KARLHEINZ ESSL & AGNES HEGINGER – Out of the Blue (Dezi)
in: MUSIC MUSINGS AND MISCELLANY (3 May 2010)
Karlheinz Essl's (...) collaboration with soprano Agnes Heginger, OUT OF THE BLUE, was recorded at the Essl Museum in Vienna in 2009. The six tracks are comprised of three collaborations, two solo works by Heginger and one by Essl. It’s a distinctly mixed bag. (...) It’s action rituelle that truly stands out. It’s the one track where Heginger really shows what she can do with her voice. Essl provides a backdrop of loops and samples, including suitably angelic choral bursts that sound like they could have come straight out of an eighties Fairlight emulator. Over this, Heginger pulls out an extraordinary performance of astonishing purity. Like something beamed in from a fourteenth century Latin Mass, she creates an atmosphere of calm wonder and great beauty. Stunning.
Updated: 11 May 2010