Magazine article Gramophone

Kagel * Susteck: Kagel Improvisation Ajoutee

Magazine article Gramophone

Kagel * Susteck: Kagel Improvisation Ajoutee

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Kagel * Susteck Kagel Improvisation ajoutee. Rrrrrrr.... General Bass. Phantasie Susteck K-A-G-E-L Dominik Susteck org Wergo (F) WER7345-2 (73' * DDD) Played on the organ of Kunst-Station Sankt Peter (St Peter's Jesuit Church), Cologne

This is a fascinating CD; we hear sounds from a pipe organ far removed from the everyday world of choral services in churches and cathedrals. Forty or so years ago, such sounds were probably labelled 'experimental'; with hindsight, they seem much more a part of what was happening in music in the late 20th century. In Rrrrrrr.... some of the organ textures recall Messiaen, with their use of harmonic overtones and extreme high and low pitches. Kagel's compositional style is also akin to the music of Boulez, Cage, Ligeti and Stockhausen. In Phantasie he uses the device of combining live performance with recorded sounds--a mixture of man-made household objects and natural sounds. Meanwhile, in Improvisation ajoutee, a complementary sound world is created by the organist with two assistants manipulating unusual stop combinations and adding vocal interjections and body percussion. …

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