln-based artist Gerhard Richter.

UPC: 659897101422

Label: Nuscope
Catalog ID: CD 1014
Squidco Product Code: 17293

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2003
Country: USA
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded in Koln, Germany on October 21st, 20000 at the WDR Funkhaus, Kleiner Sendesaal by Christoph Gronarz.


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Artist Biographies:

"Georg Graewe began composing and performing professionally at the age of 15. He has since been leading a variety of ensembles - ranging from trio to chamber orchestra formats - which have involved some of the leading instrumentalists in contemporary music. His compositions, which include chamber music and works for full orchestra as well as scores for films, theater productions, radio drama, and video, have been performed and broadcast around the world.

Graewe has had a long-standing trio with Dutch cellist Ernst Reijseger and US-based percussionist Gerry Hemingway since 1989. He has also performed and/or recorded with Anthony Braxton, Evan Parker, Dave Douglas, Phil Minton, Roscoe Mitchell, Barry Guy, Barre Phillips, Hamid Drake, John Butcher, Robert Dick, John Butcher, Mark Dresser among others.

Over the last 10 years, he has also written three operas. Kopenhagen (based on the same-titled play by Michael Frayn) was produced by OPER KÖLN (Cologne Opera House) in 2003. His second opera, Quicksilver, (a commission by Semperoper Dresden) came out in November 2006. And his most recent opera, Barbara Strozzi oder die Avantgarde der Liebe, was staged by Theater Luzern in Switzerland in 2010 and Oper Bonn in Germany in 2011.

Since 1999, Graewe has been closely associated with CNMAT (Center for New Music and Audio Technology) at UC Berkeley. From 2002 - 2007, he taught at Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin.

In 2010, Graewe curated a series of 27 events that presented different aspects of resonance between music, poetry, visual arts, and science as part of the European Cultural Capital RUHR 2010. A catalogue plus DVD edition documenting this project has been published on his own Random Acoustics label."

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track listing:

1. I 3:57

2. II 3:40

3. III 5:07

4. IV 3:48

5. V 3:08

6. VI 2:14

7. VII 4:09

8. VIII 3:02

9. IX 3:37

10. X 4:10

11. XI 7:02

12. XII 2:42

13. XIII 4:11
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"According to Fred Van Hove, "Georg Graewe is far from an unprepared piano player. His sound is broad and round, his touch is bright, and his phrases are very well articulated. No doubt, he is a master of the instrument. The music is improvised in a non-idiomatic way. Georg's fantasy pieces - one 7 minutes long, the others between 2 and 5 minutes - all seem to end abruptly. They could stop there; they could have been longer or shorter; their length is indefinite. Free improvisation is as adventurous as before - now it has become adult, and Georg proves it."

Well-known and respected modern classical interpreter and occasional improviser Herbert Henck says the following about Fantasiestücke I-XIII: "The music is very original, and I really must congratulated to these intensive, concentrated, and often dramatic recordings. Even if I know the circumstances of radio productions in Cologne too well, Georg Graewe is obviously not afflicted, disturbed and limited by them, always has his head on his shoulders and seems to have the piano under perfect control. (9/4/03)" "-Nuscope

8-page booklet with liner notes from Fred Van Hove and Hans Falb, and striking cover art by Köln-based artist Gerhard Richter.
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