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Book of Sounds

Van Raat , Hans Otte Audio CD
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listen  1. Das Buch der Klange: Part I 6:33$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Das Buch der Klange: Part II 8:14Album Only
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listen  7. Das Buch der Klange: Part VII 8:47Album Only
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listen  9. Das Buch der Klange: Part IX 3:55$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen10. Das Buch der Klange: Part X 7:44$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen11. Das Buch der Klange: Part XI 4:34$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen12. Das Buch der Klange: Part XII 4:10$0.89  Buy MP3 

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  • Composer: Hans Otte
  • Audio CD (November 16, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B0043XCKSA
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #430,621 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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"The Book of Sounds is dedicated to all those who want to draw close to sound, so that, in the search for the sound of sound, for the secret of life, one' own resonance is discovered." These are the striking words with which the German composer, pianis

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5.0 out of 5 stars Otte and Henck Seduce the Piano April 10, 2002
Format:Audio CD
It has often been said that Liszt conquered the piano, while Chopin seduced it. Similarly, a great classical pianist was once asked what was more difficult to play--a bravura Liszt piece or the slow sections of Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata. His response--the Liszt, despite its overt virtuosity and blizzard of notes, was easy to play, whereas the slow pieces such as Moonlight were extremely difficult to play well. German composer Hans Otte's "The Book of Sounds" seduces the piano in such a fashion that Chopin himself would surely be pleased. This fragile, delicate, often ethereal, but deeply affecting work places enormous value on each and every note, and utilizes passages of silence and space between notes to astounding effect. At times, it is somewhat reminiscent of the best work of jazz pianists Bill Evans and Paul Bley, both of whom created works in which what is not played is as important as what is. It is works such as this that refute the juvenile notion that loudness and a high dynamic level are necessary to create intensely felt music. Sometimes, the slowest and most covert music has the greatest emotional impact. ECM and Herbert Henck deserve plaudits for providing wide exposure for this unforgettable music, and we can only hope that the composer's follow-up to the Book of Sounds referenced in the liner notes will soon appear on disc as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars like a time warp reminder piano solo April 21, 2006
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mini-malism, repetitive patterning(s) music whatever you want to call it,survives today in a corrupted form, so much so that its budding beginnings with La Monte Young and Fluxus Gesturings seem quite distant his/her/story, Later the "Altmeisters" Reich Glass Adams Riley market ideologies seem to put the nails in the coffins abounding around the globe with world cultures entering at fixed points all concocted with the cash box at the end of the tunnel,well culture at any level moves at break-neck pace now where no one can keep pace.On-going junkpace is thereby created as Rem Koolhaas has said someplace. (I neglected to mention those who saw something more as Harold Budd, Peter Garland, Charlemagne Palestine, who remain more interesting today than anyone)
Otte's finely elegant music here seems odd in a way. Although the piano as a timbral resonant chamber with this work has fostered far more long solo works from Otte; for the piano as his "Book of Hours" :Studenbuch: from 1991-1998, these more a spiritual focus(what else) to be played in canonical content is placed in and around. "The Book of Sounds" is from 1979-1982 and appeared at a time when minimalism was about to take off never to return primarily however in the USA,performative artists as Meredith Monk and Laurie Anderson were also getting, starting to get invitations to Europe with again their minimalist musics as a background warm-ups for whatever they do with text,and electronic manipulations. Otte though sees the corruptibility of the context even back in the early Eighties here so his works remain within traditional frames and gesturings.
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7 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wow. November 20, 2006
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Format:Audio CD
here is my attempt at out-writing the previous reviewers:

this disc is soooooooooooooooooooooo good.

read and weep, scott and scarecrow!
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