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Knoop records Shlomowitz

Published: 18 November 2013

Pianist Mark Knoop, Turner Sims Fellow at Southampton, has just released a new recording on the Sub Rosa label featuring Popular Contexts, a multi-movement work for piano and sampler keyboard by Matthew Shlomowitz, Lecturer in Composition.

The recording also includes selections from Austrian composer Peter Ablinger's ongoing cycle Voices and Piano. Both works deal with collected sonic objects - Shlomowitz's widely varied samples, ranging from insect noises to airline safety announcements, and the recorded speech of Ablinger's subjects - forcing them into musical juxtaposition with the piano.

'Popular Contexts and Voices and Piano both confront us with just how particular the act of listening really is, of how many relationships and pieces of information there are both inside and outside of music and sound' - Adam Harper

Mark Knoop specialises in new music, and this CD is one of two recent releases - the other, with Roderick Chadwick and Newton Armstrong, is devoted to Karlheinz Stockhausen's Mantra and has been released on hat[now]ART.

'One of the most brilliant pianists of the contemporary repertoire' - The Sunday Times

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