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Some emotion, any emotion please......
on 7 March 2003
At one level this is a perfect or near perfect rendition of this piece: a restrained ethereal performance of the work of a restrained ethereal composer.
But within a few minutes I'm longing for some emotion - any emotion - to pierce the crystaline heart of this piece.
We have had microtonal music - Part gives us micropausal music, and doubtless noone could reproduce it more exactly that Tonus Peregrinus here. But surely there is more to performance than that? Would a little drama be permissable? Maybe even a little hint of religious fervour ? I say this as the accoustic chosen it quite distant - this sounds as if it could have been recorded (and well recorded) in a church. The meticulous approach of the performers really needs a closer accoustic to accentuate the musical details they have lavished so much care on.
As the disc ends I feel that I have witnessed - not so much the performance of this work - as its dissection - and however meticulously that has been done - something important is missing.