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Thursday, 28 May

RACHEL GRIMES - The Clearing, Temporary Residence Ltd.
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RACHEL GRIMES

The Clearing

Temporary Residence Ltd.

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.99

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: TRR256CD

*First new solo album in six years from founding member of pioneering chamber-rock ensemble, Rachel’s. Features members of Loscil, Rachel’s, Shipping News, Amsterdam Sinfonietta* "Rachel Grimes is a pianist, composer, and arranger based in Kentucky – most renowned for her work in Rachel's, the groundbreaking chamber-rock ensemble that introduced an entire generation of underground rock fans to the unexpected similarities and appeal of neoclassical music. Grimes has toured the world as a solo pianist, and as a collaborator with chamber ensembles such as Portland Cello Project, astrïd, Cicada… Read more
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RACHEL GRIMES - The Clearing, Temporary Residence Ltd.
CHIHEI HATAKEYAMA - Moon Light Reflecting over Mountains, ROOM 40
**Letter-pressed card jacket** "On Moon Light Reflecting Over Mountains, Tokyo’s Chihei Hatakeyama evokes an instrumental poetic grace, that marks him out as one of the icons of his generation. Drawing broadly from aesthetic references, that traverse music of the past 30 years, he seamlessly melts glacial ambient drifts with richly harmonic guitar strata that echo the gliding motions of My Bloody Valentine, Ride and Cocteau Twins. Never resolving to clear melody, his interest in unrestrained harmonics creates a depth to his compositions and moreover a profound se… Read more
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CHIHEI HATAKEYAMA - Moon Light Reflecting over Mountains, ROOM 40

Thursday, 21 May

WOLFGANG VOIGT - Ruckverzauberung 10 / National Park, Profan
We find Wolfgang Voigt in his natural habitat amidst the sweeping, Gas-like ambient scenery of 'Rückverzauberung 10'. Written to commemorate the opening of German national park, Hunsrück-Hochwald, where the piece is played through loudspeakers to enchant the woodland and vice-versa, it gracefully unfurls just over an hour of deep forested strings and quietly intoxicating atonality in a reflection of the the wild, rolling landscape and its natural topography. From the elegiac appeal to the woodland cover art, it's arguably the closest you'll come to Voigt's template-set… Read more
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WOLFGANG VOIGT - Ruckverzauberung 10 / National Park, Profan
THORE PFEIFFER - Im Blickfeld, Kompakt
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THORE PFEIFFER

Im Blickfeld

Kompakt

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: KOMPAKTPACD02

Thore Pfeiffer makes his maiden voyage on Kompakt's Pop Ambient artist album series. Hand-picked for the job by Wolfgang Voigt (a.k.a. Gas etc.), Pfeiffer's 'Im Blickfeld' follows Leandro Fresca's inaugural edition with a feather-light moire of panning pads and quiet ambient thought bubbles owing much to the original Pop Ambient aesthetic whilst also gently refreshing its now well-established memes. Rather than any grand, layered statements, Pfeiffer exhales wispy chords and airborne chimes in a smoky mesh of tones and phrases, forging intangible structures somewhere between the elusive po… Read more
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THORE PFEIFFER - Im Blickfeld, Kompakt

Thursday, 14 May

ACM & JOE SNAPE - The Fleck EP, ONO
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ACM & JOE SNAPE

The Fleck EP

ONO

Format_dot_cdCD // £5.99

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: ONO FLECK

**Edition of 100 housed in fold-over artwork by Michael Holland** Fragile yet playful new composition from Joe Snape, who was last spotted on Slip, and is here teamed up with Manchester's Another Contemporary Music Ensemble for ONO ahead of their upcoming UK/Euro tour.
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Thursday, 07 May

BEN CHATWIN (TALVIHORROS) - The Sleeper Awakes, Village Green
"Composer and producer Ben Chatwin releases his new album 'The Sleeper Awakes' through Village Green. Written and recorded at Chatwin's home studio in Scotland. Inspired by the writing of H.G. Wells, 'The Sleeper Awakes' is Chatwin's first album to appear under his own name and follows last year's highly-lauded Talvihorros project 'Eaten Alive'. "I wanted 'The Sleeper Awakes' to represent the idea of a future that has been and gone. Before the information and telecommunications revolution there was a beautiful yet weird, naivety about what the future might bring and it was t… Read more
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BEN CHATWIN (TALVIHORROS) - The Sleeper Awakes, Village Green
RIVAL CONSOLES - Odyssey / Sonne, ERASED TAPES

