The greatest of Mozart's wind serenades and the toughest of Alban Berg's major works might seem an unlikely pairing, but in an interview included with the sleeve notes for this release, Pierre Boulez points up their similarities. Both works are scored for an ensemble of 13 wind instruments (with solo violin and piano as well in the Berg) and both include large-scale variations as one of their movements - and Boulez makes the comparisons plausible enough in these lucid performances. It's rare to hear him conducting Mozart, too, and if the performance is a little brisker and more strait-laced than ideal, the EIC's phrasing is a model of clarity and good taste. It's the performance of the Berg, though, that makes this such an important issue; both soloists, Mitsuko Uchida and Christian Tetzlaff, are perfectly attuned to Boulez's approach - they have given a number of performances of the Chamber Concerto before - and the combination of accuracy and textural clarity with the highly wrought expressiveness that is the essence of Berg's music is perfectly caught.
Following his critically acclaimed Paraphrases album from 2012 and the more electronic based recordings as Field Rotation, Christoph Berg joins Sonic Pieces with the first new material under his own name in over four years. Conversations essentially expresses contemplation, consciousness and the urge for retreat from the sometimes overwhelming present times. The musician’s genuine approach to minimal chamber music acts as a fading scenario of nostalgia and memory to rely on, similar to an affecting dialogue with somebody close to you.
WEPA Records Recording Artist/Flamenco Guitarist Christopher Gotzen-Berg has been thrilling audiences in the Upstate New York area for over 10 years! His debut release "The Lingering Look", is a CD of solo flamenco guitar solos; this CD runs the gauntlet of technical possibilities open to solo guitar! The pieces on this recording take the listener through an emotional tour of Christopher's heart, beginning with the energetic strumming passages of "Looking for Albeniz" (an homage to Spanish pianist Isaac Albeniz), the haunting melodies of "El duende de la soledad", the folkish dance of "Sevillanas por San Miguel", and ending with the latin/flamenco groove of "The Lingering Look".