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Bernhard Lang - Das Theater der Wiederholungen, I Hate Mozart (2006)

Ima li boljeg naslova za suvremenu operu od Mrzim Mozarta?
Lang je suludo dobar. Shizofrena klasika koja se vrti u centrifugalnom mozgu.
U nenarativnim libretima slaže tekstove de Sadea, Huysmansa, Burroughsa itd.

I Hate Mozart 

Das Theater der Wiederholungen

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In Das Theater der Wiederholungen (The Theatre of Repetitions), Bernhard Lang confronts the dialectic inherent in repetition: it can put us into a trance state of self-forgetting (as he claims minimalist music often does), but on the other hand, it is a critical component in the process of learning and remembering. Lang's synthesis involves subtly differentiated repetition that sounds very little like the repetitions of American-style minimalism. He breaks his larger musical structures into fragments that overlap polyphonically, or which are varied by temporal displacement, and he strategically limits the number of repeats. The result sounds like a kaleidoscope of constantly changing gestures, but with each gesture being repeated a few times, often with subtle variation, before moving on to the next. The technique is genuinely effective; if the musical material were played straight through without repeats, this would be a much shorter piece than its current 105 minutes, but the density of the material would leave the listener's head spinning. The repetition of short, discrete, gestures allows the listener to absorb, and form a connection with each gesture before it evolves into the next. The music is far friendlier and much less intimidating than the theoretical framework that Lang used to generate it; it includes an eclectic range of evocative tonal colors, rich harmonies and memorable melodic fragments.
The non-narrative libretto is in three sections. The first, using texts by de Sade and Huysmans, is in French and is set in the eighteenth century. The second, in English, using texts by William Burroughs, is set in the nineteenth century, and the third, set in the twentieth century, uses German texts derived from the Nuremberg trials and reports from concentration camps. Neither the libretto nor the CD's notes clarifies what stage action would be involved. Johannes Kalitzke leads the performance by vocal soloists, the instrumental ensemble Klangforum Wein, and the vocal ensemble Les Jeunes Soloistes. The performers sing and play with conviction and panache, making a convincing case for Lang's unique musical language. -  Stephen Eddins  


Bernhard Lang's ambitious, open-ended cycle of works, Differenz/Wiederholung -- roughly translated as Differentiation/Repetition -- is represented here by three examples that effectively illustrate his methods. DW 8 (2003), for orchestral loops and two turntable soloists, pits the improvisational record "scratching" of Dieter Kovacic and Marina Rosenfeld against the churning patterns of the Symphonie Orchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, directed by Peter Rundel. Though the overlapping orchestral ostinati and the soloists' random sounds are dense and complex, the aggregate proceeds at a massively slow pace, and sectional contrasts matter more than the close investigation of any single idea. DW 15 (2003), a group of four songs for alto zither, voice, and CD player, is similarly modular in effect, though the looped patterns in Marina Koppelstetter's expressionistic lines and Georg Glasl's scraping zither part change erratically and are utterly unpredictable. DW 3 (2000) is quite concentrated in its short units, and flutist Caren Levine, accordionist Stefan Hussong, and cellist Michael Moser seem tightly focused in their interlocking sequences, which often merge into heterophony. These live performances were recorded in Munich in 2004, and Col Legno has provided clean and finely balanced sound throughout, so the CD seems almost as polished as a studio production. -  Blair Sanderson

Maerzmusik 2011 - "TablesAreTuned" - ein Projekt von Bernhard Lang und Alter Ego mit Philip Jeck

TablesAreTurned is the first collaboration between one of the most significant Austrian composers of today, Bernhard Lang, and prominent English turntablist Philip Jeck.
There is no doubt that mutual interested in loop technique, led to the musical collaboration between two artists, connecting the worlds of academic philosophy with underground aesthetic.
Unlike his previous works, where Lang was able to transform an ensemble into a big loop generator (his series of Differenz / Wiederholung pieces, accomplished with magnum opus opera, monumental Das Theater der Wiederholungen / The Theatre of Repetitions), here he is turning into cellular automata, generating counterpoint based on the rest of the loops.
On the other side, Jeck offers low-fi locked grooves, making the perfect extended interludes between powerful ensemble episodes.
Premiered at Berlinerfestspiele, but also performed at Wien Modern and Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, the piece is now available for the first time in  alimited double-vinyl edition.

- The Wire

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