GIACINTO SCELSI (1905-1988): Pwyll and Quays for Flute Solo, Quays for Alto Flute Solo, Hyxos for Alto Flute and Percussion, BRUNO MADERNA (1920-1973): Musica Su Due Dimensioni Nos. 1 and 2 for Flute and Tape, Cadenza da Dimensioni III for Solo Flute, ARNALDO DE FELICE (b.1965): Mu for Flute and Percussion.
Catalogue Number: 12M063
Description: The disc begins with three works of Scelsi from the 1950s, which have a mysterious meditative feeling, and hints of modal melody in their sustained lyrical lines which enhance their sense of antiquity and ritual. To the same end, Hyxos adds subtle bells and gongs to the instrumentation. The Maderna works with tape employ the early electronic instruments available at the time, alternating in dialogue with the live flute, which bears the main thrust of the musical argument in virtuosic arabesques. The evolution of electronic techniques is apparent in the five years that separate the two, and so is the composer's increasing confidence in using the electronic part as a ensemble instrument, interacting contrapuntally with the live instrument. The musicality of the amazingly primitive (by today's standards of computerized sophistication) electronic parts when guided by as exquisite an ear for sonority and balance as Maderna's (and, lest we forget, he brought the same attention of detail to his work as conductor in a wide range of repertoire, standard and contemporary) is quite revelatory. De Felice's piece was written for the present soloist, and consists of three evocative movements suggesting some kind of mythical narrative, lyrical and largely avoiding avant garde effects or extended techniques. Machiko Takahashi (flutes), Atsushi Sugahara (percussion).