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ARTIST
TITLE
Ursonate
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
BASTA 9145 BASTA 9145
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
8/30/2004

"In 1979, Blonk first heard the ursonate as read by Dutch actor Hans Hausdorfer. Over the following years he took to learning the piece by heart, bit by bit, in such a way that each segment acquired an individual meaning for him. For a long time, the Schwitters estate did not give permission to issue recordings of his works. Only in 2002 the ban was lifted and the performing and publishing rights were turned over to a foundation based in the Sprengel Museum in Hannover, the Kurt und Ernst Schwitters Stiftung. This meant that, finally, Blonk's 1986 studio recording could be made available to the public. On the present CD, Blonk decided to add a recent recording of the sonata. For reasons of contrast he chose a live recording from 2003, made in a richly reverberant space. It is complete and unedited, spiced with the inevitable odd slip of the tongue that helps keeping a live performance alive." Published with 36 page booklet, including complete libretto.