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Maderna - Orchestral Works [CD]

Sinopli , NDR Symphony Orchestra , Maderna Audio CD
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  • Conductor: Sinopli
  • Composer: Maderna
  • Audio CD (23 Aug 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Brilliant Classics
  • ASIN: B003TLRK78
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 181,773 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Quadrivium, for Four Percussionists and Four Orchestral Groups - NDR-Sinfonieorchester
2. Aura - NDR-Sinfonieorchester
3. Biogramma - NDR-Sinfonieorchester

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NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg - Giuseppe Sinopoli, direction

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5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite and refined modern works 20 Aug 2010
For someone like me, coming along in the New Millennium opening an ear to the 20th century modernists, Bruno Maderna is virtually a lost and forgotten figure. His name is bandied about as one of the key members of the Darmstadt Circle along with Berio, Boulez, Ligeti, Nono, Ligeti, Stockhausen and Xenakis, but his music is difficult to locate.

This 2010 Brilliant reissue updates the 2005 DG 20/21 Echo reissue, and goes a long way toward remedying the situation. Here are three fine recordings of Maderna's orchestral works, performed by Giuseppe Sinopoli and the North German Radio Symphony Orchestra in 1979, and originally released in 1980. "Quadrivium" for percussion and orchestra was composed in 1969, and both "Aura" and "Biogramma" for orchestra were composed in 1972. It is fascinating to listen to this resolutely abstract modern music today, knowing what was taking place in Italy (the "Hot Autumn" of the New Left) and around the world ("people all around the world are shouting End the War!", said the Temptations) at that time.

This is not music that is easily appreciated on first listening. Maderna does not have an immediately recognizable voice comparable to Ligeti, Xenakis or Nono, three 20th century greats. However, if you give it a chance, it begins to open up and reveal its secrets. Maderna's music has depths. These orchestral works will reward listening to again and again.

Between this and Berio's CORO, it seems that perhaps Brilliant will release a whole line of the discontinued DG 20/21 Echo series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Modern 'space' music.... 3 Nov 2012
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I came to this disc via my growing interest in what I broadly term,'modern music'. By this I mean the orchestral works of Mahler, Strauss, Berg, Bartok, Zemlinsky and Ligeti. So,if you are on a similar musical journey then investigating this set will be well worth your time and effort.

Each of the three compositions we are presented with here all seem to highlight the idea of
'otherness','fracture' and 'isolation', as if Maderna is presenting us with the musical equivalent of staring into the eternal void,where there is little in the way of reference that might help us orientate ourselves.This idea of dislocation is further emphasized by the fact that each piece is sub-divided into mini segments,so that mood and texture are constantly varied creating an unsettling sense of ethereal vastness. Shards of melody present themselves, dissolve on the appearance perhaps of a percussive figure before the music moves on, never quite resolving.Listen to 'Conclusion' from 'Quadrivium' or the various segments of 'Aura' to hear how the other worldly orchestral textures that Maderna seems to specialize in,work their coldly beautiful magic.

There is immense vitality,tonal variation and interesting use of 'space', percussion and orchestral arrangement in these works. It may require a little time to get used to Maderna and his methods but the experience is an engaging and on occasion startling one.

This disc has been a constant companion in my CD for a while now.That's because I have really enjoyed the challenge of listening to this great but neglected composer. The more you hear of this disc, the more there is to 'hear'. The recording dates from 1979 /80 is detailed and captures the vast range of dynamics of richness of the music. So, a strong recommendation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite and refined modern works 24 Aug 2010
By Autonomeus - Published on Amazon.com
For someone like me, coming along in the New Millennium opening an ear to the 20th century modernists, Bruno Maderna is virtually a lost and forgotten figure. His name is bandied about as one of the key members of the Darmstadt Circle along with Berio, Boulez, Ligeti, Nono, Ligeti, Stockhausen and Xenakis, but his music is difficult to locate.

This 2010 Brilliant reissue updates the 2005 DG 20/21 Echo reissue, and goes a long way toward remedying the situation. Here are three fine recordings of Maderna's orchestral works, performed by Giuseppe Sinopoli and the North German Radio Symphony Orchestra in 1979, and originally released in 1980. "Quadrivium" for percussion and orchestra was composed in 1969, and both "Aura" and "Biogramma" for orchestra were composed in 1972. It is fascinating to listen to this resolutely abstract modern music today, knowing what was taking place in Italy (the "Hot Autumn" of the New Left) and around the world ("people all around the world are shouting End the War!", said the Temptations) at that time.

This is not music that is easily appreciated on first listening. Maderna does not have an immediately recognizable voice comparable to Ligeti, Xenakis or Nono, three 20th century greats. However, if you give it a chance, it begins to open up and reveal its secrets. Maderna's music has depths. These orchestral works will reward listening to again and again.

Between this and Berio's CORO, it seems that perhaps Brilliant will release a whole line of the discontinued DG 20/21 Echo series.
5.0 out of 5 stars Soothing, Musically Dynamic. 29 May 2013
By Peter Gueckel - Published on Amazon.com
This has been my favourite Maderna album since the 1970s. The music has a stillness, seeming to drift and float in a sonic cloud where it encounters Messiaen-like bursts of percussion and brass. The effect is musically dynamic, yet soothing. This is a reissue of Quadrivium/Aura/Biogramma, which, in turn, is a reissue of Quadrivium / Biogramma.
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