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Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. A Pierre, "Dell'azurro silenzio, inquietum"Roberto Fabbriciani 9:24Album Only
  2. ? sofferte onde serene ?Markus Hinterhauser14:14Album Only
  3. Omaggio a Gyorgy KurtagEnsemble Experimental17:55Album Only
  4. Con Luigi DallapiccolaPercussions de Strasbourg12:52Album Only

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NEOS 11122; NEOS Music - GERMANIA; Classica contemporanea Cameristica

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Some of Nono's most readily enjoyable late works for home listeners, in fantastic performance and presentation 7 Mar. 2014
By Christopher Culver - Published on
Format: Audio CD
The Neos label has really committed itself to the late music of Luigi Nono, releasing several CDs of his uncompromising modernist explorations for human performers and live electronics, with the Experimentalstudio des SWR that Nono collaborated with in the 1980s returning for these recordings. In the 1980s, the composer withdrew from the serialism mixed with a Communist message that had made him (in)famous. His music became quiet indeed, almost touching inaudibility, and rich with microtonal inflections. Spatialization is a big part of these works, and Neos seeks to represent that by issuing these recordings on hybrid SACD.

"...sofferte onde serene..." for piano and tape (1976) in fact dates from before the "great change" in Nono's music, but it clearly looks forward to the Eighties, and so it is fortunate that Neos has chosen to record it again for this series. The tape part consists of prerecorded piano music played with the sustaining pedal down, and with the speaker placed inside the piano if possible. Against this electronic part endlessly resounding like bells, the human performer's notes sounds fragile and furious. It's no surprise to learn that this piece was written after Nono had lost a loved one. The piece was originally written for Maurizio Pollini, who recorded it on a classic DG disc. This performance by Markus Hinterhäuser is OK, but I much prefer the Pollini which sounds angrier.

"Con Luigi Dallapiccola" for 6 percussionists and electronics (1979) is also a sign that Nono was moving in a different direction by the end of the 1970s. Playing mainly pitched percussion, what the human performers play is sometimes put through ring modulator or joined by generated sine waves. All in all, it is a celebration of sparkling, glittering tones, somewhat Boulezian or at least "French-sounding", but played so slowly and quietly that there is a gripping sense of ritual.

"A Pierre. Dell'azzuro silenzio, inquietum" (1985) is a tribute to Pierre Boulez for his 60th birthday. This ten-minute piece is scored for double bass flute and double bass clarinet, with electronics that delay, reverb or transpose the instruments' sounds, moving them among four speakers. Nono sought to highlight the very high partials within the sounds of these very low-pitched instruments. With its vision of beauty and fragility out of the gruff and foreboding, this is a powerful work, perhaps my favourite of everything he wrote in the last decade of his life. It has been recorded before on a Montaigne disc, but I have not yet heard it.

"Omaggio a György Kurtág" for alto, flute, clarinet, tuba and live electronics (1983/1986) returns the praise that the Hungarian composer had offered to his Italian counterpart with the a cappela Russian-poetry setting "Omaggio a Luigi Nono" of 1979 (which can be heard on a rather disappointed Hanssler disc). The alto sings only phonemes from the name "György Kurtág", with her singing subject to amplification and electronic alteration. With tape delay and pitch-bending her singing down, it sounds like there is another, male vocalist involved.

Nono’s late works are not always fulfilling on disc: some demand a listening environment more quiet than most city-dwellers have, and no neighbours to annoy when the rare fortissimo bursts out. However, this disc here works better than the others for home listening (though you still need relative silence and good speakers!).
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Exquisite late Nono from the Experimentalstudio des SWR 6 Jan. 2014
By Autonomeus - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This disc is the latest in the Neos series of late works by Luigi Nono. Following the string quartet of 1980, Nono devoted himself to electro-acoustic sounds, culminating in the major work Prometeo. This exploration was carried out to a great extent in the Experimentalstudio des SWR, the electronic music studio of the Southwest German Radio at Freiburg.

Neos has been systematically documenting this music, with new recordings and premiere recordings. Of the four on this disc, all recorded in December 2010, I have heard two in previous recordings, and two are new to me. "...sofferte onde serene..." for piano and tape (1976 -- 14'14) is played beautifully here by Markus Hinterhauser. It was written for, and originally recorded by Nono's friend Maurizio Pollini. Clearly it is a precursor of the low-volume electro-acoustic music of the Eighties.

"Omaggio a Gyorgy Kurtag" for alto, clarinet, tuba and live electronics (1983/1986 -- 17'56) is a new recording -- the earlier recording can be found on the Luigi Nono 3 disc on Naive Montaigne. The performance and recording quality are superb, with Susanne Otto's contralto voice, Roberto Fabbriciani on flute, Ernesto Molinari on clarinet, and Klaus Burger on tuba. It is typical of Nono's vocal works of this period, punctuated by silences and passages at low volume that require close listening.

I am most impressed by the two works here that I am hearing for the first time. "Con Luigi Dallapiccola" for six percussionists and live electronics (1979 -- 12'53) features Le Percussions de Strasbourg. I was under the impression that Nono produced no compositions between 1976 and 1980, but apparently this is not the case. His tribute to the great composer, creator of the operas Il Prigionero and Ulisse, is suitably dramatic, and it makes a fine conclusion to the disc.

"A Pierre. Dell'azzuro silenzio, inquietum" for bass flute, double bass clarinet and live electronics (1985 -- 9'25) is simply incredible. Roberto Fabbriciani and Ernesto Molinari's deep bass instruments are altered by the electronics to produce hitherto unimagined sonorities. This Neos series continues to surprise with late Nono works either never before heard, or heard only by a few on obscure, unavailable recordings. The dedication is testimony to the rapprochement between Nono and Pierre Boulez many years after Nono broke with his fellow Darmstadt composer in the late Fifties due to Nono's leftist politics and Boulez's apolitical stance.

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The founding artistic director of the >>EXP/SWR>> was Peter Haller, followed by Andre Richard, from 1989-2005. Since 2006, Detlef Heusinger has taken the helm. The studio personnel for this recording were Michael Acker, Reinhold Braig, Joachim Haas, and Thomas Hummel, plus Andre Richard, sound direction.

I warmly recommend this fine Neos set to all fans of the late Nono.

(verified purchase from Dussmann in Berlin)
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