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Drum Together / Peter Sadlo, Famadi Sako, Et Al

Release Date: 11/13/2001 
Label:  Teldec   Catalog #: 85877   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Dean WilmingtonJohn CageMatthias SchmittIannis Xenakis,   ... 
Performer:  Peter SadloClaudio EstayDean WilmingtonPhilipp Jungk,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

There is no substitute for hearing percussion music live, especially if the hall is wet and resonant, but this release at least comes close to an exciting and vital approximation. Drum Together is an interesting sampling of compositions for percussion, mixing the new and just-out-of-the-gate with some avant-garde standbys. The result is a CD that certainly grooves and grooves heavy.

The ensemble's reading of John Cage's Third Construction (which uses all manner of things as instruments, from the more conventional percussion to cricket callers and tin cans) is as exciting as any recording of this piece, finding the beauty and the menace in the work. If this recording of Xenakis' Psappha, a solo star-turn, waxes dull, it
Read more is through no fault of Peter Sadlo, who infuses as much life as he can into this redundant and shapeless work. Minoru Miki's Marimba Spiritual exploits the murkiest parts of the instrument, and Sadlo plays it with all the authority and austerity it requires.

Dean Wilmington's Heat is dark and evocative, with a midsection that grooves without being cheap or derivative--and the composer himself plays the didgeridoo to great effect, dueling well with the marimba in the work's terse opening. In Ghanaia, Matthias Schmitt, new-agey rainsticks aside, has created something that falls gracefully into the minimalist camp, full of sparkle and surprising harmonic turns. Nandor Weisz's Improvisation Latino is an interesting, indeterminate piece full of organized material that allows room for invention, which the group does in an exciting and recklessly powerful fashion. It may not strike you as "classical", but it will cause your toe to tap.

Each instrument was carefully recorded, giving a sound that has depth and is also specific, which is crucial in recording an instrument such as the marimba. If you listen to this disc at high volume, you might just feel like those drummers are in the room with you, and it makes for a gutsy, visceral experience.
--Daniel Felsenfeld, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

Heat by Dean Wilmington
Performer:  Peter Sadlo (Marimba), Claudio Estay (Percussion), Dean Wilmington (Didjeridu),
Philipp Jungk (Percussion), Li Biao (Percussion)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 12/2000 
Venue:  Teldec Classics Studio, Berlin 
Length: 8 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Peter Sadlo 
Third Construction for 4 Percussionists by John Cage
Performer:  Philipp Jungk (Percussion), Peter Sadlo (Percussion), Claudio Estay (Percussion),
Li Biao (Percussion)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1941; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/2000 
Venue:  Teldec Classics Studio, Berlin 
Length: 11 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Ghanaia by Matthias Schmitt
Performer:  Philipp Jungk (Percussion), Claudio Estay (Percussion), Li Biao (Percussion),
Famadi Sako (Djembe), Peter Sadlo (Marimba)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1997 
Date of Recording: 12/2000 
Venue:  Teldec Classics Studio, Berlin 
Length: 9 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Peter Sadlo 
Psappha by Iannis Xenakis
Performer:  Peter Sadlo (Percussion)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1975; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 12/2000 
Venue:  Teldec Classics Studio, Berlin 
Length: 13 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Marimba Spiritual by Minoru Miki
Performer:  Claudio Estay (Percussion), Li Biao (Percussion), Philipp Jungk (Percussion),
Peter Sadlo (Marimba)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1984; Japan 
Date of Recording: 12/2000 
Venue:  Teldec Classics Studio, Berlin 
Length: 13 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Improvisation Latino by Nandor Weisz
Performer:  Peter Sadlo (Percussion), Claudio Estay (Percussion), Philipp Jungk (Percussion),
Nandor Weisz (Percussion)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 12/2000 
Venue:  Teldec Classics Studio, Berlin 
Length: 10 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Peter Sadlo 

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