Monumental set of six piano sonatas.
This is stunningly beautiful music that treats the history and tradition of the piano sonata with the highest reverence and yet also creates something new and achingly simple from it all. The music is issued on Houben’s own Diafani label, which in a little more than a year has issued an incredible twenty-one releases if you count the four new ones that arrived here this last week. Of those that I have been able to spend time with so far though, 6 Sonatas for piano stands out as my favourite, and the past week I have spent wallowing in its dense, rich minimalism have been extremely rewarding. - The Watchful Ear
Eva-Maria Houben / piano.
Recorded by Gerhard Raschke, Tonstudio TU Dortmund (Germany).
Available as 320k MP3 or 16bit FLAC
Eva-Maria Houben has been performing works for the organ for more than 30 years. As she is related to the “wandelweiser-group” of composers, her compositions are published by “edition wandelweiser”, Haan. Her list of compositions up to now includes works for the organ, piano, clarinet, trombone, violoncello and other solo instruments, works for voice and piano, for wind and chamber ensembles, for orchestra and for voice and orchestra, works for choir (www.wandelweiser.de). She publishes on subjects of contemporary music (Steiner, PFAU, Edition Howeg, bis-label Oldenburg). Since 2000 her music has been published by Edition Wandelweiser (Haan). CDs have also been released by Another Timbre, Irritable Hedgehog and Makro. In 2012 she founded her own label diafani (www.diafani.de).