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Label: Vanguard Classics (ATM-CD-1558)
Michael Hersch, piano / Daniel Gaisford, cello
Release Date: 2004







1. Josquin des Pres: Mille Regretz (arrangement for piano by Michael Hersch), Michael Hersch, piano

2. Milosz Fragments II, Michael Hersch, piano

3. Milosz Fragments V, Michael Hersch, piano

4. Milosz Fragments X, Michael Hersch, piano


... a natural musical genius who continues to surpass himself. -- Tim Page (The Washington Post)

He plays his own spare transcriptions of works by 15th century master Josquin des Prés, as well as Morton Feldman’s chilly “Piano Piece (for Philip Guston)”, the moody silences and sometimes gauzy, sometimes jangly textures of which he articulates with imposing power. In Wolfgang Rihm’s “Auf einem anderen Blatt”, Hersch’s palette ranges from diaphanous, petal-soft tones to startlingly metallic stabs. Of greatest interest are Hersch’s “Milosz Fragments”, inspired by the Nobel laureate’s poems and based on the composer’s 2003 work, the wreckage of flowers, and his Sonata No. 2 for Unaccompanied Cello. Daniel Gaisford brings the latter to life with astonishing virtuosity and a haunted lyricism ideally suited to Hersch’s somber muse. “Milosz Fragments” finds Hersch at his most tortured, traversing landscapes of uncompromising bleakness. An immensely rewarding disc.”
-- Time Out NY

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