Tranquility and Comfort

Oberbayerisches Volksblatt 22/3/2011


Georg Füchtner writes:

The American composer John Cage once said: 'When viewing a painting one doesn't have the feeling that it will eventually disappear. But upon listening to sounds one feels that these will disappear and others will take their place. One is forced to pay attention to the applicability of time.'
This simple and clear statement can be applied particularly well to the new CD 'Wandelung' by the composer and pianist Vroni Holzmann. The twelve piano works are modern, but have a rhythm which is memorable and often meditative, and minimalist but not monotonous. Delicate and brilliant tonal sequences vary in calming regularity and are only occasionally interrupted by vibrant chords.
Vroni Holzmann travelled for years with her 'street piano project' through Europe, and has also played the Max-Josefs-Platz [the pedestrian zone in Rosenheim]. She was born in Rosenheim in 1971 and has lived since 1995 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Here the trained cabinetmaker studied photography and film and on the side wrote piano compositions. She finally completed her composition studies at Edinburgh University under the supervision of Nigel Osborne.
'Wandelung' is the outcome of 10 years of musical development and was created in collaboration with the painter and poet Karl Sylvester. His paintings and poems which transform the CD booklet into a small work of art inspired many of the composer's works. The calm and softly pulsating rhythms of the two piano cycles radiate a feeling of great tranquility and comfort.