Wednesday, 23 August 2017
Ana-Maria Avram / Iancu Dumitrescu - Orbit Of Eternal Grace (1999)
Orbit Of Eternal Grace (1998) is a stunning evocation of the cosmos, with dizzying swirls from the string orchestra and rumbling percussion from Chris Cutler providing the backdrop for Tim Hodgkinson's unearthly solo part on bass clarinet. Ascent (1999) for chamber orchestra occupies similar terrain on a smaller scale.
Afterwards, there's three pieces by Iancu - two versions of Eon - Dans Un Desordre Absolu, one computer composed, and the other filled out by ensemble and live electronics - and Temps Condenses, again with the mutant, granular electronic sounds being punctuated by percussive thunder and the ensemble soloists.
So grateful to both of these composers right now for all their unique music that I've heard so far, and for the dozen or so albums that I've still to pick up. So sad that we won't hear any more from Ana-Maria, now that she's gone while still just in her fifties, and gutted for Iancu. Just wanted to state that I'm sharing these albums so that as many people as possible can discover them, and then hopefully go out and get hold of few of them - this is music that I believe deserves a much bigger audience than it has. For anyone looking to purchase Edition Modern CDs, I'd recommend buying from ReR Megacorp.