Enno Poppe, Schrank, Interpreten: Ensemble mosaik (Enno Poppe, conductor); Daniel Gloger, countertenor; Ernst Surberg, virtual Hammond organ, Kairos 0013252KAI – 2013
Berlin-based composer Enno Poppe, who as both composer and conductor is certainly one of the leading musicians of contemporary music active on the scene today, conducts his own ensemble mosaik through performances of three of the works contained on this CD, Trauben, Schrank, and Salz, while soloists Daniel Gloger and Ernst Surberg brilliantly perform the other two, Arbeit and Wespe.
In his illuminating linear notes, Björn Gottstein notes a fundamental contradiction present in Poppe’s music, that of order and chaos. The musical fundamentals, e.g. the pieces’ internal architecture, glissando motives, intervallic relations and timbral constitution, run like a thread through all five of the works and the individual movements of longer pieces like Schrank to create a cohesive and comprehensible whole – this despite the at times seemingly overwhelming complexity and virtuosity of the music. Poppe’s ingenious exploitation of these material and formal contradictions constitutes the force of his compositions. Whether the piece is written for solo virtual Hammond organ or ensemble, the composer’s skillful, gestural manipulation of sound produces a specific type of musicality, incomparable to anything else heard today.
(01) Arbeit I (2007) 4:47
(02) Wespe (2005) 7:45
(03) Arbeit II (2007) 3:05
(04) Trauben (2004-05) 11:27
(05) Arbeit III (2006-07) 5:44
(06-16) Schrank (1989-2009) 25:15
(17) Salz (2005) 15:52