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Friedrich Goldmann - Late Works

Tracklisting: 1 Haiku a 6 2 Ensemblekonzert 3 3 Sisyphos zu zweit 4 Wege Gewirr Ausblick

macro recordings LC 18346 [Macro M24]

macro recordings of Germany kindly sent me unsolicited the .mp3 files of their forthcoming release with a command to Enjoy!

I'd never consciously heard of this Goldmann (they have also his son, Stefan, a leading producer and DJ of avant-garde techno). Although Friedrich had been commissioned and performed by such as the Berliner Philharmoniker, Pierre Boulez, Ensemble Modern, Arditti Quartet and Daniel Barenboim.

I did enjoy the music, particularly as downloading and dragging the .mp3 files into iTunes was smooth as butter, and with new equpment I was able to appreciate the superb recording quality and, too, exuberant performances, some of which are by an (excellent) student orchestra, with extravagant exotic instrumentation.

The documentary information for this release is however, rather basic, and remains so in the CD version, not to be compared with those reviewed in my recent traul of New Formats for recorded music. There is a full page CV of this composer, but no helpful notes about the works themselves to supplement that.

However, yes, Friedrich Goldmann (1941 – 2009) ought to become known posthumously in UK, but with so many others from "abroad", live and dead, jostling for ever fewer opportunities here (especially for orchestral music) his chances are not good...

The disc is warmly recommended, in either format, for the music itself.

Peter Grahame Woolf

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