The multiple letter way of spelling is irritating but it's one of the few derogatory things you can say about Charlemagne Palestine. Here he collaborates with Rrose (he's at it too) for a rendition of Palestine's classic 1976 era work The Golden Mean as performed at the Festival Variations in Nantes in March 2018. Expect even more notes than letters.
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Beautifully captured, intimate recording of two masters of minimalism performing Palestine's 1976 work 'The Golden Mea'n. Originally played by living legend Charlemagne Palestine on two pianos and now ably assisted by Rrose - one of techno's shining lights - and an absolute pro when it comes to reduced, stripped back, repetitive, hypnotic and mesmerising electronic music - but who knew this artist was in possession of such skills on the old ivories? Initially, I was surprised when I read about this collaboration, but taking the aforementioned into account - it makes perfect sense, and indeed, Rrose has ventured further from the techno template in the past - lest we forget the superb Rrose Plays James Tenney 'Having Never Written A Note For Percussion' LP on further Records from 2015.
Had I heard this performance I would never have guessed that Rrose was involved - but that's to her absolute credit - this is, after all, a Palestine piece and she plays it as such with a sensitive appreciation of its delicate power and beauty. Together the duo create gorgeous waves of rippling notes that we can ride like waves into the sunset, ascend into the skies and towards the moonlight and beyond. It's an exquisite, sublime and transcendent composition that's an absolute delight be immersed in. I reckon if I'd have been at the performance my tear ducts would have been working overtime. Obligatory shot of soft toy mass population inhabiting piano on the sleeve is pretty sweet too.
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