H.E. Pietsch | The Profound Effect Of One

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The Profound Effect Of One

by H.E. Pietsch

Melodic mimimalism for string orchestra, string quartet, vibraphone and piano.
Genre: Classical: Contemporary
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  Song Share Time Download
1. From Nowhere
3:50 $0.99
2. Revelation
5:15 $0.99
3. The Uncertainty Principle
6:17 $0.99
4. Reflets dans la Sainte Chapelle
17:00 $0.99
5. From Nowhere (2 Pianos)
3:36 $0.99
6. Revelation (2 Pianos)
4:57 $0.99
7. The Uncertainty Principle (2 Pianos)
6:13 $0.99
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Album Notes
The Profound Effect of One is composer H.E. Pietsch’s first orchestral CD release. The Profound Effect Of One is a three movement work for string orchestra and string quartet. Featuring the Mulholland string Quartet and conducted by the composer, the piece was recorded in June of 2005 at Todd AO Studios in Studio City, CA.

Also on the CD, is the tone poem Reflets dans la Sainte Chapelle for string orchestra, vibraphone and suspended cymbals. Pietsch wrote this piece after visiting the chapel in Paris. Sainte Chapelle contains more stained glass than any other building in the world. The images created when the sun moves across the windows, intermittently shaded and blocked by clouds, is truly a spiritual experience.

The two piano/four hand version of The Profound Effect of One also appears on this CD, performed by world renowned pianists Bryan Pezzone and Brent McMunn. The pieces were performed on two Yamaha DCFIIIS nine foot Disklavier Pianos and recorded at Capitol Studios in Hollywood.
The orchestral music on the CD was mixed by legendary producer/mixer Bruce Botnick (The Doors, Jerry Goldsmith). More information on H.E. Pietsch can be found at www.hepietsch.com.



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Patrick Gary/MusicWeb International

may be one of the most interesting and moving 21st century works that this revie
The Profound Effect of One is H.E. Pietsch's first orchestral release. It is interesting that it consists primarily of two versions of the title work with only one other piece included: an orchestral rendering of his tone poem “Reflets dans la Sainte Chapelle”. It is evident that he is banking quite a bit on the one piece.

The title work is a three movement piece that debuted in 2005. It is quite reminiscent of Philip Glass's more recent film work where the minimalism is tempered with neo-romantic melodies. The first and third movements (titled "From Nowhere" and "The Uncertainty Principle") are flush with driving ostinatos contrasting fluid melodies that are passed around the string sections. The second movement, "Revolution", is a bit more introspective and traditional, calling to mind the late-romantic period. Even so there is still a minimalist influence with the opening cellos using a fluid repetition the same way a pop song goes to a keyboard riff. The entire thing feels very contemporary without ever being either alienating or trite. Even with the clear influences, this is an evolutionary rather than a derivative work, and may be one of the most interesting and moving 21st century works that this reviewer has encountered.

The fourth track on the CD is called "Reflets dans la Sainte Chapelle". It was written after a visit to the Parisian chapel referenced in the title. It is similar in style to the "Revolution" movement from "The Profound Effect of One", though more somber and with a slightly extended instrumentation. The use of vibraphone and orchestral percussion adds to the overall ambience. The work feels as if it is ever evolving and flowing. It has a touch of Smetana or Liszt in the orchestration, but again with the American minimalist influences in every thematic recapitulation. When, halfway through the piece, the melody is taken by the vibraphone the listener cannot help but stop for a moment to revel in the simplistic beauty of the moment. This is a work by a composer of great promise well able to hold a listener's attention throughout the major work.

The piano reductions that follow are written for four hands and are interesting in that they showcase the composition in a more stark way. As I listened I was struck by how solid, compositionally speaking, these pieces are. At the same time however they are noticeably less emotive, especially in the second movement. While the piano is well used for the percussive aspects and rapid runs, the soaring melodies are simply better rendered on strings. In essence there is nothing "wrong" per se with the piano reductions, but if these were the only way that these three movements were heard then only "The Uncertainty Principle" would stand out as anything special.

Considered as a whole though, this is one of the most solid recent compilations of music by a young composer. The orchestral portions of this album could not be more highly recommended.

pete prown/www.guitargarden.net

Charming orchestral music
This is a wonderful release of melodic, new-classical music. Reminiscent of many things, from Glass to Fripp and Crimson (despite the classical arrangements, some of the rhythms are quite "rock" in intensity). Highly recommended.