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Related Artist Profiles: U. Kutschera


Ridiculously addictive, elegant, melodic, neo-classical melodies from Germany for fans of Rick Wakeman & Richard Vimal’s more symphonic, romantic styles!

Now for something completely different from the world of Electronic Music – different because this is not your usual “Berlin School” fare!
The first thing I need to say is: don’t be swayed into thinking that this and the other U. Kutschera CD’s are pure piano albums – they are not -- they contain beautifully well-balanced neo-classical piano and synthesizer material of the highest order, where both keyboards share the limelight in relatively equal measures!

This is truly elegant, often romantic styled EM that is nearer to the melodic, grandiose music also produced in the past by the great romantic synth masters such as Rick Wakeman, Rick Van Der Linden (of Dutch neo-classical band EKSEPTION), Vangelis, Richard Vimal and even possibly Isao Tomita in a few places – some is also music that would easily fit the ethos of later day releases on the long gone German I.C. label!

There is a real refreshingly sensitive, emotional charm to the work of Ulrich Kutschera, a musician that was first exposed to the world by EM mail order stalwarts: Archie Patterson (Eurock – Oregon, USA) and Andy Garibaldi (Lotus Records, UK) when his first album was originally issued on vinyl LP in the early 80’s.

Eurock started it all off by selling hundreds of copies of ‘The First Incarnation’ vinyl LP when it was released in 1983. "The record is stunning …beautiful keyboard refrains, elegant piano work and melodic electronics blend into one of the most beautiful sets of neo-classical music you will hear" - Archie Patterson – 1983.

‘Freiburg Minster Square’ is the 4th album to be released by U. Kutschera and it features nine delightfully picturesque tracks that are again rich in elegant melody and stylistically classy, as the piano and other keyboards lead the way bathed in warm-sweeping synth orchestrations.
This music on this album has a strong feel of early Rick Wakeman in places, with his use of vintage keyboard sounds, especially on the opening track: ‘Cathedral Of Our Lady’.
The 2nd track: ‘Castle Hill’ is a more romantic piece, again kind of Wakeman-esque with plenty in the way of vintage keyboards featured, and this one has THE most gorgeously addictive melody line.
‘Small Streams’ is also gentle and dreamy with the piano melody surrounded by synth orchestration and textures.
‘The Red Bear’ is piano driven and is very Richard Vimal-like also featuring a shared saxophone lead.
‘Cathedral Square’ is again led by sombre piano melody with synth washes providing tonal backdrops and is quite a grandiose piece at times.
‘City Theatre’ is a picturesque piano melody surrounded by ethereal chiming synths and other effects together with angelic choral sounds and the odd voice narrative sample.
‘Trocheta Intermedia’ starts out with piano and synth strings and sounds classical-like with a Wakeman-like touch.
‘Easy Conversations’ brings an electronic drum rhythm into play for the first time, and although the keyboards side is up to scratch, for me this represents the weakest of the album’s 9 tracks simply because of production limitations.
‘Freiburg Minster Square’ seems to be made-up of the sum of several smaller parts that initially returns to a grandiose Wakeman-esque sound with piano, string-synths and high register synth melody preceding a massive church pipe-organ passage leading into a new theme laced with a flute melody followed by a faster piano driven section that is almost jig-like. It them returns to more organ and flute before concluding with an orchestral percussive passage with the piano is again backed by string synths, before concluding with an angelic choir and distant high register synth melodies.

This, like all the other CD’s, is supplemented with a wonderful little booklet containing original artwork that features (un-published) drawings and paintings created by Uli’s father, the artist: Alfred Kutschera (1928–2004).
These simple, but joyously relaxed images pair perfectly with the beautiful music performed on each of the CD’s they represent, making each release a real family creation that must surely make this musician proud.

Also available by U. KUTSCHERA …
FIRST INCARNATION [V.1] (2017 Reissue of 1993 Album) CD – Stock # 2070040
TWENTY YEARS ON [V.2] (2018 Reissue of 2005 Album) CD – Stock # 2070042
SAN FRANCISCO BAY [V.3] (2016 Reissue of 2008 Album) CD – Stock # 2070041
REQUIEM FOR ETA HOFFMAN [V.5] (2022 Symphonic Keyboards Album) CD – Stock # 2205725
V.1 + V.2 + V.3 + V.4 + V.5 BUNDLE (All the above in one Specially Priced Bundle) 5CD – Stock # 2077635

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01. Cathedral Of Our Lady (6:24)
02. Castle Hill (4:24)
03. Small Streams (5:37)
04. The Red Bear (3:36)
05. Cathedral Square (4:10)
06. City Theatre (4:24)
07. Trocheta Intermedia (4:38)
08. Easy Conversations (4:16)
09. Freiburg Minster Square (6:42)

TPT – 45:17