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".
Here's a recording that doesn't introduce its star name until it's more than half over, and works quite well on that account. The understanding of the opening work, Alban Berg's six-movement Lyric Suite (1926), has evolved since scholars discovered a secret copy of the work that, despite its use of the abstract 12-tone system, outlines a quite specific program depicting the course of the composer's extramarital affair with Dorothea Robetin the previous year. The finale was even shown to contain an unsung melody, a setting of a very relevant Baudelaire poem, and to be performable with the melody sung.