ERIC GAUDIBERT (b.1936): Océans for Flute and Strings, Albumblätter for Flute and Viola, Le dit d'elle for Solo Viola, Vernescence for Clarinet, Piano and Electro-acoustics, Concertino for Clarinet and Strings.
Catalogue Number: 09M100
Reference: CD 1286
Description: An important aspect of Gaudibert's music is the conflict of contrasting materials, most readily apparent in the two concertante works. There is never any question as to what represents 'figure' and what 'ground'; the wind soloist carries the bulk of the musical argument, in highly embellished and exuberantly active lines and shadings, while the string orchestra's contribution is largely restricted to filling in texture and shadow. These works, with their suggestion of an abstract depiction of an imaginary landscape, are completely notated; the earlier Vernescence is a graphic score, in which the live playing (incorporating much extended technique) is presented against a background of a delayed recording of what has just been played. The more recent pieces for smaller instrumental combinations also set up a dialogue between voices, each proceeding with their own point of view, rarely seeming to find common ground but proceeding in an argument-commentary or foreground-background paradigm which generates considerable narrative tension. Brigitte Buxtorf (flute), Christine Sörensen (viola), René Meyer (clarinet), Eric Gaudibert (piano), Arpeggione Chamber Orchestra Hohenems; Jean-François Antonioli.