- Orchestra: Peter-Griess-Strasse Hauptschule Children's Choir, Ensemble
- Composer: Mauricio Kagel
- Audio CD (1 Oct. 1999)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: 20/21
- ASIN: B00000J9FV
- Other Editions: Audio CD
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 563,551 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Kagel: Music for Renaissance Instruments Import
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Does it sound silly? In fact, the end result is a marvelous and utterly compelling work of music (or at least artwork), intense and full of surreally wonderful and multifaceted textures. The first entry of the kids, for instance, is stunningly effective, but the whole 50 minute work has no problem sustaining interest (even if it is taxing enough that a break between the sections might be recommended). I am willing to name it one of the most impressive modern works I have heard in a long time. Some people would surely claim that I am being fooled, and perhaps I am (actually not unlikely, given that this is Kagel), but that doesn't affect my impression of this work. Astounding.
Music for Renaissance Instruments is a raucous, grinding work for a large ensemble of various renaissance instruments treated with little reverence and for maximum effect. Or rather, this happy mauling of instruments and forms is indeed pervaded with the `breath of the past', in Kagel's own words, but in a manner that sounds like it actively attempts to engage with the dust of the museum. Despite the gorgeous, joyful and intermittently ... hmmm ... minacious, perhaps, kaleidoscopic tapestry of sound, it isn't quite as profoundly impressive as 1898, but it is still an effective artwork. Again the playing is, apparently, committed, and both works come with good notes and appropriate sound quality. Really, while this issue might in the end not quite be a disc for everyone, I really urge you to try it.
First the Old Kagel. The second piece, Music for Renaissance Instruments, is the original recording from 1967 that was released on vinyl by DGG in 1969. This is the experimental period that Kagel is well known for, the hallmark of which is relentless exposure of unique, thrilling timbres and registers. The tempo is not so fast that you miss the gorgeous sound pallette, but not so slow that you lose interest. It's good to have this recording finally available on CD.
The newer piece is called "1898". It was written in 1973 as a commission for DGG's 75 anniversary. Actually the work is not that new, chronologically, but it represents a different direction for Kagel, which is why I use the term New Kagel. It quotes music that was popular in 1898, but to no real music purpose that I can hear. The children's chorus doesn't sing - instead, the children mumble and giggle, on cue, throughout the length of the two movements. The effect is actually liberating - for a while. But it soon becomes cloying and tiresome.
I think Music for Renaissance Instruments itself is worth the price of the CD, as they say. And maybe you'll derive more satisfaction out of "1898" than I did.
This was my first cd of Kagel...Ihope it will be yours!