RIVAL CONSOLES

Odyssey / Sonne

ERASED TAPES

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.49

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: ERATP069CD

All of Rival Consoles' EPs of minimal synthesiser and electronic arrangements compiled on one CD edition.
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Thursday, 23 April

ELA ORLEANS - Upper Hell, HB Recordings
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ELA ORLEANS

Upper Hell

HB Recordings

Format_dot_cdCD // £9.99

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: HBCD003

Beautiful noirish "movies for ears" by much loved singer/songwriter/producer Ela Orleans, produced by Howie B and the first release on his newly minted HB Recordings imprint.
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KOSS - Silence, MULE MUSIQ
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KOSS

Silence

MULE MUSIQ

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.99

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: MMCD47

'Silence' is a sublime electro-acoustic suite from pivotal underground Japanese figurehead, Kuniyuki Takahashi a.k.a. Koss. Centred around the piano but gilded with filigree electronics - computer software, Roland System-1, Jupiter-8, Korg Wavedrum synth - Koss presents a beautifully tempered, fluid and pensile balance of acoustic and electronic sources rendered with the kind of timbral sensitivity that we'd also associate with Terre Thaemlitz a.k.a. DJ Sprinkles, who has previously released on Koss' Mule Musiq label. Every element and frequency is given room to breathe, allowing a airy exchange of ideas… Read more
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KOSS - Silence, MULE MUSIQ

Thursday, 16 April

ROBERT AIKI AUBREY LOWE & ARIEL KALMA - FRKWYS Vol. 12: We Know Each Other Somehow, RVNG Intl.
*Includes bonus DVD - Rob Aiki Lowe re-appears alongside French synth voyager Ariel Kalma with quite possibly the finest release on RVNG yet following that killer side for Type a couple of years back. Highly recommended!* The FRKWYS series has a tendency to turn out some really inspired unions, and this ranks among their best. Recorded just outside of Mullimbimby, a remote community on the eastern Australian coast, it marks a pineal, inter-generational journey aligning Kalma's naturalist tendency and invaluable background working at the GRM … Read more
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ROBERT AIKI AUBREY LOWE & ARIEL KALMA - FRKWYS Vol. 12: We Know Each Other Somehow, RVNG Intl.
CHARLEMAGNE PALESTINE - Four Manifestations On Six Elements, Alga Marghen
*New remastered version* "One of Charlemagne Palestine's best-known works, "Four Manifestations On Six Elements". "Two Perfect Fifths, A Major Third Apart, Reinforced Twice" (1973) is an electronic piece that deals with the search for the essence of timbre, sound color, through exploration of the inert chemical activity in the overtone series of tone fundamentals. In this genre of his work Palestine feels akin to a kind of sound alchemist - blending elements over and over again through the years searching for the Golden Sound - the essence of the chord or harm… Read more
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CHARLEMAGNE PALESTINE - Four Manifestations On Six Elements, Alga Marghen
CHARLEMAGNE PALESTINE - CharleBelllzzz At Saint Thomas, Alga Marghen

CHARLEMAGNE PALESTINE

CharleBelllzzz At Saint Thomas

Alga Marghen

Format_dot_cdCD // £12.99

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: PLANA-P 35NMN090

*Tri-Fold Digipak* Alga marghen release this edition of "CharleBelllzzz at Saint Thomas", a CD in tri-folded digipak sleeve including the original Bells Studies by Charlemagne Palestine. These previously unreleased tracks are both some of the earliest recordings by Charlemagne and some of his darkest and most accomplished works ever. "Bells Carillon" and "St Thomas Bells", both recorded at unidentified dates between 1966 and 1968, are maximal bells pure resonating frontal attacks, building up in a structure that is already anticipating the later Strumming campaigns… Read more
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CHARLEMAGNE PALESTINE - CharleBelllzzz At Saint Thomas, Alga Marghen

