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Michael Blake : The Philosophy of Composition, œuvres pour violoncelle et piano. Gauwerky, Vandewalle.
Format : 1 CD
Total Time : 01:04:34

Recording : 06-09/02/2017
Location : Cologne
Country : Allemagne
Sound : Stereo

Label : Wergo
Catalog No. : WER7361
EAN : 4010228736120
Price Code : DM021A

Publishing Year : 2018
Release Date : 30/05/2018

Genre : Classical
Michael Blake (1951-)
"The philosophy of composition", pour violoncelle et piano
"The richter scale", pour violoncelle seul
Sonate pour violoncelle et piano
"A Fractured landscape", pour piano
"Connectivity", pour violoncelle et piano
"Pentimenti", pour violoncelle
"Song without words", pour violoncelle et piano
"Seventh must fall", pour piano

Friedrich Gauwerky, violoncelle
Daan Vandewalle, piano

Michael Blake is South African composition’s most important link to the American and British experimental traditions of the second half of the twentieth century. It is a connection that derives as much from the composer’s temperament and aesthetic sensibility, as from more conscious decisions relating to the socio-political positioning of composition. As regards the former, Blake’s affinity with composers like Charles Ives and John Cage precedes his mature engagements with these composers through an embrace of certain qualities of openness relating to musical structure and material that can be heard throughout the works recorded on this CD. Blake’s composition “song without words” (1972) demonstrates deconstruction, playfulness, irregularity (rhythmically and in other musical parameters), irony and a postmodern referential sensibility. Apart from “song without words”, the seven other works recorded on this CD date from between 2008 and 2016, a period of mature compositional activity book-ended by the composer’s retirement to the village of Hout Bay near Cape Town late in 2008, and relocation to France in 2015.

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