“It’s good to have a disc devoted to Klein’s music in the superb performances and lifelike sonics we’ve come to expect from Ensemble Villa Musica and MDG.“ (American Record Guide)
Musik Aus Dem Schattenreich is the first LP of Peter Frohmader under the project-name Nekropolis after some self-published tapes. A look at the sinister cover and the title tells all. It means "Music From the Darklands" in English; "Fegefeuer" (Purgatory) and "Unendliche Qual" (Endless Pain) are only two song titles. The music is a unique mixture of ghostly sounding electronics, percussion, and bass guitars. Frohmader's intention is to describe the realm of the dead with musical means and he succeeds. The album creates a very dark and disturbing atmosphere and sounds like the screams of lost souls in Hell.
Eminently charming and playful appear Kroke's new compositions, recorded with the original Trio setup. Back to the roots? Certainly, in a way. The waiver of the drums means a reinforcement of viola, accordion and bass. Coming to the fore (again), equally entitled and responsible for both melody and rhythm. OUT OF SIGHT points out familiar and surprisingly new facets of Kroke's musical universe, from Kukurba's oriental-influenced vocal improvisations ("Mecalakuku") to the frisky "Life As It Is" and the frivolous allure of "A Luftmentsch". Kroke's creative power, joining their tradions and their very own view on "Life as it is", is still going strong - and exploring.
"Bach's unfinished Art of Fugue, published for still-debated reasons in open score, has been performed and recorded in dozens of different instrumental versions. But this one, by the veteran Akademie für alte Musik, founded in the former East Berlin, is unique; few others have differentiated the fugues by instrumental forces deployed, and perhaps in none has the overall effect been quite so kaleidoscopic as this one. (…) The sound engineering, a product of Berlin's Teldex Studio, is a major strong point." ~allmusic