18
Apr
17

frederick, and then broderick

Each time I travel to Poland I take the opportunity to do a deep dive in Chopin Nocturnes and Sonatas. But this time round, I also asked myself…why do we always listen to defunct composers? So I’ve started wondering…who are the contemporary classical music – or close to classical music – composers…

I guess Broderick (and Frahm) are in this league

“Born in just one night inside the four walls of the discrete yet majestic Grunewald Church, situated on the outskirts of Berlin, this five-track EP is an exploration of the alluring partnership between the acoustic space and Broderick’s solo performance on piano and violin. Reflecting the grandeur of the room and the natural interaction between the instruments and their surrounding environment, ‘Grunewald’ pays homage to a very unusual space that’s become a haven for an entire generation of contemporary
composers.

Words from Peter, October 2016:
“In the few years between 2008 and 2011 or so, the Grunewald Church in Berlin was something of a hotspot for a group of us musicians. It started when Nils scouted it as a location in which to record The Bells . . . and then it seemed like we were in there every month or two for a while, either for recordings or for concerts. There was a lady living just down the street from the church, and we’d just knock on her door, give her a couple hundred euros, and then she’d hand over the keys to the church!

To be given unsupervised access in a space like that is really quite unheard of most of the time… For anyone who likes reverb, the Grunewald is a dream come true. That in combination with the beautiful old Bösendorfer piano made it the perfect place for both recording and performing.”,


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