The music from Richter 858 was originally commissioned and recorded to accompany a book of paintings by Gerhard Richter, which was only available in limited quantities in 2002. Songlines decided to rescue the recordings from obscurity and re-released them in 2005. Each piece was directly inspired by a specific painting, and recorded live to two-track with no editing or overdubs. In the booklet are thoughts and guidelines given to Frisell by producer David Breskin and an interview on the subject with Frisell, and they shed a great deal of light on the process of how this music was created. The majority of the songs are built on simple repeated figures, and the players all seem free to embellish and improvise on top of that. Frisell's delays play a major role (Breskin points out that Richter's technique of applying a squeegee to wet oil paint is analogous to Frisell "smearing" notes by manipulating his delay). There is a minimalist quality to some of the pieces, but the interplay between guitar, delay and strings keeps them from becoming static.
Bill Frisell, guitars & electronics, compositions
Hank Roberts, cello
Jenny Scheinman, violin
Eyvind Kang, viola
Hybrid stereo SACD, analogue recording mastered to DSD; CD layer is enhanced and HDCD encoded.
SACD nla, reissued as a CD (HDCD encoded)
【Richter 858／Bill Frisell／ハイレゾ】