An expansion of the notion of music itself is necessarily linked to an extension of the instrumental boundaries; the piano cannot be spared from this process, lest it permanently becomes a “piece of furniture,” as Helmut Lachenmann had already characterized it in the late 1970′s. Which paths the extension can take is demonstrated by Sebastian Berweck on this album, with compositions which approach the dissolution of ossified pianistic convention from a variety of perspectives.
‘Berweck […] acts more as a partner to the instrument than its tamer’ - 24/25
Neue Zeitschrift (Schott Music) (Full review here, German)
‘Sebastian Berweck is the star’ hcmf// blog
1 Benjamin Lang: ABDucensparese
2 Michael Maierhof: splitting 16 für Klavier
3 James Saunders: #250904-r
4 Thomas Wenk: Recordame
5 Johannes Kreidler: Klavierstück 5
Sebastian Berweck piano and analogue electronics
ABOUT THE ARTIST
This collection of works extends the arena of action for both the piano as an instrument and the pianist as performer. Using simple analogue electronic and preparations, these compositions reveal 'shadow aspects' of 'pianism' by transposing the way the pianist performs beyond the keyboard, and in the case of Thomas Wenks' Recordame, dispensing with the piano altogether. Sebastian Berweck is one of the most sought-after pianists in the field of experimental contemporary music. He has commissioned and premiered over 100 works and has appeared as a soloist at the Salzburger Festspiele, ISCM World Music Days (Switzerland, Stuttgart, Vilnius), Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Spring in Heidelberg, Nous Sons Festival Barcelona and the Darmstadt Summer Courses. He is the co-founder of the stock11.de collective of composers and performers, and completed a PhD at CeReNeM on performance practice issues in music with live electronics.
Mastered on September 2009 at ZKM (Germany) by Sebastian Schottke