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Ta­mara Ste­fanovich (piano), Mark Pad­more (tenor), Thomas Larcher (piano)

Har­mo­nia Mundi HMU 907604

There’s a Ger­ard Hoff­nung cartoon of An­ton We­bern as a baby mak­ing minia­ture sounds at a piano. There’s some­thing in the 12 pieces of Thomas Larcher’s Po­ems, some of them like slices of pop songs, that brings the im­age to mind. Like What Be­comes, the Po­ems are per­haps best thought of as a set of diary en­tries or jot­tings from a mu­si­cal note­book, se­quenced, Schu­mann-like, into a set. What­ever way you re­gard them, these pieces, and the giddy Smart Dust for pre­pared piano, are all beau­ti­fully shaped by Ta­mara Ste­fanovich. A Pad­more Cy­cle, with tenor Mark Pad­more, and Larcher at the piano, sets com­pressed, enig­matic texts by Hans Aschen­wald and Alois Hotschnig in a per­fect match of words, mul­ti­ple voice styles and piano.

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