Friday, 15 February 2013

Album Stream: Apparat - Krieg und Frieden

Apparat's Sascha Ring shared a free stream of his new record, Krieg und Frieden (Music for Theater) a few days before its release on Mute Records. The LP comes out on February 19th, and grew out of Ring's musical interpretation of director Sebastian Hartmann's stage production of War & Peace, by Tolstoy.

Ring holed himself up with Tolstoy's original text, and spent four weeks rehearsing with a 30-piece ensemble that included his resident cellist, Philipp Timm, and his violinist, Christoph Hartmann. They didn't follow the script, but improvised around themes they picked up from the story. And the results are this dark, textured and rather wonderful album.

Um, please don't listen alone to this if you had a shitty Valentine's Day. You will weep.

Ring will be touring the album around Europe, so click here for those recently-announced dates. And to find out what inspired his last album, check out my interview with him for Don't Panic in 2011. We Skyped while he was in Morocco, generally having an amazing time, and giggled about the rubbish hotel wi-fi.

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