This CD-R reissued by New World Records does not include artwork. The original liner notes are included.This CD-R reissued by New World Records does not include artwork. The original liner notes are included.Read less
Suite from "King Lear"by Otto Luening Period: 20th Century Written: Notes: This work was composed in collaboration with Vladimir Ussachevsky.
Fortunate Islandsby William Bergsma Conductor:
Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
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Music of other-worldly beautyNovember 1, 2014By benjamin cutler (somerville, NJ)See All My Reviews"Most of this disk is dedicated to music composed for tape recorder or tape recorder and orchestra. Now, in creating music to be played on tape, composers use the mechanical abilities inherent in the tape recorder to create music in one of two ways. You can take natural sounds and change and combine them in literally multitudes of ways. Or you can electronically create sounds based upon pitched or unpitched sine waves and similarly play with them just as you would the natural sounds. In the early '50s when these peaces were created Karlheinz Stockhausen was creating Voices of Children in Germany and PIerre Henri was writing his Symphony fir a Man Alone in France. While all of this sounds like it should be quite dry and emotionless it all depends on the artistry and musicality of the composers creating their music. Otto Luening and Vladimir Ussachevsky's Poem in Cycles and Bells is unexpectedly quite listenable. In it we hear two short pieces written for tape recorder alone. Each tape recorder piece is followed by an orchestral passage which attempts to recreate the sounds just heard. An extended closing passage is written directly for orchestra with tape recorder. The unique sound world that these composers create is affectionately beautiful. The bleak, beautiful excerpts from Ussachevsky's King Lear make you wish they had included more. William Bergsma's The Fortunate Islands for string orchestra is music for string orchestra of singular intensity and a quite individual sense of beauty. It is very hard to find words that do justice to this music. The only thing I can say is that I have listened to this disk for over 50 years and it still continues to fascinate me, even the Bergsma. Isn't that what good music is supposed to do?"Report Abuse