CLAUS-STEFFEN MAHNKOPF (b.1962): Rhizom, 5 kleine Lakunaritäten, Kammerminiatur, Kammerstück, Le rêve d'ange nouveau, Beethoven-Kommentar, Prospero-Fragmente.
Catalogue Number: 10O091
Description: Mahnkopf's complex, atonal piano works come with highly articulate, thought-provoking technical and philosophical explanations by the composer. How much of this is, or is expected to be, audible in the music is open to question; Rhizom was apparently inspired by aspects of Glenn Gould's pianism, for instance, and the Lakunaritäten by fractal geometry, though these are perhaps blueprints from the composer's workshop rather than useful guides for the listener. Mahnkopf's polyphonic thinking is very detailed, and it has to be said that his exceptionally complicated textures, for instance in Rhizom or Kammerminiatur are always a result of many distinct lines, often requiring distinguishing voicing from the performer, running simultaneously; this really is counterpoint, though of a very avant garde flavor. Several of the pieces are the result of a different aspect of this polyphonic approach; the two pieces from Kammerzyklus are adapted versions of the cadenza and remaining piano material of a piece with ensemble, the ensemble material also being performable separately as chamber works; and Prospero-Fragmente is assembled from the piano part of a concertante work, with additional material allowing interpretive freedom. Ermis Theodorakis (piano).