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Artist: STIEBLER, ERNSTALBRECHT
Title: Kanon / Torsi
Format: LP
Label: Edition Telemark
Country: Germany
Price: $29.00
"Ernstalbrecht Stiebler (b. 1934) is a German composer of minimalist and reductionist contemporary music. His name is still most closely associated with his long-time position as radio editor and producer for New Music at the Hessian Broadcasting Corporation (Hessischer Rundfunk), but his own compositional oeuvre -- beginning in 1955 and continuing until now -- has, in recent years, attracted more attention with various concerts and several releases. Having attended the Darmstadt International Summer Courses for New Music from 1958 onwards, Stiebler decided in 1963 to leave serial music behind and opted instead for his own reductionist style built on minimalist structures and repetitions, though not in any way related to the so-called minimal music but rather influenced by minimalism in visual art. In terms of composers of his time, the closest stylistic relationship that could be drawn is to Morton Feldman. Stieblers approach is best summarized in his own words: "Music is too important to burden it with emotions." This LP pairs two organ-based works: "Kanon" (1980) for organ, electric organ and wind instruments, and "Torsi" (2002) for organ in three movements: "Torso", "Organa minima", and "Cantus". The latter recording, made at St. Stephens Church in Konstanz (organ: Hans-Peter Schulz), was previously released on CD by m=minimal (MINIMAL 017CD, 2013). "Kanon" is a previously unreleased recording. Includes an extensive interview conducted by Jens Strüver about Stieblers compositional views and techniques. Gatefold sleeve; Edition of 300." - Edition Telemark.

Artist: STIEBLER, ERNSTALBRECHT
Title: Mit der Zeit
Format: CD
Label: M=Minimal
Country: Germany
Price: $24.00
"As German minimalist composer Ernstalbrecht Stiebler celebrates his 80th birthday in 2014, the M=minimal label honors the work of this master of reduction with its third release dedicated exclusively to his work. In contrast to other modern composers that use avant-garde special effects, Stiebler builds his compositions around small sound spaces. Stieblers compositional works are characterized by minimalist reduction, emphasizing individual sounds that open up and engage with each other. As the composer himself said in an interview, his music is not intended to be easy. He demands a certain concentration of his listeners. Once you accept it, you get rewarded with shifted time perception. A piece lasting 15 minutes in duration can be perceived as 45 minutes. During his early studies of composition and piano in 1959 and 1960, Stiebler received suggestions from Karlheinz Stockhausen. Throughout his career, hes worked as an editor for numerous contemporary music publications. He has composed works for Ensemble Modern and supervised recordings by Morton Feldman, John Cage, Alvin Lucier, Giacinto Scelsi, Earle Brown and Christian Wolff. German broadcaster Hessischer Rundfunk commissioned him to compose an orchestral work. As his music has gained more attention in recent years, his works have been performed at many festivals, including CTM, MaerzMusik and Mutek, and a three day festival was organized in Berlin for his 80th birthday." - M=Minimal.

Artist: STIEBLER, ERNSTALBRECHT
Title: Sequenz II - Mitteltöne - Trio 89
Format: LP
Label: M=Minimal
Country: Germany
Price: $27.00
"Ernstalbrecht Stiebler is the first German composer that based his compositions on minimal techniques. This record is the first part of an edition of his works on the M=minimal label. Stiebler, whose first reductionist work Extension I was first performed in 1963, clearly showed an opposite position to the serial composers of that time. As a composer, Stiebler is unfortunately still very unknown, but he has a great reputation as a producer for the German radio. Some of the recordings were released on the prestigious hat ART label. Among other things, he supervised recordings by Morton Feldman, John Cage, Alvin Lucier, Giacinto Scelsi, Earle Brown and Christian Wolff. The work "Sequenz II" for cello and tape from 1984, is available as a new recording with cellist Agnieszka Dziubak. The organ work "Mitteltöne" (1997) was performed by the 77 year-old Stiebler himself and is the first available recording. The recordings were produced by Borngräber & Strüver. "Trio 89" is a key work that was released in 1996 on hat ART and is now finally available again. The recording licensed for this record was produced by German radio RBB in 1994 and was performed by Frances-Marie Uitti (cello), Robyn Schulkowsky (percussion) and Marianne Schroeder (piano). All three of them are well-known for their excellent performances of new music." -M=Minimal.

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