TRISTAN MURAIL (b.1947): Seven Lakes Drive for Flute, Clarinet, Horn and Piano Trio, Feuilles à travers les cloches for Flute andPiano Trio, Dernières nouvelles du vent d’ouest for Horn, Percussion and Piano Trio, Les Ruines circulaires for Clarinet and Violin, Garrigue for Flute, Percussion, Viola and Cello, Paludes for Flute, Clarinet and String Trio, La Chambre des cartes for Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Percussion, Piano and String Trio.

Catalogue Number: 09V059

Label: Kairos

Reference: 0015050KAI

Format: CD

Price: $18.98

Description: This cycle of pieces (which is ongoing) is described by the composer as “a sort of autobiography through metaphors, in the sense that each piece refers to something, place, voyage, reading, or aesthetic experience of particular significance for me”. No longer strictly making use of the harmonic analysis of Spectralism, the composer’s finely attuned ear now generates his sumptuous instrumental soundscapes 'the old-fashioned way', so to speak. Although he claims to deplore "people want[ing] to make an impressionist composer out of me by any means!”, it’s not a bad place to start; so vivid are these "impressions of time and place" that they fulfill the purpose of a great Impressionist landscape by transporting the listener, through the malleability of memory, to a recollection of a place to which they have actually never been. So, in the inversion of Debussy's leaves and bells, the bells resonate through the French countryside, with the leaves almost inaudibly rustling in between; the heat haze and droning insects around Murail's Mediterranean home are so tangible that one can almost convince oneself that the scent of the Garrigue, the herbaceous vegetation of the region, is detectable. Other influences are literary; a short story by Borges, another by Gide, Captain Nemo's map room and the mysterious representations of reality evoked by maps; all are contained in this colorful parade of impressions. Ensemble CAIRN; Guillaume Bourgogne.

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