Notes and Editorial Reviews
Thomas Schafer writes: "Sometimes when I listen to Beat Furrer's music, I am reminded of Evard Munch's painting `The Scream'. Not so much when it erupts and explodes, but, strangely enough, by the passages that are reticent, fragmented, atomized. The eyes wide open with fear, the mouth agape: ready for the eruption - but then nothing more than silence strained to burst - as in the eye of a tornado, in which everything appears treacherously calm. Eerie shadows of sound they frequently are, playing on something unknown, incognizant and unconscious - `playing on' seems oddly inappropriate, since in such moments, the music has intense drawing power that drags the listener into a maelstrom of things unbridled. Many of the composer's works of recent years appear to purposefully thematise these suggestive forces of the `in-between,' as if it were a matter of encoding the moment of the fleeting and the waning, which is more innate to music than many another trait. With the knowledge of factual impossibility, Furrer's scores have inscribed in them an `anyhow' and a `nonetheless.' The center of this recording, the two pieces Quartett and Stimmen that belong together, is just such a shadowy music of waking dreams that wishes to escape from its own self." All this is just another way of saying that the music of Beat Furrer will appeal to your customer with "Open Ears." It is modern, intellectual and intense. It is in short, a very serious listen.