Earle Brown Contemporary Sound Series, Vol. 3LUCIANO BERIO (1925-2003): Circles, SYLVANO BUSSOTTI (b.1931): Frammento, JOHN CAGE (1912-1992): Aria with Fontana Mix (Cathy Berberian [voice], Francis Pierre [harp], Jean-Pierre Drouet, Boris de Vinogradov [percussion], Luciano Berio [piano]. Original 1962 Time LP release), TOSHIRO MAYUZUMI (1929-1997): Nirvana Symphony for 12-part Male Chorus and Orchestra (Tokyo Choraliers, Nippon University Chorus, NHK Symphony Orchestra; Wilhelm Schüchter. Original 1962 Time LP release), IANNIS XENAKIS (1922-2001): Herma, ROGER REYNOLDS (b.1934): Fantasy for Pianist, YUJI TAKAHASHI (b.1938): Metathesis, EARLE BROWN (1926-2002): Corroboree (Yuji Takahashi [piano]. Original 1970 Mainstream LP release).
Catalogue Number: 08M112
Reference: WER 6934 2
Description: Many of these works have been recorded since their appearances on these Earle Brown produced LPs but Mayuzumi's Nirvana Symphony has been a bit rarer on disc (unless you live in Japan). This 33-minute work dates from 1958 and was described by the composer as having both musical/acoustical motives (tone clusters and a complex overtone structure) as well as religious ones (he said that it can be described as a Buddhist cantata). As Mark Morris puts it in an article on MusicWebInternational: "...a highly atmospheric and effective fusion of Western and Eastern ideas, with a strong impression of ritual and large aural spaces, opposing low sonorities, usually in tone-clusters, with bright high sounds. It has an undercurrent of a slow forward momentum; the sounds of bells impel the odd numbered movements, alternating and combining with chant that is elemental and, if to Western ears a little musically basic, nonetheless effective in such a combination".