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Graham Rickson
The Arts Desk, April 2017

This disc consists entirely of music written for the instrument by Harald Genzmer, …His Concerto for mixture trautonium and orchestra is a real find, the neoclassical orchestral stylings set against deliciously weird trautonium sonorities. Two compact sonatas with piano accompaniment share a similar mood, the clean piano lines a brilliant foil to some of the most engaging electronic sounds you’ve never heard before. Low tones have a bassoon-like fruitiness, and the squeakier higher notes never grate. This should really come with a matching DVD; you’re desperate to see how this instrument is played. Strangest is Genzler’s Suite des Danses pour Instruments Électroniques, enormously enjoyable and bursting at the seams with indescribably odd sounds. Sombre packaging might suggest that we’re in for a gruelling listening experience. Nothing could be further from the truth—this is a joyous disc and a perfect introduction to an electronic instrument with soul. © 2017 The Arts Desk Read complete review

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