GÉRARD GRISEY (1948-1998): Vortex Temporum I-III, for Piano and 5 Instruments, Périodes for 7 Instruments.
Catalogue Number: 09J083
Reference: STR 33734
Description: Vortex Temporum is a mature work, completed not long before the composer's untimely death, and it clearly exemplifies the best characteristics of Grisey's music. The fluid expansion and compression of musical time is of primary importance, and the three sections exploit this idea in different ways. The organisation of sound according to 'spectral' principles also plays its part; Grisey had an unfailing ear for timbre and in non-electronic compositions like these (the non-harmonic spectral relationships worked out in advance but transformed into actual sounds by traditional instruments) this is somehow especially apparent. Some preparation of the instruments (quarter-tone tuning of some - not all - notes on the piano, for instance) and extended playing techniques are employed. With its constant temporal ebb and flow and elastic, constantly changing timbres, the work achieves a remarkable sense of forward motion. Périodes is a much earlier work, concerned mainly with shifting timbres and colours determined by spectral principles. Ensemble Risognanze; Tito Ceccherini.