“I am happy to recommend this release to anyone seeking shelter from the hectic world in which we live” Henry Fogel, Fanfare
The Cloud of unknowing Explorations in chamber music
According to Gabriel Marcel, music is, “the unshakeable testimony of a deeper reality”. The earthbound nature of our times has become uncongenial toward talk of the transcendent. The humdrum materialism, so much in vogue, declares the milieu of the mystic inapt as a matter of course. Nevertheless the supra-mundane proclivities of the human heart remain the same in the age of space exploration as when ancient philosopher-priests mused in the shadows of pyramids. In fact, there is now an unparalleled thirsting for the very transcendent reality our prosaic philosophy disallows. If there is to be a renaissance of the mysterium tremendum, it will come, not by a-priori philosophic and linguistic adoption, but by direct encounter. It is here that music stands as the open door of transfiguration.
In an article written in 1880, Richard Wagner declared it was the destiny of art to prevail in the sphere previously occupied by ecclesiastics. It was music in particular that he associated the power of hierophany. The passage of so many years has only rendered this thought more oracular, making it less a reflection of Wagner’s own times than an urgent prophecy of our own. It is music that holds the sacerdotal prerogative to directly expose our hearts to the numinous. My goal in these explorations in chamber music is to facilitate encounter with that depth-dimension that operates, to borrow a phrase from Nietzsche, beyond good and evil. The aim here is not symbolization but incantation.