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Egon Schiele
Rachel's
Egon Schiele
Genres: Alternative Rock, Special Interest, Pop, Rock
 
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Originally performed as a live accompaniment for a 1995 theater-dance production about the life of painter Egon Schiele, this is the both the exception to the Rachel's rule and their defining moment. Though they are normal...  more »

      
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All Artists: Rachel's
Title: Egon Schiele
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Quarter Stick
Original Release Date: 2/20/1996
Release Date: 2/20/1996
Genres: Alternative Rock, Special Interest, Pop, Rock
Styles: Indie & Lo-Fi, Experimental Music, Progressive, Progressive Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 036172003525, 036172003518

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Originally performed as a live accompaniment for a 1995 theater-dance production about the life of painter Egon Schiele, this is the both the exception to the Rachel's rule and their defining moment. Though they are normally a three-headed, multiperson new-music and classical ensemble centered around Jason Noble (ex-Rodan), Christian Frederickson, and Rachel Grimes, this suite was written entirely by Grimes and performed by Grimes (on piano), Frederickson (viola), and cellist Wendy Doyle. As always, the music (not to mention the letter-pressed packaging) is spellbinding; the fact that this is classical music by--and for--people who grew up on indie rock in no way diminishes it, nor does it make the music too low-brow for those with a classical background. For a more complete picture of what the entire Rachel's ensemble is capable of, both Handwriting and The Sea and the Bells are recommended. --Randy Silver

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More beautiful than the moon
Mona Parrish | New York, New York | 09/02/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"It is rare that an instrumental album grabs and holds my attention so strongly. Music for Egon Schiele was a gift from an old friend on my twentieth birthday last year. It was raining when I picked up the mail. The second it spun, I was lost in the deepness of a cello and the compassion of a piano. I remember riding the bus to class with headphones that day as tears began to stream down my cheeks. The same emotions once brought forth by nostalgia or love emerged shockingly from this music. There is nothing like this album; I would reccommend it to anyone with a pulse. I give it a thousand stars. I've never heard any of the other albums by Rachel's completely; Systems/ Layers seems more experimental, the Sea and the Bells sounds very much like this one only softer and more seabound, Handwriting is up next. Here lies some true talent and beauty."
Inspiring
Aage Nielsen | Boise, Idaho United States | 05/26/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The simplicity and warmth from the piano/viola/cello trio configuration on Music for Egon Schiele set this album apart from the other Rachel's recordings. As on their other albums, they compose their own material and play beautifully. I am part of a bass clarinet/viola duo that idolizes this group and we admire any chamber group that can get filed in the indie rock section. Music for Egon Schiele is our (mutually) favorite album. One of my former bass clarinet students (really into indie rock) turned me on to Rachel's and I am forever grateful."
The Musical Voice of Egon Schiele's Art
Aage Nielsen | 08/15/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"There is a repetitive, hypnotic quality to this music written in minor keys. Each beat is a pulse that matches the length of Schiele's calligraphic draftsmanship--just trace (while listening) around one of his drawings to see what I mean. The pathos of his work is equally expressed in the music and reflects, to me, at least, the sadness of his struggle and the composer's sympathy with his unfortunate premature death. Yet, for different reasons, both artists have succeeded. Too bad there's no video of the dance to accompany this fine musical offering."