RAMON LAZKANO (b.1968): Hauskor for 8 Cellos and Orchestra, Ortzi Isilak for Clarinet and Orchestra, Ilunkor for Orchestra.
Catalogue Number: 03L121
Description: Like many contemporary composers, Lazkano is very concerned with the elements of sound per se, as compositional material (as opposed to themes, development, etc.); in this respect he is akin to the spectralists. His orchestral textures are fluid and highly colorful, incorporating some noise textures (derived from Lachenmann, a noted influence), though only to roughen, or add texture to, the post-impressionistically glowing sounds that seem to attract him the most. The clarinet concerto is a conscious tribute to Mahler, unlikely as that might seem, with several readily identifiable quotations. Both here and in Ilunkor there is a sculptural quality to the sound, as though the raw material (with its noises and microtonal possibilities still present, not refined out as a 19th century composer would have done) of orchestral music is presented in a highly expressive state of potential, like statues emerging from the raw stone. The mellifluous clarinet line in Ortzi Isilak has a more 'formed' quality than the surrounding orchestral texture, reinforcing this impression. Cello Octet Amsterdam, Ernesto Molinari (clarinet), Basque National Orchestra; Johannes Kalitzke.