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Luxembourg-born Australian composer Georges Lentz' 60-minute solo guitar work Ingwe is a truly extraordinary achievement. Here, heavy metal meets musical metaphysics, as shrieking amplified sound clashes with the spirituality of Indigenous Australian cul
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Ingwe is a MasterpieceJuly 7 2011
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Format: Audio CD
What an amazing work! Not sure -- is it classical, is it rock? There are a few other classical works for solo electric guitar now, including Vampyr by Tristan Murail and TV Trash Trance by Fausto Romitelli (another great composer BTW), but nothing on anywhere near this scale. Where some of these other works can at times seem a little gimmicky, going through one technique / rock cliche after another, Ingwe is never gratuitiously effect-driven (although it does contain many unusual sounds and techniques, revealed progressively over the course of its long span). I admire the great seriousness of it all, so unfashionable these days ... Great pacing too --- justifies the length, as it somehow always feels right and never gets boring for a second--- very organic, like breathing. Warning though --this is pretty dark and confronting stuff ; but then art often does confront the darker side of our nature doesn't it (speaks to me very powerfully of many things, some of which may or may not have been intended by the composer ---like personal grief, the violence of the world out there, the sorry state of good old Mother Earth...)
Very polished performance by a talented young Australian guitarist, Zane Banks. Quie a feat to have such a long virtuoso piece under your belt, and Banks does it with bravura. Someone to watch out for [BTW you can see him talk about the work in an interesting if somewhat rambling 5 part YouTube doco about Ingwe --type in "Georges Lentz Ingwe".
Georges Lentz is a composer who writes slowly and deliberately, but when he does have something new, it always seems to be MASTERPIECE, so definitely worth the wait. One of the really great composers writing today, and one of his most important works. Very highly recommended.