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    Pape, Gerard – “Ascension to Purgatory ” – [Mode Records]

    Things to like about this release. It has a title that sounds
    like it belongs more in the metal genre. It features a LOT
    of diversity for a modern classical release, this is not one
    conceptual aspect from a composer stretched out for an hour.
    You’ve got slithery strings including amplified cello and
    viola along with some scritty Arditti violin. These three
    string flings help to divide the release up. The first piece
    alternates between crazed phasey choruses and deep powerful
    percussion! It will scare people in rooms next door when it
    plays, the way it gets pummelled into a gong coma over and
    over on part four for example. Also if you listen to the
    very end of the CD, it actually segues beautifuly back to
    the choruses on the first track (which almost sound like
    human beings rubbed like champagne glasses till resonating).
    Back to drums, Roland Auzet who shines on the initial
    “Funeral Sentences” similary strikes deep bolts of sound
    on the title composition, but with a heavy rolling to
    rise above the stochastic STOCHOS compu-processing. That
    being said, not much is left to chance on this very fine
    and well-ordered release.

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on October 13, 2006 at 1:30 am
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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