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About this title: Heiner Goebbels may not be a household name for most American audiences, but he is a major figure on the German music theater scene who has an impressive international reputation, with many performances worldwide. Stifters Dinge (Stifter's Things) has had multiple performances in various European countries, Australia, and the U.S., when it was presented in 2009 by Lincoln Center at the Park Avenue Armory, THE venue for new music productions requiring vast amounts of space.The piece is scored for five computer-operated player pianos, water, wind, fog, rain, metal, stones, and ice, with recordings of various speakers including Claude Lévi-Strauss and Malcolm X, and a number of anthropological recordings. Since it's obviously a theater piece with crucial (and massive) scenic elements, judging from the really fascinating photos in the CD booklet, it's difficult to know exactly what to make of it as a purely sonic experience, but Anthony Tommasini's description of it in the New York Times as "equal parts...

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