HELMUT LACHENMANN (b.1935): Accanto for Clarinet and Orchestra (Eduard Brunner [clarinet], Saarbrücken Radio Symphony Orchestra; Hans Zender), Consolation I for 12 Voices and 4 Percussionists (Schola Cantorum Stuttgart, Arno Arndt, Siegfried Fink, Hermann Gschwendtner, Michael Ranta [percussion], Clytus Gottwald [conductor]), Kontrakadenz for Large Orchestra (Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra; Michael Gielen).
Catalogue Number: 05M100
Reference: WER 6738 2
Description: This reissue of a 1985 LP presents three works from the late '60s and '70s, the phase of Lachenmann's career when he was most concerned with liberating and rehabilitating pure sound, free of the conventional social trappings accorded to a select group of sounds in the name of 'music'. Accanto parodies Mozart's Clarinet Concerto, which briefly surfaces in tiny fragments, while the bulk of the piece consists of the orchestra treated as a percussive meta-instrument, all clickings and rustling breath noises. Consolation I sets a text by Ernst Toller against a persistent percussion score, the text broken and fragmented, distributed and dispersed throughout the music. Kontrakadenz employs a large orchestra, used in extended playing technique mode almost throughout (with occasional fragments of 'conventional' music, sounding most unconventional in this context, as with the Mozart references in Accanto), compelling both performers and listeners to re-evaluate orchestral sonorities in terms of both their natural sonic characteristics and the human effort required to produce them. Original 1985 Wergo release.