Moving through soundworlds created by Pisaro and Lachenmann's music-- variously austere and dense, delicate and violent-- the guitar emerges as something other than the lyrical, heroic instrument with which we are familiar. The music operates at the outer limits of the guitar's capabilities, ranging from prickly percussive attacks to bell-like overtones verging on inaudibility. It thus unfolds the latent expressive possibilities of the instrument, its capacities for evoking aggression, tact and loss.
Salut fur Caldwell, by Helmut Lachenmann
here (1), by Michael Pisaro