Thursday, 09 April

MICHAEL PRICE - Price: Entanglement, ERASED TAPES

MICHAEL PRICE

Price: Entanglement

ERASED TAPES

Format_dot_cdCD // £12.49

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: ERATP067CD

**In which Michael Price, composer for the BBC's 'Sherlock' TV series, explores "the spontaneity of performance and the sound of musicians hearing, connecting and responding" ** "‘Entanglement’, the debut album by Michael Price fulfils his long-term desire to explore new musical territories, featuring Michael on the piano, with the addition of cello, soprano voice, string orchestra, modular synth, tape effects and electronics. Throughout the record you will hear street sounds from 'Budapest' captured and processed on Michael’s mobile phone, as well as chamber music recorded direct to … Read more
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MICHAEL PRICE - Price: Entanglement, ERASED TAPES
NETHERWORLD - ZASTRUGI, Glacial Movements
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NETHERWORLD

ZASTRUGI

Glacial Movements

Format_dot_cdCD // £12.99

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: ICEBERG1

"An Iceberg is a large mass of ice detached from a glacier or from a floating platform of glaciers that drifst in the sea. It is in constant motion and most of its mass remains submerged under surface of the water. The goal of this new Iceberg series of releases on Glacial Movements is to describe through techno / dub music this huge mass of ice. Each record release will be produced in a special maxi digipack with images printed and embossed in spot gloss. The first chapter of this series is "Zastrugi" - the first techno glacial album by Netherworld. It's a wind-eroded, hard-packed snow surface … Read more
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NETHERWORLD - ZASTRUGI, Glacial Movements

Thursday, 02 April

NILS FRAHM - Solo, ERASED TAPES
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NILS FRAHM

Solo

ERASED TAPES

Format_dot_cdCD // £11.99

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: ERATP065CD

"Berlin-based composer Nils Frahm has fast become know as a prolific performer and recording artist with the piano at the core of his work. Piano Day is an official body created by Nils and his closest friends, and will house various exciting, piano-related projects. The first project revealed by the Piano Day team is the building of what will be world’s tallest piano: the Klavins 450. As the life-long dream of David Klavins, it even exceeds the currently largest upright piano there is, the Klavins M370. Situated in Germany, Tübingen, 1.8 tons in weight, 3.7 meters high, its longest strings are abou… Read more
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NILS FRAHM - Solo, ERASED TAPES

Thursday, 19 March

CHILLY GONZALES - Chambers, Gentle Threat
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CHILLY GONZALES

Chambers

Gentle Threat

Format_dot_cdCD // £13.49

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: GENTLE18CD

*Initial copies come with a bonus CD 'Chambers music lessons' audio with chilly as the teacher..."* "Since the release of Solo Piano II, Chilly Gonzales composed the best-selling book of easy piano pieces Re-Introduction Etudes, produced and released Octave Minds, the piano-meets-electronica album with Boys Noize and, most importantly, devoted himself to finding a modern take on chamber music. The result is "Chambers", an album for piano and string quartet (and a few surprises along the way). Inspired by the deepening relationship with Hamburg's Kaiser Quartett, the album re-imagines Romantic… Read more
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CHILLY GONZALES - Chambers, Gentle Threat
INVENTIONS - Maze of Woods (Standard Edition), Bella Union

INVENTIONS

Maze of Woods (Standard Edition)

Bella Union

Format_dot_cdCD // £10.49

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: BELLA477CD

Review to follow shortly…
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Thursday, 05 March

IKUE MORI - In Light of Shadows, Tzadik
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IKUE MORI

In Light of Shadows

Tzadik

Format_dot_cdCD // £13.99

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: TZA4007

"Ikue Mori is one of the most respected composers working in the growing field of laptop electronics. A dedicated and passionate perfectionist, she has created a completely unique and original sound world unlike any other electronic composer around. Her newest album adds a beautiful melodic twist to her moody, detailed and unique soundscapes and is her most stunning creation to date..."
SHIELD PATTERNS - Violet, Gizeh Records

