Flügel is the second offering from the second part of John Wolf Brennan's ambitious solo cycle, a trilogy of trilogies named after the primary colors. This second release from his Yellow Trilogy (which also includes his 1998 release The Well-Prepared Clavier and The Speed of Dark), as defined in German, is the proper word for grand piano. However, as a title for the recording, Brennan uses it as a metaphor for its more familiar meaning, wing. The recording is filled with metaphors and other musical devices that Brennan relishes in his music. This solo piano work includes 19 songs that exemplify this tendency, including "Thrrillr," which is constructed atop a slow-moving bassline, a series of notes played tremolo by Brennan's left hand. The effect is a progression of tonalities within a harmonic sequence played above it. These techniques are very difficult and supply much of the rationale for the issuance of his 13th Sélection award (comparable to America's Grammy) by Swiss Radio International to Brennan for his outstanding performance on Flügel. Brennan's pianistic and compositional genius is a rare find among today's avant-garde. So should you, dear listener, have the good fortune to experience his solo trilogies, do so without hesitation.
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AllMusic Review by Paula Edelstein