Dominique Lawalrée – Vis à Vis

Dominique Lawalrée - Vis à Vis LP front cover
Dominique Lawalrée - Vis à Vis LP back cover
Dominique Lawalrée - Vis à Vis LP side A

Apparently his 5th LP, Dominique Lawalrée‘s “Vis à Vis”, or Face to Face, published in 1979, is entirely played on a Bösendorfer grand piano, but instead of the brick and mortar barrage of fortissimos this kind of instrument is prone to (think Cecil Taylor, for instance), here it is used to enunciate semi-detached, tentative piano chords and to explore different shades of silence, so to speak.  In this respect, Vis à Vis is very close to Spanish composer Federico Mompou‘s piano cycle Musica Callada, or Silent Music (1959-67), itself a cornerstone of European minimalist music. Vis à Vis is a kind of update of Musica Callada, incorporating Lawalrée’s typical Belgian saudade and sublimely nostalgic mood. This music suits rainy days well, I find.

01 Bonjour Chez Vous ! (2:00)
02 Listen To The Quiet Voice (3:58)
03 Lost In Useless Territory (1:18)
04 Remember Those Quiet Evenings (7:04)
05 Personnages (2:55)
06 Morton A Fait Peur A Karlheinz (8:32)
07 Poissons Rouges, La Nuit…  (12:51)

Total time 38:40
LP released by Walrus, ref. WLS 006, Brussels, Belgium, 1979

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6 Responses to “Dominique Lawalrée – Vis à Vis”


  1. 1 MD October 18, 2012 at 11:12 am

    Fantastic!
    Thanks again!!
    m

  2. 2 continuo October 18, 2012 at 11:16 am

    You’re welcome.

  3. 3 Mrs Blucher October 26, 2012 at 10:57 am

    FYI
    the Rapidshare link is dead
    the YourFile link attempts to d/l {DLW-VaV.rar}_downloader_411.exe
    the Verzend.be link is good

    I love a good obstacle course.

  4. 4 continuo October 26, 2012 at 11:34 am

    Free music is boring, I know.

  5. 5 Nathaniel Davis October 27, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    Thank you for exposing me to Lawalrée’s wonderful music

  6. 6 continuo October 27, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    My pleasure. Nice blog over there at Ausmalen. I hope you didn’t give up posting as I just subscribed ;D


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