SHIELD PATTERNS

Violet

Gizeh Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £8.99

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: GZH60CD

"Violet is a lovingly crafted progression from Contour Lines - Shield Patterns' highly acclaimed debut album released in the Summer of 2014. The experimentation found there has been explored further to feature samples made from clicking bones, field recordings, heavy drones and a starker approach to production. On first listen the sound is more minimalistic than that debut album but multiple layers gradually reveal themselves over time. Brentnall’s vocals were singled out for particular praise in early reviews and she has refined her vision further here, with her lyrical concerns focussing on t… Read more
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SHIELD PATTERNS - Violet, Gizeh Records

Thursday, 26 February

LEANDRO FRESCO - El Reino Invisible, Kompakt
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LEANDRO FRESCO

El Reino Invisible

Kompakt

Format_dot_cdCD // £13.49

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: KOMPAKTPA1CD

Kompakt's Pop Ambient series comes of age with the first full length offering in its new album series (as opposed to compilations). Hand-picked for the job by series curator, Wolfgang Voigt, Argentina's Leandro Fresco returns to the Kompakt fold more than ten years since his 'Amor Internacional' 12", which hailed as one of the label's best ever releases by Michael Mayer.
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Thursday, 12 February

RYUICHI SAKAMOTO, ILLUHA & TAYLOR DEUPREE - Perpetual, 12K
"In the wet heat of a Japanese summer, legendary musician Ryuichi Sakamoto was joined on stage by Taylor Deupree and the duo of Corey Fuller and Tomoyoshi Date, known as Illuha. The Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media hosted the event as part of their 10 year anniversary which also included a captivating installation by Sakamoto called Forest Symphony. The days surrounding the concert brought the artists together for food, talk and exploration. Informal but meaningful moods that prepared them for performing together. The performance, an improvised set for piano, guitar… Read more
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RYUICHI SAKAMOTO, ILLUHA & TAYLOR DEUPREE - Perpetual, 12K

Thursday, 22 January

EMIKA - Klavirni, Emika Records
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EMIKA

Klavirni

Emika Records

Format_dot_cdCD // £10.99

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: EMKCD01

'Klavírní' is the 2nd solo piano suite by Berlin-based composer, producer, singer, DJ Ema Jolly aka Emika. Her 'Dva' album included a download of Dilo Parts 1-3, and this LP presents parts 4-16, played on a Karl Müller piano in Milton Keynes with a Zoom H4n portable recorder positioned directly behind the artist "so the listener gets the most intimate sound possible."
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Thursday, 15 January

TAYLOR DEUPREE - Lost & Compiled, 12K
**Edition of 500** Quietly issued on his 2014 tour of Japan, Taylor Deupree's 'Lost + Compiled' finally reaches these shores. It contains six alternate mixes and early versions of tracks released over the last seven years, plus two formerly unreleased sketches hashed out between 2012-2013. They're all typically hushed and lovely if you're familiar with Deupree's stuff, which is who this collection is probably intended for, giving ghostly impressions of what would be, and dusty glimpses of works-in-progress which never quite surfaced.
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Thursday, 08 January

CHARLOTTE MOORMAN - Cello Anthology (Box Set), Alga Marghen
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CHARLOTTE MOORMAN

Cello Anthology (Box Set)

Alga Marghen

Format_dot_cd4CD + Book Deluxe Box Set // £79.99

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: 27NMN064

**Stunning boxset (10"x10") - Includes 4 CD's, a 154 page book with original documents, full colour photos and scores; a set of 16 full colour inserts reproducing the original posters and programs of the Annual Avant Garde Festival of New York. Limited to 500 copies** "It is certainly surprising that until now an exhaustive recognition of the work of Charlotte Moorman has not been undertaken. The cellist can be numbered among the most charismatic and influential protagonists to have appeared on the avant-garde or experimental music scenes since the early '60s. A documentatio… Read more
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CHARLOTTE MOORMAN - Cello Anthology (Box Set), Alga Marghen
VOLKER HEYN - Sirènes, EDITION RZ
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VOLKER HEYN

Sirènes

EDITION RZ

Format_dot_cdCD // £15.99

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: EDRZ1025

Review to follow shortly…
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HARLEY GEBER - Indra's Net, EDITION RZ
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HARLEY GEBER

