Cornelius Cardew – Treatise (19’40’’, CD/digital)

The graphic score for »Treatise« is a whole 193 pages long and yet the most important instructions—at least in conventional understanding—are missing: How many musicians on which instruments are to approach this work inspired by Ludwig Wittgenstein's »Tractatus logico-philosophicus,« and how exactly? Because the composer Cornelius Cardew can no longer be asked, a co-owner of the subscription label 19'40'', Francesco Fusaro, has now presented his own interpretation of the first 88 pages 40 years after the passing of the former Stockhausen protégé. With piano, percussion, field recordings and electronic means, he conjures up an atmosphere as dense as some of Cardew's imaginative notations.