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Late Works


In a world of crossover and remixes, Macro is the first electronic label to release a CD of pure original works of a contemporary classical/avant-garde composer. Commemorating Friedrich Goldmann's 70th anniversary, the CD presents four key late works. In addition to the retail version, UK magazine The Wire will distribute 9,000 CDs to its subscribers. It is the first time The Wire has distributed a CD by a single German composer. The label and magazine searched for innovative channels of distribution, in order to surpass the restrictions of a niche market and reach an international audience with a background in other musics, including electronic. Friedrich Goldmann, who passed away in 2009, was one of Germany's most distinct composers of his generation. His works were commissioned and performed by leading interpreters, including the Berliner Philharmoniker, Pierre Boulez, Ensemble Modern, Arditti Quartet and Daniel Barenboim. His music is not only heard at leading German and European concert halls and festivals, but was also commissioned for major events like Expo 2000 and the 20th anniversary celebration of the fall of the Berlin Wall at the Brandenburg Gate. As a conductor he has recorded CDs with the works of Stockhausen, Henze and Rihm (for Deutsche Grammophon, Wergo, RCA and others). Friedrich Goldmann also was the academy professor who taught Paul Frick -- now successful with Brandt Brauer Frick in performing techno with the means of a classical ensemble. He is also the father of Stefan Goldmann, one of the leading producers and DJs of avant-garde techno. He therefore had influence on two key figures of experimentation at the intersections of classical and electronic music. Beginning with the delicate shimmer of "Haiku À 6," passing through the detailed treasury of "Ensemblekonzert 3" to the gripping vehemence of "Sisyphos Zu Zweit" and "Wege Gewirr Ausblick," Late Works covers this extraordinarily significant period of the composer's oeuvre. All recordings were either made live during the first performances (with rehearsal guidance by the composer) or in the studio shortly thereafter with the same performers. Being compiled according to this criterion, the CD makes for a holistic listening experience of Friedrich Goldmann's late works despite the differences in instrumentations and spaces.