HOCKET’s world-premiere recording of Alex Weiser’s water hollows stone is a four-hand piano tour de force. The EP explores the idea of Ovid’s adage Gutta cavat lapidem — dripping water hollows out a stone — with the music beginning stripped away to its elements and put back together drop by drop. Notes come together to build gestures. Gestures are molded to build phrases. Masses of sound differentiate into harmonies. Melodies emerge from bubbling textures. Weiser casts the material of musical minimalism as an exploration of the nature of music itself and of its power over us.
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