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Album: Thomas Larcher, Madheres/Fellner (ECM New Series)

Born in 1963, Austrian composer Thomas Larcher has an ear for alluring textures and unexpected contrasts.

"Böse Zellen" recalls John Cage's works for prepared piano. "Still", for viola and chamber orchestra, sees Paganini and Bernard Herrman dance a brief passacaglia, while "Madhares" is a riveting debate between ancient and modern, art and folk. Dynamic control is excellent, the performances of Till Fellner, Kim Kashkashian, Quatuor Diotima and the Munich Chamber Orchestra under Dennis Russell Davies simply immaculate.