LUIGI NONO (1924-1990): Risonanze erranti for Contralto, Flute, Tuba, Percussionists and Live Electronics (Susanne Otto [contralto], Roberto Fabricciani [flute], Klaus Burger [tuba], Les Percussions de Strasbourg, SWR Experimental Studio), Post-prae-ludium per Donau for Tuba and Live Electronics (Burger [tuba], SWR Experimental Studio).
Catalogue Number: 10N098
Description: These late works in Nono's output are among the most radical results of his investigation of the increasingly sophisticated capabilities of electronic analysis and generation of sound that were emerging during his final years. The work's 'wandering resonances' are applied electronically to fragments of text by Hermann Melville and Ingeborg Bachmann, chosen for their isolated, despairing quality, and to instrumental sounds of violently contrasting character, sometimes harsh and clangorous, sometimes mere whispers. The effect is of a desolate and haunted landscape with unreal, shifting perspectives. Post-prae-ludium was to have been part of a series of electroacoustic works for various instruments, which blurred the distinction between instrumental performance using the most advanced performance techniques and the transformational possibilities of electronics. The sounds of the tuba are modified through various delays, spatial projections and timbral distortions, to fascinating and disorienting effect. SACD hybrid