MAURO LANZA (b.1975): Barocco for Sorpano and Toy Instruments, The skin of the onion for Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Cello, Piano and Percussion, La coquille de l'escargot for Flute and Piano, GÉRARD PESSON (b.1958): La vita è come l'albero di Natale for Violin and Piano, Non sapremo mai de questo mi for Flute, Violin and Piano, Mes béatitudes for Violin, Viola, Cello and Piano.

Catalogue Number: 08J108

Label: Stradivarius

Reference: STR 33755

Format: CD

Price: $17.98

Description: The three works by Lanza display affinities with spectralism, derived from his teacher, Gérard Grisey, in the integration of the ensemble into a single sound source in which individual parts are less important than the overall sonic effect. Multiphonics and other extended playing techniques abound, as do microtones, to the extent that the music frequently feels unpitched, even when fixed pitch instruments such as the piano are an important part of the texture. Pesson's approach also employs every resource of the contemporary avant garde, but here the result is more reductive, stripping the musical fabric down to as little as twitterings and clicks, in which the ghostly imprint of music of the Romantic era may sometimes be glimpsed - a fragment of Bruckner, or Cesar Franck. Lachenmann's useful phrase 'instrumental musique concrète' is helpful in categorizing the music of both composers, who nonetheless achieve their own individual synthesis in solving the problem of contemporary compositional methodology. Ensemble Alternance.


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