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Scelsi: The Orchestral Works Vol 2 / Rundel, Vienna Radio SO

Scelsi / Concentus Vocalis / Rundel / Kalitzke
Release Date: 01/30/2007 
Label:  Mode   Catalog #: 176  
Composer:  Giacinto Scelsi
Conductor:  Peter Rundel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Radio Symphony OrchestraConcentus Vocalis Griesiensis
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The first recording of his 32-minute grand cantata La nascita del Verbo. Steeped in chromaticism, with hints of Scriabin and a sea of percussion, Nascita boasts a vast double fugue (one of the most imposing in the history of music) and a forty-seven voice canon in twelve keys. This work, "truly written in blood," left Scelsi "in a deplorable state," afterwards he stopped composing for several years.

One of Scelsi's infamous pieces is the Quattro Pezzi (su una nota sola). Each piece is limited to one pitch with micro-fluctuations of sound (vibratos, slurs, spectral changes, tremolos...). Because of the nearly total abandonment of harmonics, the listener concentrates on new sonorous subtleties, on the
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In 1966, he completed the ferocious, tormented, complex Uaxuctum. The myths and mysteries of this Mayan city is reflected in Scelsi's compositional process: new instrumental and vocal techniques (breathing noises, nasal sounds, muted or inhaled gutturals...), rhythmic incantations, a petrified flow of time. Few woodwinds, a string section consisting of six double basses, lots of brass, and, in addition to a timpanist, no less than seven percussionists!

Hi-resolution 48khz/24-bit recording.
NOTE: this DVD contains no video.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Quattro Pezzi su una nota sola (Four Pieces on Only One Note), for 25 musicians by Giacinto Scelsi
Conductor:  Peter Rundel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 1959; Italy 
2.
Uaxuctum by Giacinto Scelsi
Conductor:  Peter Rundel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1966 
3.
La nascita del Verbo by Giacinto Scelsi
Conductor:  Peter Rundel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Concentus Vocalis Griesiensis
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Italy 

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