HÉCTOR PARRA (b.1976): Piano Trios No. 1 "Wortschatten" and No. 2 "Knotted Fields", Impromptu for Piano, L'Aube assaillie for Cello and Electronics, Abîme - Antigone IV for Flute/Piccolo, Oboe, String Trio and Piano, String Trio (w/electronics).
Catalogue Number: 03K106
Description: Parra's complex, sonorous soundscapes reflect his interest in reflecting reality at its most intricate and microcosmic (in fact particle physics, the most advanced disciplines therein, intriguingly described by the composer as 'avant-garde particle physics', provide the inspiration for the two works for strings and electronics. Rich, complex timbres abound, not infrequently augmented by extended playing techniques and incorporating noise textures, in addition to the expanded sonic possibilities afforded by electronic manipulation of instrumental sounds. In keeping with a young man's ambitious æsthetic of depicting far-reaching meanings and implications, the music often takes on a texture of extremes - of dynamic, of register, in the juxtaposition of weighty, massive sound with delicate harmonics and abstract noises at the opposite end of the musical spectrum. Ensemble Recherche.