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French Music

Cello Octet Conjunto Ibérico

Iannis Xenakis, Antoine Tisné, Christophe Looten, Arthur Thomassin, Pierre Boulez

SKU: 11798

Year of release: 1998

1. Windungen (Version 1996 for 8 Celli) Iannis Xenakis 06:20
2. Edenic's Events Antoine Tisné 14:07
Nocturnal 23:18
3. Calme, aérien Christophe Looten 08:12
4. Energique Christophe Looten 04:29
5. Calme avec exaltation Christophe Looten 07:16
6. Mystérieux très contrasté, mais fulgurant Christophe Looten 03:20
Analecta III 15:15
7. Andante Arthur Thomassin 07:19
8. Largo Arthur Thomassin 03:06
9. Au delà du temps Arthur Thomassin 04:50
10. Messagesquisse for 7 Celli Pierre Boulez 08:47
Total time: 67:49

About this album

Pierre Boulez, born in Montbrison (Loire) in 1925, also studied mathematics at the university. In Paris he was a pupil of Olivier Messiaen, and he studied twelve-tone music with Ren Leibowitz. He was closely involved with the theatre group Renaud-Barrault, was a leading force in the Domaine Musical, lectured in Darmstadt, Baden-Baden and Basle in the fifties and sixties, and at the same time created a furore as conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra and New York Philharmonic. In Paris he established the Ircam, an institute for research into and propagation of contemporary music, and furthermore, in the seventies, the Ensemble InterContemporain. Most notable among his compositions are the piano sonatas (also for two pianos) and the works for soloists with ensemble, as well as the classics Pli selon pli, Le Marteau sans matre and Domaines. Rpons for computer, soloist and orchestra dates from the eighties. Anthmes 2, for violin and electronics was recently given its premiere at the Ircam. Messagesquisse, composed in 1976, is one of the twelve works requested by Mstislav Rostropovich from famous composers on the occasion of the 70th birthday of the conductor and arts patron Paul Sacher. Rostropovich himself played the solo part at the works first performance in La Rochelle.

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Reviews

Luister

En van de voortreffelijkste ensembles die ons land herbergt (...) (...) wat een prachtige diepe sonoriteiten deze acht strijkers olv hun 'vader' Elias Arizcuren weten voort te brengen. (...) (...) Gedreven, klankvol en perfekt samenspel (...)

Volkskrant

(...) een ensemble met de spirit van een strijkkwartet. (...) (...) Arizcuren, een muzikant die over elke noot nadenkt, heeft een scherp oor ontwikkeld voor de mogelijkheden van de vermenigvuldigde cello. (...) (...) de groep verstaat de kunst te klinken alsof het gaat om n 32-snarig instrument. (...)

American Record Guide

a most impressive ensemble (...) (...) a fascinating and beautifully-played disc.

Technical Specifications

Digital To Analog ConverterSony
Mastering EquimentSony digital Editor 3000
Mastering EngineerJared Sacks
Mixing ConsoleRens Heijnis Custom made
MicrophonesBruel & Kjaer, Schoeps
Recording FormatPCM 44.1
Analog To Digital ConverterdCS900
Recording DateJanuary 1998
Recording LocationEvangelisch Lutherse Kerk, Haarlem, The Netherlands
EditingJared Sacks
Recording EngineerTom Peeters, Rico Yntema
ProducerTom Peeters