10.Jan.2018 // 19:30
Wiener Konzerthaus, Berio-Saal
PHACE Series 17/18 – N°2
PROGRAM SCHNEE (snow)
Schnee – 10 canons for 9 instruments, 2008 (Austrian premiere) D: 57‘
“Es ist Schnee, es ist Schnee!” (“It is snow, it is snow!”) – The scenery in Hans Abrahamsen’s Schnee is set by these introductory words. Schnee, Abrahamsen’s largest project yet and one of the most remarkable compositions of this century, grew out of his transcribing of Bach canons and is inspired by the inexhaustible variety and the formal rigour of snow. The result is a sequence of canons unfolding in five complementary pairs that mirror each other in their counterpoint and texture, the qualities of one canon reflected and crystallized in the other. The rarefied landscape, cool transparency and chiseled musical texture present an extraordinary sound portrait of the white, crystalline rainfall of almost tangible presence.
About Hans Abrahamsen
In manipulating the listener’s sense of proximity to the sound, Abrahamsen creates a spacial interplay that is far more powerful live than on a recording. Drew Baker, drewbakermusic.com, 08/01/2013
Schnee explores the idea that our perception of nearly identical patterns causes the imagination to project new forms by itself… The listener’s awareness fluctuates between following all the intricate processes and letting them go – and slipping into a pleasurable trance. Guy Dammann, The Guardian, 25/11/2010
Schnee is intense, simple and captivating. Jakob Weigand Goetz, Seismograf, 26/07/2010
Hans Abrahamsen’s Schnee is a wonder. How to say how? It is a sequence of aural images of snow, in some cases onomatopoeic (the swish of brushing off a wooden deck, the soft ease-crunch of steps through a fresh snowfall) but more often poetic. Paul Griffiths, 22/07/2010
Dancing snow flakes, whirling about gently, fluttering down and spreading a transient coat of supernatural beauty over the earth.
PHACE proudly presents the Austrian premiere of Hans Abrahamsen’s Schnee (snow) for ensemble! Choose your favorite position for listening to this remarkable masterpiece: seated or lying on the ground, eyes open or shut…