Schubert: “Abschied”, D. 475

/…/ is one of the most inspired settings by the then nineteen-year-old composer, a miracle of mellow detachment and the ability to sublimate expression through silence. [Stewart Spencer] Über die Berge zieht ihr fort, Kommt an manchen grünen Ort; Muss zurücke ganz allein, Lebet wohl! es muss so sein. Scheiden, meiden was man liebt, Ach […]

George Antheil: Ballet Mecanique: For Pianola Solo and Percussion Ensemble

/…/ an elaborate sacrifice is dramatized in the closing moments of the Ballet Mecanique when, after a fiendish cadenza, the pianola breaks down. The machine stutters, becomes stuck on a single phrase … a trill and leaping clusters. And as the machine expires Antheil introduces increasingly longer silences, according to Slonimsky, the first time in […]

El silencio antes de Bach [playlist]

1. Bach: Aria mit verschiedenen Veranderungen. Goldberg Variationen (BWV 988) – Aria & variatio 1 a 1 Clav. Pianola 2. Bach: Goldberg Variationen (BWV 988) – Variatio 2 a 1 Clav. & Variatio 5 a 1 ovvero 2 Clav. [fragmentos] Antonio Serrano, armónica 3. Bach: Prelude & Fugue In A Minor, BWV 543 – Prelude […]

‘El silencio antes de Bach’

‘Die Stille vor Bach‘, Pere Portabella 2007 J.S. Bach: Variaciones Goldberg, variación 28. Daniel Ligorio, piano Beatriz Ferrer-Salat; Casandro