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Giacinto Scelsi

The piano works 2

Label: Mode

Format: CD

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Volume 2 in Mode's Scelsi Edition presents three of his rarely heard and recorded orchestral works, vividly captured in outstanding sound. Hymnos (1963) for large orchestra, Hurqualia (1960) for large orchestra, Konx-Om-Pax (1968) for large orchestra & choir, Canti del Capricorno (1962-72), selections, for voice with instruments. The Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic & Choir, Juan Pablo Izquierdo, conductor. Written when the composer was 25, this work bonds Scriabinesque flourishes with dance-hall propulsion. The 12 varying movements foreshadow the composer's alternating frenzied and plaintive tendencies, but with Rachmaninovian usages. In the 1940s, Scelsi suffered a mental breakdown and cured himself by continually playing single notes on a piano and focusing intently upon each decay. Action Music comes from the end of Scelsi's creative days. Sounding like Antheil or Ornstein, the nine movements employ crashing clusters and vigorous chord splashes. Clarke digs in resolutely, emphasizing the pages' mighty contrasts.
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Cat. number: mode 143
Year: 1970

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