Indra's Net

EDITION RZ

Format_dot_cdCD // £13.99

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: EDRZ1022

**Features two long-form tonal compositions, Sovereign of the Center (1972-1974) and the engrossingly slow movement of The Realm of Indra‘s Net (1974), running to 60 minutes total. Housed in gatefold slipcase with 20-page booklet of notes in German and English** "Both works on this CD form, in a manner of speaking, bookends for another piece of mine, The Winds Rise in the North. The first of the two, Sovereign of the Centre, was my initial attempt at putting a new musical way of thinking into an ensemble rather than solo form. The second, The Realm of Indra's Net, builds on musical "discoveri… Read more
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HARLEY GEBER - Indra's Net, EDITION RZ
JOHN MCGUIRE - Works For Instruments, EDITION RZ
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JOHN MCGUIRE

Works For Instruments

EDITION RZ

Format_dot_cd2CD // £18.99

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: EDRZ20003-4

**Trifold slipcase with 12-page booklet of notes in German and English, plus graphic scores** "Instrumental compositions by "post-minimalist" John McGuire who took classes with Karlheinz Stockhausen and Gottfried Michael Koenig, among others. Each of the compositions of American composer John McGuire describes, in its own way, a multi-dimensional sonic space which the listener can take in from various vantage points and, in so doing, experience the very same sound in different guises. Disc 1 - 1. Cadence Music for 21 instruments (1982-85, Ensemble Modern, Director: Ernest Bour) 2. E… Read more
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JOHN MCGUIRE - Works For Instruments, EDITION RZ
CHARLOTTE MOORMAN - Cello Anthology (Vol. 4), Alga Marghen
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CHARLOTTE MOORMAN

Cello Anthology (Vol. 4)

Alga Marghen

Format_dot_cdCD // £13.99

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: 27NMN064.4

"This CD restores three documents from the Charlotte Moorman canon. One happy example is a choral work performed on the 3rd of September 1964, during the second New York Avant Garde Festival, a performance of Jackson Mac Low's composition "The Long Hot Summer." This very relevant concert, distinguished by a marked ethico-political intonation and valence, sees in an exceptional reunion the names of Charlotte Moorman, Nam June Paik, Benjamin Patterson, Philip Corner, and Malcolm Goldstein, as well as Mac Low himself. The voice of Charlotte Moorman, characterized by her unmistakab… Read more
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CHARLOTTE MOORMAN - Cello Anthology (Vol. 4), Alga Marghen
CHARLOTTE MOORMAN - Cello Anthology (Vol. 1), Alga Marghen
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CHARLOTTE MOORMAN

Cello Anthology (Vol. 1)

Alga Marghen

Format_dot_cdCD // £13.99

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: 27NMN064.1

The first of four discs split from the stunning 'Cello Anthology' boxset, this volume highlights an exceptional performance recorded by WBAI radio in New York, September 12th, 1964. While scarcely documented on most formats, Charlotte Moorman's cello performances, often in duo with Nam June Paik, were pivotal to the recognition and development of avant-garde art and music during her lifetime, 1933-1991, from setting up the Annual Avant Garde Festival of New York, to her work intersecting the fluxus movement, sexual politics and experimental music. This disc features six present… Read more
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CHARLOTTE MOORMAN - Cello Anthology (Vol. 1), Alga Marghen
CHARLOTTE MOORMAN - Cello Anthology (Vol. 2), Alga Marghen
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CHARLOTTE MOORMAN

Cello Anthology (Vol. 2)

Alga Marghen

Format_dot_cdCD // £13.99

MODERN CLASSICAL / AMBIENT

Cat. Number: 27NMN064.2

"This CD presents a concert from July 25th, 1966 in the Theatersaal in Aachen, Germany. In addition to the New York concert on September 12th, 1964, the recordings of this European concert well represent the kind of performances that Charlotte Moorman and Nam June Paik presented in Europe in the second stage of their historical "duo" exhibitions. This Aachen event, in fact, is testimony to the progressive and always more pronounced emergence of meta-musical elements deliberately turned toward the demystification of "ritualistic" meanings of a concert, even while consciously acc… Read more
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CHARLOTTE MOORMAN - Cello Anthology (Vol. 2), Alga Marghen