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Lachenmann: Nun, Notturno (Music For Julia) / Nott, Wdr So


Release Date: 02/25/2003 
Label:  Kairos   Catalog #: 1214   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Helmut Lachenmann
Conductor:  Jonathan Nott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne West German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Experiencing is recognizing the actual as such; knowing without intervention of the self in agreement with the actual. "Pure" describes the state of a real experience as such, with which not even a vestige of thought work can be associated." This is by Kitaro Nishida. It may be a surprise that Helmut Lachenmann, who persistently concentrated on the bourgeois cultural industry in Europe with keen intellectuality and targeted injurious polemics, should, of all things, quote the Japanese philosopher Kitaro Nishida (1870-1945) for his newest orchestra piece enigmatically entitled Nun. Experiencing happiness through fashionable Zen rituals accompanied by incense and temple bells are just as far from the mind of this son of a preacherman living Read more in Stuttgart as is composing a symphonic movement in main sonata form. Nevertheless, there is some overlapping between Nishida's treatise Logic of Place and Lachenmann's own perception of Music as Existential Experience - the title he gives to his own collected work, in which Lachenmann recognizes the pith of his yearnings as a composer of the 20th century. The relatively long time it took Lachenmann to compose his Notturno, it is only fifteen minutes long, already hints at the significance this works plays in the composer's output. Lachenmann's Notturno marks a decisive turning point in the composer's career by creating a new, exemplary compositional aesthetics, which will represent one of the most distinctive positions for decades to come. This development starts out from original sound production using all noisy by-products and integrating ever more fine nuances of this noise production. From this arises the music heard in Notturno. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Nun by Helmut Lachenmann
Conductor:  Jonathan Nott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne West German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1998-1999; Germany 
2.
Notturno "Musik für Julia" by Helmut Lachenmann
Conductor:  Jonathan Nott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne West German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1966-1968; Germany 

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