Steffen Schleiermacher plays ONO

Steffen Schleiermacher, Klavier
CD: MDG 613 1911-2

Fluxus Piano

Sylvano Bussotti (* 1931)
Four Piano Pieces for David Tudor (1959)

Toru Takemitsu (1930-1996)
Piano Distance (1961)

Frederic Rzewski (* 1938)
Study II (Dreams) (1961)

Toshi Ichiyanagi (* 1933)
Music for Piano No. 4 (1961)

Philip Corner (* 1933)
Piano Activities (1962) (piece for many pianists)

Terry Jennings (* 1940)
Piano Piece

Dick Higgins (1938-1999)
Litany Piano Piece for Emmett Williams (1962)

John Cage (1912-1992)
Variations I (1958) Version for piano solo

Yoko Ono (* 1933)
Overtone Piece (1964) Version for piano solo

Ben Patterson (* 1934)
Ants (1964)

György Ligeti (1923-2006)
Trois Bagatelles for piano (1961)

Steffen Schleiermacher, piano
Stefan Fricke, piano, voice (8, 13), Harald Muenz, voice (10),
Alper Maral, piano (8)
Friedrich Wilhelm Rödding, piano (8)

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Taboo Breakers

The piano is a taboo. It must be destroyed. Nam June Paik issued this demand during the early 1960s. Such violent treatment of the instrument
representing middle-class music culture like no other is indeed rooted very deeply in collective memory; this is what the mild-mannered music lover first
recalls with great concern when the term Fluxus is heard. However, as Steffen Schleiermacher shows with a couple of friends on his latest CD, there is
much more to Fluxus. With great seriousness the Fluxists seek and find highly individual forms of expr ession, even on the piano. Along with reminiscences
of Dada, miniatures are produced surprising us even fifty years later with their unconventional view of music and sound.

Joy of the Public

George Maciunas was the initiator of this group of artists whose members sought to distinguish their work from happenings aiming at the greatest possible
one-time effect. Fluxus c oncerts could be repeated, but what was included in the repertoire remained in flux. Steffen Schleiermac hers selection
contains some works by composers such as John Cage, Yoko Ono, and György Ligeti that were performed at the International Festival of the Newest Music held
in Wiesbaden in 1962. Ligetis Bagatelles formed the conclusion of the program, very much to the joy of the public as is very much in audible evidence

Fascinating Sounds

The Fluxus composers offered the performing musicians a great deal of freedom for making their own decisions. Whether the composition was limited to more
or less specific playing instructions, as in Yoko Onos Overtone Piece and Philip Corners Piano Activities, or had a difficult-to-interpret graphic
score, as with Toshi Ichiyanagi or the master calligrapher Sylvano Bussotti, Steffen Schleiermacher has no equals when it comes to transforming cryptic
sources into fascinating sounds. Fluxus first revealed how ants could contribute to the healing process when Ben Pattersons Ants met Maciunas Solo
for Sick Man. However, imitation of this work interpreted by Stefan Fricke is not something we would recommend!

In Flux

Litany Piano Piece by Dick Higgins develops an atmosphere endowed with an absolutely spiritual dimension by the speech artist Harald Muenz in its
simultaneous presentation with Litany and Response by Emmet Williams. And then completely unexpectedly music of the spheres of the greatest
tenderness domi nates with captivating simplicity in the Piano Piece by Terry Jennings this too is Fluxus!


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