Thomas Fortmann – In Dust We Trust


Catalogue No: MSV 28534
EAN/UPC: 809730853425
Artists: ,
Release Date: May 2013
Discs: 1
Total Playing Time: 60:56

Thomas Fortmann is a Swiss composer with strong roots and many years of experience in the rock music arena. Since switching his attention the contemporary classical field he has found a distinctive voice which has earned him fame and notoriety around Europe – an eclectic mix of serialism, jazz, blues, theater, circus and cabaret music makes his work varied and entertaining while often carrying (as with his Requiem for an Unborn Child) a serious message. Prolitheus Suite was given its US premiere at the Carnegie Hall after its first performance in Italy brought amazing accolades.

Track Listing

    Thomas Fortmann:

  1. I. Prolitheus Suite – Ouverture Sacrale (3:47)
  2. II. Prolitheus Suite – Estatico (3:37)
  3. III. Prolitheus Suite – Blue (4:50)
  4. IV. Prolitheus Suite – Rondo finto (6:28)
  5. V. Prolitheus Suite – Romantico (7:44)
  6. VI. Prolitheus Suite – Finale: con fuoco (3:44)
  7. I. Sonata for Violin and Piano “A Southern Diary” – Houston University (3:53)
  8. II. Sonata for Violin and Piano “A Southern Diary” – New Orleans at Fritzel’s (3:33)
  9. III. Sonata for Violin and Piano “A Southern Diary” – Biloxi Motel (4:07)
  10. IV. Sonata for Violin and Piano “A Southern Diary” – Alabama Breeze (3:20)
  11. I. Con Pepe e Zucchero – Four Pieces for Two Violins – Blues Cattolico (5:37)
  12. II. Con Pepe e Zucchero – Four Pieces for Two Violins – Ripa Verde (2:54)
  13. III. Con Pepe e Zucchero – Four Pieces for Two Violins – Dodecafollia (5:05)
  14. IV. Con Pepe e Zucchero – Four Pieces for Two Violins – Alinghi (2:17)



Thomas Fortmann is revealed here as a skilful and intuitive chamber music composer. His language is often old-fashioned, but his sense for timbral blending and his playfully neo-Baroque construction have a timeless appeal. Clever, elegant and compelling, which is a good general description of Thomas Fortmann’s work in general.

” —Peter Burwasser
International Record Review

Fortmann shares the rock musician’s fondness for a generally in-your-face rather than subtle approach and cheeringly, an unstoppable sense of momentum. His style is wildly eclectic … his music is an invigorating listen and may wear well. Players all make stylish and unflagging contributions.

” —Michael Round

This is fascinating. Fortmann, unlike some of his peers, seems to have entered into the arena of contemporary classical music successfully. All credit to the performers, who exude concentration throughout,. Padovani is a fine violinist. Fortmann’s style: poppy and full of surprises: pepper and sugar.

” —Colin Clarke
Gapplegate New Music Review (Usa)

[Fortmann’s] chamber music is of interest regardless of whether we knew his music before or not…. a very palpable sense of structure conjoined with an artist’s attention to emotive power. The performances are quite fine. Thomas Fortmann has a vivid, inventive soul. Bravo and encore!

” —Grego Edwards

Fortmann has achieved a distinctly personal style. Twelve tone music rubs shoulders with cranky ragtime rhythms.. [The Violin Sonata] is a succinct and curious but fun composition. The Four Pieces for Two Violins … again combine jazziness with the twelvetone process. The performance is impeccable and captures the entire flavour. [Piano Trio Prolitheus] is a very eclectic work and quite a forceful and emotional one. I greatly admire the energy, both musical and intellectual, that [Fortmann] has put into [his music]; even more so the commitment and panache of the performers involved.

” —Gary Higginson
American Record Guide

Fortmann’s strength as a composer comes out – his is certainly an unusual approach – and a somewhat refreshing one. A certain optimism and joy shines through. It’s worth hearing.

” —George Adams