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5.0 out of 5 stars raw,vivid fragments,stelth,squeltering heat, 6 Aug 2001
This review is from: Red Earth (Audio CD)
'red earth' is yet another evocation of nature the raw, fragmented, shard,abandoned,tortured Mother Earth, perhaps Australia,doesn't matter for the listener although Finnissy's association and residentcies with Australia date to the 1980s. This is an admirable summation of previous studies dealing with Aborigines,series of works indicated in the sleeve note of Banumbirr, mythology, Marrngu,rituals Ulpirra.Those works I don't know, perhaps piano solo in Finnissy's oeuvre. The orchestra in red earth is transformed into a one-dimensional timbral canvas, with predictable like surges of microtonal sound,ample amounts of tympani thunders,shocking hammer blows as well,framed around tortured woodwinds, with wonderful solos from the double reed divisions.A microtonal oboe is indeed a sight,a feast for the blood,fire passion of this subject,like a suppressed,pulverized voice. This is exciting music, one which evokes the primeval,the primordial, an endeavor I beleive which has been in amongst primary contemporary concerns, as from another direction,another agenda Birtwistle's 'Earth dances'. There Birtwistle managed to portray a sense of impacted darkness,cloistered within walls of brass punctuated with spiky percussion. Here Finnissy's acheivement is the profound sense of boundless, yet controlled space. Controlled for it's a piece of art. Not since Cornelius Cardew has such a committment to the dispossessed the unwashed through the primary means of folklore,ritual,and tradition. Although by comparison, Cardew's apostasy was fairly one-dimensional and bound to the strictures of daily activism. Finnissy has more free conceptual space to attend to his vibrant imagination, and a larger pallette of expressive features. This work also has a neatly compact frame to render it all the more powerful, like one brief blinding light from the parched Sun-lit at Noon terrain
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Michael Finnissy: Red Earth by Michael Finnissy (Audio CD - 2002)
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