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Vivier: Lonely Child, Etc / De Leeuw, Narucki, Et Al


Release Date: 05/08/2009 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 454231   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Claude Vivier
Performer:  Peter HallJames OttawayHarry Van der KampJohan Leysen,   ... 
Conductor:  Reinbert De Leeuw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ASKO EnsembleSchoenberg Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Claude Vivier (1948-83) died tragically young, when he was just beginning to find ways of bringing together his various musical and philosophical concerns. A Stockhausen pupil who shared his teacher’s fascination with Eastern rituals and unorthodox aspects of spirituality, Vivier found common cause with French composers who were seeking to explore the sensuous possibilities of individual sounds (so-called spectral music). He was also clearly fascinated by certain minimalist or ‘process’ techniques, like the use of repeated consonance, even when this sets up associations with folk and pop music.

The result is a potent, disconcertingly direct idiom in which common chords appear in strange contexts, and sober, chorale-like
Read more repetitions can suddenly veer ecstatically into uncharted regions. It’s easy enough to find problems with a style which attempts to derive melody from homophony – most composers do the opposite – and which can often sound too self-consciously experimental. Lonely Child and Bouchara circle round their simple ideas in a manner that becomes rather precious. The purely instrumental Zipangu has more depth, as well as a genuinely visionary quality in the way its string writing swings between the conventional and the outlandish. All four works stem from Vivier’s obsession with exploring outer and inner space, and it is Prologue pour un Marco Polo which offers the most fully realized expression of his personal style. It’s an absorbing ritual, in which ancient and modern elements confront one another to powerfully dramatic effect, and the performance, like all the readings on this well-recorded disc, gives every impression of an authentic fervour and precision.

-- Arnold Whittall, Gramophone [2/1997]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Prologue pour un Marco Polo by Claude Vivier
Performer:  Peter Hall (Tenor), James Ottaway (Baritone), Harry Van der Kamp (Bass),
Johan Leysen (Spoken Vocals), Alison Wells (Soprano), Helena Rasker (Alto),
Susan Narucki (Soprano)
Conductor:  Reinbert De Leeuw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ASKO Ensemble,  Schoenberg Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1981 
Length: 22 Minutes 3 Secs. 
2.
Bouchara by Claude Vivier
Performer:  Susan Narucki (Soprano)
Conductor:  Reinbert De Leeuw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ASKO Ensemble,  Schoenberg Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1981 
3.
Zipangu by Claude Vivier
Conductor:  Reinbert De Leeuw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ASKO Ensemble,  Schoenberg Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1980 
4.
Lonely Child by Claude Vivier
Performer:  Susan Narucki (Soprano)
Conductor:  Reinbert De Leeuw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ASKO Ensemble,  Schoenberg Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1981; Canada 

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