PETER LUDWIG - TRIO OBSCUR - TANGO IMMORTALE
For some time, the name of Peter Ludwig stands for outstanding interpretations and compositions in the field of Tango music. Four CDs released with ORIENTE Musik are the convincing proof.
Moreover, he gained a name for his work as a composer and arranger of stage and screen music and last but not least he developed a number of chanson programs with artists like Krista Posch, Salomé Kammer und Hanna Schygulla.
Working with saxophonist Mulo Francel and bassist D.D.Lowka as the Trio Obscur he released two CDs. All it takes is a piano, a saxophone, and a double bass. What you get is amazing: from yearning fado improvisations and jazzed up minimal klezmer, through supple tangos, pining love ballads and melancholic waltzes in slow motion, to sensually cool bossa nova and 'round midnight jazz. One moment you are reminded of French black and white films, the next of Fellini's light-hearted circus clowns. Whether it takes you gently by surprise, or comes at you head-on, whether it's whizzing by or almost coming to a halt, it's always vibrant, emotional and taught. It's perfectly balanced and enlightened by an intimate kind of illumination ...
"Lisboa" is the title of the CD he recorded together with the cellist Sissy Schmidhuber, member of the Munich Philharmonic. Joined in their performance they are Tango Immortale. And, like dancers, piano and cello encircle each other in the music of "Lisboa". They draw closer and closer, move apart again, one taking the lead, seducing the other - tender, mournful, endearing, demanding. This is forceful and dynamic music, performed by two virtuoso musicians. Their interpretation of the music envelops the listeners in a world of sounds where they experience the melancholy of Lisboa and the plaintive beauty of the c-minor chord. This comes as no surprise: With the exception of the classic "El Choclo", all the pieces are composed by Peter Ludwig.
Ludwig's Solo CD "Dahin Geträumt" is probably his most private work and gives evidence of the relation between a great solo performer and his instrument - the grand piano. An artist giving us a lift on his dreamed-along journeys. There is no plan, not even an intention, and it won't bear repeating.
Music in secret, for more than 24 nights dreamed along.