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- Roedelius Plays Piano by Roedelius
8/10 Clinton Staff review, 10 February 2012
This is a recording of when Hans-Joachim Roedelius (Cluster and Harmonia/Krautrock pioneer) put down his electronic machines and proceeded to wow the Bloomsbury Theatre with a display of piano artistry. At that point (1985) Roedelius was known for his electronic work but had bought a piano in '83 and had tinkled upon it for a couple of years before being invited by former collaborator and dome-headed wizard Brian Eno to perform live at the Bloomsbury Theatre. It just so happens that someone had the foresight to tape it and now we reside in the luxury of being able to hear the performance in its entirety from the comfort of our homes. It's a beautiful work, full of subtle colours, shifts and artistry - stunning chord and mood changes.The recording has a beautiful tone and texture and compositionally it never falls into the trap that mars a lot of the ivory-tinklers around today in being too pretty, twinkly or twee. For any fan of the minimal end of the neoclassical movement of recent years this will be a must buy. Haunting elegiac pieces which fit together seamlessly; solo piano throughout, it shifts in such a way that melody and the odd repeating motif provide beautiful mood music.
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