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Genre
Classical, 20th Century
Label
Neos
Released
April 26, 2019

Format: Compact Disc

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With his new CD "Quiet Stone" Laurie Altman draws the listener into a musical world that is completely different to that of his previous three NEOS recordings. In a certain sense, his background as a jazz pianist shines through: Instead of large, fully composed works he offers miniatures with some improvised passages.

The recordings are strongly characterized by the presence of a 13-string guitar belonging to Laurie Altman's stage partner of many years, Anders Miolin.

With his new CD "Quiet Stone" Laurie Altman draws the listener into a musical world that is completely different to that of his previous three NEOS recordings. In a certain sense, his background as a jazz pianist shines through: Instead of large, fully composed works he offers miniatures with some improvised passages.

The recordings are strongly characterized by the presence of a 13-string guitar belonging to Laurie Altman's stage partner of many years, Anders Miolin.

"The first piece, 'Winter's Passage', is a pictorial representation of a day, winter, that despite its cold wind, touched me with a kind of warmth and wonder. It features Andreas Kühnrich's haunting cello; a wind-swept voice telling its own story.
'La Musique des Troubadours' aligns a past with a present, a 12th century poem of Guiraut Riquier, its sentiments (powerful in scope), and a form of expression exploiting sparse, thin textural support to Isabel Pfefferkorn's ancient inspired vocals.
'Standard Twists' takes a somewhat unorthodox approach to three American standards by applying a totally different melodic contour and shape to these lovely lyrics. I discovered that providing different melodic choices only served to heighten the lyrics intensity and specificity because they were no longer attached to the tunes, so many of us had become accustomed to listening too.
Anders Miolin's 13-string guitar lends its unique tonal character and sonic poignancy to Eyes Light. Originally a piano work, Anders has re-imagined it for his instrument with a delicate and wistful effect.

The Japanese Suite finds its inspiration from a trip to Japan three years ago that my wife, Jeannine and I took. I sought here a range of colours in these four works from the delicate to the frenetic; from the spatial to the complex; with improvisations as integral structural component.

Prelude # 17, the last piece in my Piano Preludes, expresses a jazzy, urgent and energetic framework within its brief time span. Being the last piece of the set seemed to drive its completion towards the final ending in a most breathless and emphatic manner.

'J's Way' portrays my wife Jeannine in whatever muse she presented to me on the day of its composing. Her inspiration has been eternal, and I continue to seek out different sonic combinations and frameworks to express and capture both my love and my fascination with her enduring presence in our life together.

'Persona' is an homage to the great Swedish film director, Ingmar Bergman and his film of the same name. An intensely personal study of the human psyche, the film, as well as my music, reflects upon human silence (Elizabeth, an actress who one night stops speaking in the middle of the performance, and has been silent ever since) and brings to the piece its space and the very unresolved character inherent in the musical interplay between the guitar and the piano.

'50 MM' is a birthday present for my friend, Matthias Mueller on the occasion of his 50th. Free, loose, spontaneous and interactive ? different in intensity and character than the other works on the CD, yet it reflects upon the ways in which a work of music moves both inside and outside itself as it finds its way back to where it began, or perhaps to where it had never even started." Laurie Altman

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Key Value
Catalogue number NEOS11907
Barcode 4260063119071
Number of items 1
Packaging type Digipak
Imported No
Weight 80g
Dimensions (LxWxH) 140mm x 10mm x 125mm

Disc 1

Track Listing — Disc 1

Song Title Time
1. Winter's Passage 06:31
2. La Musique Des Troubadours 06:40
3. Three Miniatures 04:00
4. Standard Twists 10:19
5. Eyes Light 04:25
6. Japanese Suite - # 1 Imperial Palace 06:52
7. Japanese Suite - # 2 Takashi Station 03:19
8. Japanese Suite - # 3 Quiet Stone 05:11
9. Japanese Suite - # 4 Passages In Kyosan 05:58
10. Prelude # 17 03:06
11. J's Way 10:40
12. Persona 05:24
13. 50 Mm 05:59