Yes: It is uncommon to reduce an CD album’s title to one number without giving instantly an idea of its unambiguous attribution such as, for example, 24/7. For this album the number of 432 is a potent synonym in multiple ways: a modified way of making music, a fresh perspective on the Athesinus Consort’s repertoire and its intention to bring both of these aspects together. But first of all, 432 stands for the 432 Hz tuning as a reference, a quarter tone below the commonly practiced tuning of 440 Hz. 432 Hz was used not only by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Giuseppe Verdi, Rudolf Steiner, Albert Schweitzer or Nicolaus Harnoncourt, but is also promoted today by notable Neuroscientists for playing a substantial role in the human’s inner balance and being in harmony with oneself and the world. This follows a trail that already Pythagoras and Plato suggested who treasured this frequency as a way to bond in a resonant way with the vibrations of the earth. Simply put: Good vibrations!
With this, the Athesinus Consort Berlin has embarked on a different form – a concept album – with which it breaks new ground (Schöne, Steinmetz, Jennefelt, Batson, Waits) and encounters the old familiar (Arcadelt, Guerrero, Bach, Purcell, Satie) in a transformed way. It is the song of one day – framed by a morning and an evening song, by the rooster in the morning and the nightingale at night – with sounds from times past for the time being. What they all have in common is a new or deliberately absent text, a combination of associations – for example in the “Fischlein- Magnificat” or “Heightened Creativity – a Swan” – and the desire for being moved and inspired, which is the beginning of all singing and listening. This is particularly represented in a new genre, the baroque waltz rap, which begins with an “opening”, an open invitation – to you!