MARTINO TRAVERSA (b.1960): Quasi una sonata… for Violin and Piano, Red 2 for Violin and Ensemble, Oiseaux tristes for Piano, 3 poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé for Soprano, Clarinet, Cello and Piano, Di altri cieli for Soprano and 6 Instruments.
Catalogue Number: 12V063
Description: Traversa's main influences were Boulez and Nono, and from earlier generations, French Impressionism, especially Debussy. The Mallarmé settings, not surprisingly, are very close in their delicate, exquisite colour palette and luscious vocal lines to their counterparts of a century ago, though the under- acknowledged sensuous side of Boulez is also suggested. Oiseaux tristes was part of a project to respond to Ravel's Miroirs in contemporary terms, and here Debussy and Ravel rub shoulders with Messiaen the ornithologist. Red 2 for large ensemble vividly evokes the colour of fire and passion in music of expressive force and propulsive, passionate energy. Messiaen's harmony is often evoked, especially in monumental still sections in chords, which are interspersed among passages of hectic, propulsive energy. Di altri cieli is a brief tribute to Nono in fragmented gestures framing syllabic allusions to Hölderlin's poetry. In Quasi una sonata... contrasting "panels" of atonal but intensely lyrical material are presented and then repeated in later sections but with small variants, thus suggesting development within a kind of sonata structure. No texts. Hae-Sung Kang (violin), Livia Rado (soprano), Ciro Langobardi (piano), Ensemble Prometeo; Marco Angius.