otte over, underwater
Hans Otte died December 25 2007 and it has taken me entirely too long to get this little memorial post together. I chose this release because I think it is somewhat atypical (the very New Age-y moments in Siebengesang) but also vivid in its beauty, which rests somewhat in opposition to the understatement and reduction of Otte's essential piano compositions, Das Buch der Klänge and Stundenbuch. The solo harp composition, Wassermannmusik quite easily stunned me on a first listen, and these recordings reveal an ecstatic element in Otte's work, an expansion on the minimal glow of the piano pieces.
Wassermannmusik (Aquarian Music)
Hans Otte - Piano
Cecilia Chailly - Harp
Petra Wiegandt - Clarinet