Ferndorf - Hauschka
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  • Summary: The German musician releases his latest album of experimental electronic piano music.
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
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  1. 80
    The sounds that Volker Bertelmann creates with(in) a piano is astonishing. [Oct 2008, p.112]
  2. Ultimately, Ferndorf is an achingly beautiful love letter to Bertelmann’s childhood, full of natural imagery and deceptively simple compositions unleashing floodgates of emotion.
  3. Ferndorf's appeal is closest to the work of Bertelmann's FatCat labelmate Max Richter: Richter and Hauschka both have a remarkable talent for honing in on the sweet spot where classical, avant-garde, electronic and pop music meet.
  4. It’s his intensity of focus coupled with an impressive range of motion that gives this album its real strength and maturity.
  5. It takes the music of Hauschka perhaps into more populist directions, but the experiment and joy still survive.
  6. Despite the album peaking early, though, there's more than enough evidence here to suggest that Hauschka, thrillingly, is just getting into his stride.
  7. From this you'll gather that Ferndorf charms and frustrates in equal measure.

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