Sunday, October 15, 2006

A Who's Who of contemporary composers

My March 2006 article about the fascinating history of the theremin consistently attracts large numbers of readers via Google and the other search engines. So I was delighted to see a new release from Wergo titled Touch! Don't Touch! This features Lydia Kavina and Barbara Buchholz and the Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin playing new compositions from eight German and Russian composers written for two theremins and instrumental ensemble. Touch! Don't Touch! really explores the extraordinary sonic possibilities of the theremin, and the track list reads like a Who's Who of contemporary European composers. Here it is:

Olga Bochihina: Canto Ostinato for two theremins, piano, and percussion
Caspar Johannes Walter: Vakuum-Halluzinationen for two theremins, violin, and violoncello
Nicolaus Richter de Vroe: Thereminskie ostrova (Theremin-Inseln) for two theremins, piano, and percussion
Michael Hirsch: Rezitativ und Arie for two theremins, violin, violoncello, piano, and percussion
Juliane Klein (photo above): se vuoi for theremin, violin, violoncello, piano, and percussion
Vladimir Nikolaev: Cherno-belaja muzyka (Schwarz-wei├če Musik) for two theremins, violin, violoncello, piano, and percussion
Moritz Eggert: The Son of the Daughter of Dracula versus the Incredible Frankenstein Monster (from Outer Space) for two theremins, violin, violoncello, piano, and percussion
Iraida Yusupova: Kitezh–19 for theremin and tape

* Download the inlay for Touch! Don't touch! as a pdf file via this link
* This CD is available from Prelude Records and other good stores
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And the serendipitous Overgrown Path takes us from Moritz Eggert's The Son of the Daughter of Dracula versus the Incredible Frankenstein Monster (from Outer Space) to Neil Armstrong finally reveals his moon music

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