Album Review

Max Neuhaus “Four Realizations of Stockhausen’s Zyklus” [plana-P] [CD]

nic   6/17/2006   A Library

Master Percussionist Max Neuhaus plays four realizations of composer Karl Heinz Stockhausen’s Zyklus. Neuhaus plays, solo, twenty one different percussion instruments live. All the notes are written out specifically with respect to loudness (one of 12 note sizes), the instrument to be played (instrument symbol), the pitch of the instrument (by a staff), and when the note occurs in time (by correlating time with horizontal space on the page). Stockhausens ‘score? leaves many choices up to the artist, giving a live performance a wide degree of flexibility. The score is circular in that the performer plays from any of a variety of starting notes, plays through the piece and then ends on that starting note. Not for everyone, but an amazing demonstration by a master performer of a legendary composers work.
Version #1- Cymbal crash start, bells, wide dynamic range (9’49”)
Version #2- Drumming start, many silent passages, slow (12’41”)
Version #3- Cymbal start, drums, more organic, less metal (11’17”)
Version #4- Drums, surprise false stops, lots of metal tingles (11’23”)

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