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'Graffiti': Chin Graffiti

Magazine article Gramophone

'Graffiti': Chin Graffiti

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Chin Graffiti (a) Neuwirth Maramondo Multiplo (b)

Sun Ra Outer Nothingness (c). Pleiades (c)

(b) Marco Blaauw tpt (c) Frank Gratkowski sax

Ensemble Musikfabrik / (a) Peter Rundel, (b) Christian Eggen

Wergo (F) WER6861-2 (66' * DDD)

Wergo's series focusing on Ensemble Musikfabrik has now reached its eighth and arguably most fascinating instalment, not least for two substantial pieces by composers of the middle generation. In Graffiti (2013), Unsuk Chin brings out the concept's subversiveness--tracing its presence in the constantly renewing texture of 'Palimpsest', then the ominous context of its occurrence in 'Notturno urbano', before 'Passacaglia' evinces an appropriately anarchic slant on its time-honoured form--capping off what is the composer's most combative work in recent years. Hardly less absorbing is Miramondo multiplo (2007), Olga Neuwirth's trumpet concerto whose five movements have both allegorical and evocative overtones. Thus 'Aria of the Angel' finds the soloist in direct confrontation with wind and percussion, tension gradually subsiding into the languorous 'Aria of Memory' (replete with allusions to 'cool jazz'), before the sardonic 'Aria of Cold Blood' with the soloist locked into a morass of orchestral ostinatos: 'Aria of Peace' then unfolds as a rapt monologue against hazy string harmonies, before 'Aria of Pleasure' has the soloist in a trio with orchestral trumpets before the brusque pay-off. …

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