RAINER RIEHN

Chants De Maldoror

(Edition Telemark - 314.09) 2xLP $39.00

This German musicologist, conductor and composer of avant-garde music, best known as the long-time partner and collaborator of Heinz-Klaus Metzger with whom he founded the Ensemble Musica Negativa in 1969, and published Musik-Konzepte between 1977 and 2003, was a student with Gottfried Michael Koenig at the Institute of Sonology in Utrecht between 1965 and 1971, where he realized a number of electronic pieces (of which only “Chants de Maldoror” was released on Deutsche Grammophon in 1970). Edition Telemark’s first-time collection of all surviving pieces from this period include two versions of “Chants de Maldoror,” one side-long piece in a similar vein, and two shorter conceptual pieces. Gatefold jacket, four-page booklet, Riehn’s “Art and Feces” essay on composing, and an interview about his time in Utrecht. Edition of 300.
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