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A Mirror of the Past and a Window onto Our World Today
From the recording of MIRROR OF THE PAST – based on Tang Dynasty Poems “In 2006, a Chinese colleague in Shanghai gave me a wonderful bilingual book of poems from the Tang Dynasty (618-907). These poems have as a common theme man’s wonder at and deep dependence on nature. In their apparently naive form, they explore the reverence humans used to have for nature, and give perspective to the distorted relationship we have today.” Lars Hannibal The poems of ancient China have fascinated and inspired western composers and as far back as the 1830s when Carl Loewe 1796-1869) ﬁrst set verses from Goethe’s Chinesisch-deutsche Jahres- und Tageszeiten. This love affair would culminate most famously in Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde. While nowhere near as ambitious Mahler, Hannibal’s settings of Tang Dynasty poetry in Mirror of the Past do inhabit a similar emotional world as Mahler’s autumnal masterpiece, the contrapuntal interplay of percussion, voice, guitar, recorder and erhu sounding as if an ancient of painting has been brought to life. From the wistful melancholy of My Delayed Departure to the tolling of evening bells in The Dale of Singing Birds, Hannibal and friends take you on a fabulous journey through time and sound vivid captured in immersive DXD by the internationally celebrated master of sound, Preben Iwan. Joshua Cheek
WAVES ON A GROUND - played by Michala Petri, tenor recorder and Lars Hannibal, guitar.
The meditative constant waves. Location: Atlantic Ocean, Arrifana at the Portuguese Algarve coast. Music: Waves on a Ground by Lars Hannibal, from the album BLUE released 2020 on OUR Recordings. IPhone 11 filmed by Lars Hannibal December 29th 2021.