|1||Erwartung 1, Pianist||17:46|
|2||Erwartung 2, Organist||20:05|
Second Editions is pleased to present Erwartung 1 und 2 by Eva-Maria Houben.
Eva-Maria Houben's music has somehow always been about perspective. These two new pieces, one for piano and one for organ, are once again prime examples. The title is borrowed from Arnold Schönberg's one-act monodrama Erwartung Op.17, in which a woman wanders through the night in search of her (dead) lover. According to Schönberg, his work aims "to represent in slow motion everything that occurs during a single second of maximum spiritual excitement, stretching it out to half an hour". And this, in a certain way, is very descriptive of Houben's calm, patient recordings as well. As she disassembles a piercing twelve-tone chord of the said Schönberg piece, rendering it unrecognizable and making it fully her own. Changing the perspective. Once for piano, and once for pipe organ. Her respective protagonists.
Composed, performed and recorded by Eva-Maria Houben on December 11 2017. Erwartung 1, Pianist was recorded in a private residence, Krefeld. Erwartung 2, Organist was recorded at St. Thomas Morus Kirche, Krefeld. Mastered and cut by Helmut Erler at Duplates & Mastering in Berlin, 2018.