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EXCLUSIVE! (SAJ-39) http://www.fmp-label.de/freemusicproduction/labelscatalog/saj39.html . Previously available on LP, and then on CD via the box set FMP im Rückblick / FMP in Retrospect , here is a digital reissue of the original album on its own.
"This excellent Belgian pianist recorded solo several times for this label, this particular collection focusing on fairly abbreviated pieces.... Even in the short form, Fred Van Hove piles on the ideas. The back cover photograph of the artist wiping his brow could also be a picture of a listener who has experienced the flow of these nine performances, the sonic ingredients as rich as a bottle of dark Belgian beer. "
--Eugene Chadbourne, All Music Guide
"The quirky inventive brilliance of Fred Van Hove shines through on his solo 'Prosper.' His avant piano stylings have much in common with the genre as a whole, but his touch, combination of areas and emotional directness make all his work distinctive, as evidenced throughout this recordings. One hears both flowing and fragmented free improvisation, as well as touches of pieces echoing sentiments from Jazz, standards and classical music."
--Milo Fine, Cadence Magazine
"...one heck of a monument to the virtuosity of the instrumentalist and improviser that is Fred Van Hove. This album reissues on a single CD two LPs: Prosper (1981) and Die Letzte (1986). The first is a live recording showcasing Van Hove’s dry wit and concise ideas.... I’d put this CD way high in Van Hove’s solo discography, right alongside 'Flux.'"
--François Couture, reviewing the FMP in Retrospect set
"This is a reissue of Prosper (1981) and Die Letzte (1986) and is the only music in this set representing the ‘80s. Belgian Van Hove has a workmanlike approach to playing the piano: dutiful and dense and only once in a while does he com up for air. His stamina is impressive and the beauty comes in once the sound starts piling up from extended periods of rapidly repeated and compulsive hammering on the keys."
--Cadence Magazine, reviewing the FMP in Retrospect set
Fred Van Hove: piano
Recorded live by Jost Gebers on November 28th & 29th, 1981, at the Flöz in Berlin.
CD mastering Jonas Bergler.
Produced by Fred Van Hove and Jost Gebers.
Cover design by Fred Van Hove and Jost Gebers.
Photographs: front by Fred Van Hove, back by Dagmar Gebers.