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|Heiner Goebbels, Peter Rundel, Junge Suddeutsche Philharmonie|
Heiner Goebbels: Surrogate Cities
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Classical
Written by German composer and music theater innovator Heiner Goebbels, Surrogate Cities is an exploration of the complexities of the city: "[I]t is an attempt to approach the phenomenon of the city from various sides, to ... more »
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Written by German composer and music theater innovator Heiner Goebbels, Surrogate Cities is an exploration of the complexities of the city: "[I]t is an attempt to approach the phenomenon of the city from various sides, to tell stories of cities, expose oneself to them, observe them...to try and read the city as a text." Incorporating musical flashbacks as well as literary works (with quotes from Paul Auster, Hugo Hamilton, and Heiner Müller), the music is as multifaceted as the nameless, ubiquitous, ancient, and modern cities that it invokes. The CD includes the marvelous, often Reichian, Suite for Sampler and Orchestra and The Horatian--Three Songs (concerning the war between Rome and Alba). It was commissioned to mark the 20th anniversary of the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie and the 1,200th anniversary of the city of Frankfurt, and it represents one of Goebbels's most accomplished and satisfying projects. Despite the music's concentration on the places people live and have lived, this is a moving, sometimes bombastic, often exciting document of people themselves, their memories, and the lives they weave inside structures they only partially construct. --Mark Thwaite
Sublime Surrogate Cities
Jerome Bray | Dublin Ireland | 07/11/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"HEINER GOEBBELS Surrogate Cities (ECM) Violent and tender, and intensely lyrical Surrogate Cities, Heiner Goebbels' extraordinary collection of contradictory compositions explores the "phenomenon of the city from various sides" and tells their stories. Suite For Sampler And Orchestra configures sample and fragments - a 1920s recording of a cantor, a snatch of Scarlatti, some spoken text - with simple melodies and urgent percussion to construct a picture of a city, its architecture in the clanging of brass and its memories in the quotations and samples. In The Horatians:Three Songs, Goebbels frames Heiner Muller's meditation on civic duty and power - what to do with a Horatian who saves his city but kills his sister, and is both a victor and a murder? - in the first two songs with a driving martial rhythm, and in the third with pulsing cello and strings, as Jocelyn B.Smith's exquisite voice moves effortlessly from operatic declamation to bluesy croon, from the epic confrontation between warriors to domestic recitation of the story - "words fall into the wheels of the world, irretrievably making things known to us or unknown." D&C is an animated and dynamic portrait of a city, in which percussion, strings and wind continually collide with one another, their shimmering textures and staccato rhythms coalescing around variants on the pitches of D and C. The final pieces Surrogate, with words by Hugo Hamilton and In the Country Of Last Things, with words by Paul Auster, locates the individual within the cityscape, isolated and alienated. The pounding rhythms of piano and percussion, a jazz inflected pulse which drives David Moss spoken/sung description of a woman running in Surrogate, and the nervy noirish swirl of string and lone trumpet punctuates Moss' monologue and Smith's vocal trilling. Surrogate Cities seemingly disparate parts - Muller's adaptation of Livy and Hamilton's urban vignette - form an organic and sustained dramatic musical narrative, and infuse its theatrical and cinematic intensities with a compelling urgency, as much in Muller's exquisite composition as in Junge Deutsche Philharmonie's performance under conductor Peter Rundel's rigorous direction. Intellectually ambitious and emotionally challenging, Surrogate Cities is very beautiful and affecting collection of music. Sublime."
Inspiring, dark and tantalizing
Corinne Lysaught | Chicago, IL. | 06/09/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I first heard this piece on the radio and it made me stop what I was doing. The large melodic leaps and dark harmonics make this piece one to remember. It totally reeks of the dark underground world of which it speaks. In one of the movements you can hear the doors slamming of this underground city and you can sense things lurking in the shadows. Talk about painting a picture with sound! It is intriguing, dark, and tantalizing; leaving the hairs on the back of your neck standing up, and for those with creative instincts: inspiring you to create."