Album Review

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

Thurston Hunger   10/13/2006   A Library, CD

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

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