The ACT label has become a force for the presentation of modern European jazz in the past two decades, best known in the U.S. for the presentation of the works of Vijay Iyer, Rudresh Mahanthappa, and E.S.T. but also the producer of outstanding players like Lars Danielsson, Michael Wollny and [em], Yaron Herman, Joachim Kuhn, and Heinz Sauer among many more. ACT is also known for it outstanding artwork and presentation of its music.
pianist Rainer Boehm and drummer Patrice Héral. It is not the first time Ilg has dedicated a work to a famous musician; in 2011 the trio put out "Otello Live at Schloss Elmau" (ACT 2011) in honor of Giuseppe Verdi's opera.
The remaining nine Wagner pieces range from 44 seconds to six and a half minutes, and each miniature provides the same combination of outstanding skills and partnership, lyricism, and dramatic intent. The final piece "Sehnsucht" is by Beethoven from the Ninth Symphony. It begins quietly with "Ode To Joy" appearing from the piano backed by some brushes and a quiet bass line, and later there is a nice bass bridge from the melody at the outset to the melody again at the end. It is a lovely way to quietly end the CD.
Really nice stuff, another outstanding CD from ACT.