Reinhold Friedl
Inside Piano
LP hr2884, 2011

All music performed and composed by Reinhold Friedl
Recorded at Philharmonie Luxembourg, July 8-9, 2010
Published courtesy of Philharmonie Luxembourg
Piano: Steinway D-274
Microphones: Neumann U87, Neumann KM184
Recorded by Ralf Meinz
Mixed and mastered by Rashad Becker

Photos by Claus Uhlendorf
Artwork by Andreas Eberlein

This LP is released in conjunction with a double CD on Zeitkratzer Records. The vinyl contains three pieces which are not included in the CD release. It is a limited edition of 470 copies.

"Friedl has developed his 'inside piano' technique to such a level of delicacy and precision, that any anticipated distinctions between instrumental and electroacoustic music, or between improvisation and composition are dissolved or transcended." - Stephen Robinson, The Wire

This is the first solo release of zeitkratzer's mastermind Reinhold Friedl. He teaches the grand piano how to sing and to sound like an orchestra, calling this new way of playing an old instrument "Inside-Piano". Many listeners of zeitkratzer releases do not recognise particular sounds that come from the piano and thus cannot identify it. After listening to this release, the source will become clear and they will get a new idea of the instrument!

The good old grand piano plays aggressive noise attacks, choir-like symphonic movements, strange complex sound fibrillations, sometimes lighting up single prepared piano notes, juxtaposed with the tremendous bass of the nearly three-meter long strings...

Reinhold Friedl lives in Berlin as a "veritable renaissance man" (Asphodel). He studied piano with the grande dame of German piano teaching Renate Werner, as well as with Alan Marks and Alexander von Schlippenbach. Besides his acclaimed solo piano work, he founded and directs zeitkratzer, one of the most resourceful and influential contemporary music groups active today. As a composer Friedl received commissions from such institutions as Wien Modern, the BBC London, the French State, Berliner Festspiele, ZKM Karlsruhe, amongst others. As a curator he invented the legendary Off-ICMC at the International Computer Music Conference in Berlin, and additionally writes professional articles and radio features. Furthermore he studied mathematics and composition with Witold Szalonek and Mario Bertoncini and has received scholarships in Paris, Rome, Marseille, San Francisco and Amsterdam. He gives concerts worldwide and has released numerous CDs and recordings for broadcast. However as this new release clearly demonstrates, Friedl always returns to his love for the piano!

the Friedl Lp is the best!! seriously
so fucking heavy, unbelievable
Bill Kouligas

The glass, stone, springs, screw-threads, fragments of wood and metal cymbals he uses to sound the inside of a Steinway grand are familiar New Music resources, but in his hands rigorous application is cut through with an air of wildness, fierce poetry and elemental potency, creating a sense that a neatly enclosed space has opened out onto an untamed and vast unknown.
The Wire

More than just Inside Piano, I feel as if we are getting a glimpse of the internal workings of Friedl’s mind. And as brilliant as he is, I’m scared.
The Liminal