Friday, 6 January 2017

Gérard Grisey - Les Espaces Acoustiques (composed 1974-85; this recording '96-'98)

Been focusing on the Romanian side of spectralism up until now, so here's a back-to-basics.  Grisey (1946-1998) was one of the French pioneers of the technique, and over a period of ten years he developed the six pieces in this suite to show just how mindblowing it could sound.

Starting off with 17 minutes of solo viola being scraped to within an inch of its life, Les Espaces Acoustiques then expands its instrumental palate piece by piece.  The third part, Partiels, is possibly the most famous, and perfectly demonstrates the spectral composition techique as the low note on the trombone is dissected by sonographic analysis, and its harmonic overtones given to the other instruments.  Transitoires, for the full orchestra, is worth waiting for, with some frequencies that could shake the floor of a concert hall (love to hear this live at some point).

Disc 1
Disc 2

2 comments:

  1. I love Grisey, cannot wait to hear this- his music is very hard to find on line. Thank you for posting this.

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  2. I love Grisey, cannot wait to hear this- his music is very hard to find on line. Thank you for posting this.

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