Kristine Scholz – Plays Otte and Cage CD

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Contemporary classical and piano from Kristine Scholz via Thanatosis Production (Audio sampler from digital source, 1 min from each composition)


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Artist: Kristine Scholz
Title: Plays Otte and Cage
Label: Thanatosis Production
Cat nr: THT9
Format: CD
Style: Contemporary classical/Piano


1 Das Buch Der Klänge, IV

Composed By – Hans Otte
2 Das Buch Der Klänge, II

Composed By – Hans Otte
3 Das Buch Der Klänge, IX

Composed By – Hans Otte
4 Das Buch Der Klänge, XII

Composed By – Hans Otte
5 Music For Piano 4-19

Composed By – John Cage
  • Design [Booklet] – Sara Lundén
  • Engineer [Audio] – Göran Stegborn
  • Piano – Kristine Scholz
  • Producer, Design – Alexander Zethson

Featuring the Sweden-based pianist, new music pioneer, and former Merce Cunningham-collaborator Kristine Scholz, the album “Scholz plays Otte and Cage” is focusing the music of two composers who over time came to mean a great deal to one another – Hans Otte (1926-2007) and John Cage (1912-1992). On the album, four movements from Otte’s seminal work “Das Buch der Klänge” (1979-82) is combined with a stunning interpretation of Cage’s “Music for Piano 4-19” (1953). The album is the second solo release with Scholz, the previous one being ”Schattenlieder”, which was released in 1994, on Alice Musik Produktion (ALCD011).

As the extensive liner notes by fellow pianist Mats Persson informs us, Otte and Cage first met in 1950s, at Yale University. Though, their close and mutual friendship developed later, after Otte had become the music director for Radio Bremen and had founded the festivals pro musica antiqua and pro musica nova. Cage was a frequently recurring guest at these festivals (where also Scholz has performed in duo with Mats Persson, with whom she’s been working continuously since 1969).

“Das Buch der Klänge” is a brilliant example of Otte’s ambitions to “bring sound closer to the listener/observer and thus give people the possibility to say in, rest in and live with sound”. These qualities also resonates in “Music for Piano 4- 19” by Cage, who already in the late 40s talked about liberating sounds from intentions and traditional ties.

As Persson explains regarding “Music for Piano”, “[t]he
score consists of 16 pages, which can be played as separate
pieces or as one continuous piece” or “together with parts
of/or the whole of Music for Piano 21-84 […] I Ching operations decide the number of notes on each page, clefs (treble or bass), accidentals (#, b or natural) and technique (ordinario, pizzicato or muted) for each note. Tempi and dynamics are left to the interpreter to decide.”

With the right pedal being depressed throughout, a meditative sonic landscape emerges, wherein Scholz’ unique capacity to highlight the slow-moving melodies inherent in the score, creates a calm yet distinct forward-movement.

Kristine Scholz was born in 1944 in Wüstebrise, Silesia, Germany. After studies in Hamburg 1964-68, she moved to Cologne in 1969 and studied there for three years, with Aloys Kontarsky among others. In Cologne she also met Mats Persson. Together, they have performed as a piano duo for almost five decades, toured internationally and premiered work by composers such as Aldo Clementi, Luca Lombardi, Chris Newman, Christian Wolff, Zoltán Jeney and Ellen Arkbro. Scholz also performs solo and with different ensembles regularly. Furthermore, she has played music in several theater and dance productions.

Scholz moved to Sweden in 1972, and the recordings on this release were made in the studio she has used ever since, on Tavastgatan in Stockholm. The piano she is using is a Steinway & Sons, model A, from 1921.

Weight 0,05 kg
Dimensions 12 × 10 × 0,2 cm

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