CD: A HOLE IN THE ICE
1988, percaso production CD 06 // 8 Tracks // 44:26
Musician Katharina Weber piano // Production notes All copositions are by Brian Agro // Recorded at Radiostudio Basel by Charly Suter, 1988 September 24 // Edited and mixed by Charly Suter // Mastered at Studio Berikon by Peter Pfister // Photo inside by Christoph Gallio // Graphic design by Anne Hoffmann // Cover art by Silvia Bächli
KEYBOARD, JIM AIKIN
In A Hole in the Ice, Katharina Weber does a wonderful job interpreting pieces Agro composed between 1980 and 1988. He seams to have been unaffected by academic trends from serialism to minimalism; if anything, he‘s a neoclassicist. While freely bitonal and chromatic, his work always hints at understandable harmonic structures, and the phrases are as clearly shaped and expressive as anything in the nineteenth century tradition. It‘s always refreshing to see talented people following their own destinies, especially when they‘re as gracious and intelligent about it as Agro.