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Intercomunicazione Original recording remastered

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Sonata for cello & piano
  2. Nomos Alpha, for cello
  3. Little Pieces (3) for cello & piano, Op. 11
  4. Unguis Incarnatus Est, for piano & any bass sustaining instrument
  5. Kurze Studien (4), for solo cello
  6. Capriccio for Siegfried Palm, for solo cello
  7. Music for Cello & Piano
  8. Intercomunicazione, for cello & piano


Product Details

  • Performer: Aloys Kontarsky
  • Composer: Anton Webern, Iannis Xenakis, Mauricio Kagel, Bernd Alois Zimmermann, Krzysztof Penderecki, et al.
  • Audio CD (November 12, 2002)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B00006L772
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #658,047 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Christopher Forbes on January 10, 2003
Format: Audio CD
During the heady early days of the avant-garde in Europe, the performing artist gained an unprecedented influence on the language and development of composition. Certainly works had been created for individual artists in other periods, but never was there such a deep relationship between the personality and techniques of a performer and the language of a composer. You can't contemplate the work of John Cage without noting the influence of David Tudor (who was often more of a collaborator, rather than an interpreter). And of course, Berio's vocal music is inconcievable without the influence of his wife, Cathy Berberian. (She became so well known she even got a line in a Steely Dan song.) Less well known, but no less influential is the cellist Siegfried Palm. He is the dedicatee or the commissioning party for many of the late 20th century masterworks for cello, including the Ligeti Cello Concerto and Feldman's Cello and Orchestra. This CD gives a marvelous introduction to this amazing performer and some of the composers with whom he worked.
Palm includes two works by Webern on the disc, the posthumously published Sonata for Cello and Piano and the Three Short Pieces for Cello and Piano. Both are from Webern's early atonal aphoristic period. The real surprise of this album is the Sonata, of who's existance I was unaware. It's a lovely little work, not particularly important in the composer's output, but welcome nonetheless.
Perhaps in terms of sheer sound, the Xenakis piece Nophos alpha is the tour de force of the recording. I am not generally a big fan of music for solo instruments outside of the piano or organ, as I find the tonal range fairly limited, or else the extended techniques employed self consciously. But this work floored me.
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Like other reviewer wrote, Siegfried Palm is one of those players who had a central role during the `60s and the `70s in the development of western modern music, in the sense he gave many world premieres and he contributed to create the own works with his knowledge about cello resources and technical possibilities, together with the great talent and capacity for communicate this not easy at all music. Like Mr. Forbes wrote, artists like Palm, Berberian, Tudor, Boulez, Kontarsky, Bruner, Gawriloff, Arditti Qt... were very important in the development of western music, and because of their protagonist figure and central role I think they have certain `idiomatic' style in their way of playing, in their technique and musicality, very close to the modern experimentation come from Darmstadt and the new music centers of central Europe.

I've listen some of these pieces in other performances, specially Nomos Alpha, which I have recorded by Saram (Montaigne) and Strauch (Erato), a very interesting performance the first one by the Arditti Quartet cellist and a little disappointing version the second one played by the Ensemble InterContemporain cellist who is not one of my favourites really. Palm's version in this CD is the best I know and with the plus of having in Palm a convincing player who know deeply the work and have the technical resources to make it so great like he did. Fortunately he recorded this piece some decades ago, because today he is not in so good shape like he was (listening Palm in the Ligeti's Cello Concerto for Teldec is a clear example of a real wise performer but who has lost his early freshness and strong playing).
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INTERCOMUNICAZIONE: Cello Recital is a reissue in DG's "Echo 20/21" line of a 1975 set of avant-garde cello works performed by Siegfrield Palm. The German cellist has long been seen as the master of avant-garde cello and four of the nine pieces represented here were dedicated to him. Piano accompaniment is occasionally given by Aloys Kontarsky Though Palm is clearly a talented musician, I found that the material in this collection is of very uneven quality.

Anton Weben and Bernd Alois Zimmermann are each represented by two pieces. Weben's "Drei kleine Stuecke" for cello and piano is less than three minutes long, but manages to pack in some interesting phrasing. His "Sonata for cello and piano" tries to do a lot but is simply too short to manage. Zimmerman's "Vier kurze Studien" is entertaining but brief and entirely forgettable, but the second of his works here, "Intercomunicazione" for cello and piano, is fantastic. At 21 minutes by far the longest work here; the way it unfolds slowly and patiently is brilliant, and the piano keeps only the slighest of supporting roles.

Mauricio Kagel's "Unguis incarnatus est" is scored for piano and an unspecified instrument and attempts to dialogue with Liszt's music. Palm fills in the blank with cello. Penderecki's "Capriccio per Siegfried Palm" is one of the several pieces which Penderecki composed for Palm. There's also "Music for Cello and Piano", a piece by Earle Brown (I've never heard of him either), which is rather meandering and unimpressive.

The piece by Xenakis, "Nomos alpha", may be the most interesting piece on the disc.
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