Klaus Lang - Tehran Dust [Another Timbre - 2022]
From Austrian composer, organist, and improviser Klaus Lang Tehran Dust is recent(ish) CD, bringing together five pieces. These move from self-penned & often hoveringly malevolent chamber pieces, to reinterpretations of renaissance composer's work- so it’s an album that moves between angular brood and jaunting to lulling flows.
Lang has been active since the late 1990s- releasing to date nineteen albums, and these have seen him both playing his own work and others. I believe the last time I heard/ reviewed any of his work was back in 2015 with Organ Works Vol 1. So, it’s nice to hear some more of his work- and really Tehran Dust is a release which decidedly seesaws between brood and more regal/spirit-rising work.Roger Batty
All five of the compositions feature members of Trio Amos, taking in Sylvie Lacroix- flute, Krassimir Sterev- accordion, and Michael Moser Cello. As well as Lang himself on two tracks playing the organ. We open with the slowly scrawling unease and shadowy hover of 2011’s "Origami."- which is for flute, cello and accordion. Next, we very much switch tone and tack for “kyrie” which is Lang’s interpretation of a piece by Johannes Ockeghem-a Franco-Flemish early Renaissance composer. The work is for flute, cello, accordion, and organ- and is all about lightly rising and soothingly jaunting melodies.
As we, move through the rest of the CD we come to regal piping and grandeur “Agnus Dei” which is Lang’s arrangement of a piece by another Franco-Flemish composer Pierre de la Rue. With the release been finished off the swarming malevolence meets simmering hover ‘n’ swoon of 2017’s “Darkness And Freedom”. The nearing twenty-six-minute piece is for flute, cello and organ- it often dwells somewhere between pressing gloom and hands raised up to the sky almost harmonic glide ‘n’ swim- which of course perfectly fits its title.
The idea of shifting from the grim and pressing, to the ornate and brightly flowing doesn’t always work or succeeded- but I’d say for the most part Lang has managed it on Tehran Dust. So I certainly won’t be waiting so long before checking out new work from him in the future.