Lewis Nielson - AXIS Horatiu Radulescu


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Stephen Clarke, piano
The JACK Quartet

String Quartet No.5 “before the universe was born”, op. 89 (1990-95)  29:20
The JACK Quartet

Piano Sonata No.5 “settle your dust, this is the primal identity”, op. 106
(2003)  18:31
1. The path into the light seems dark    10:57
2. Darkness within darkness. / The gateway to all understanding  3:04
3. Use your own light / and return to the source of  light. / This is called practicing eternity  4:31

Piano Sonata No.2 “being and non-being create each other”, op.82
(1991)  15:10
1. Immanence  7:40
2. Byzantine Bells  3:33
3. Joy  2:37
Stephen Clarke, piano

The first volume in a projected series combining Radulescu’s complete Piano Sonatas and String Quartets — there are six of each — on Mode performed by the superb JACK Quartet and Stephen Clarke (piano).

In the 1970s, Horatiu Radulescu began exploring and composing begun composing what he called “plasmatic music,” in which sound was conceived as an “endless ocean of vibrations,” as opposed to the traditional way in which music treats sound as a fabric of discrete scale steps. His music is linked to the “spectral music” school.

Radulescu’s Fifth String Quartet is one of the key works in his output. It is in some ways the richest manifestation of the body of string techniques he had developed for his music. It consists of 29 sections/pages which richly evocative titles, each lasting about 1 minute.

The Second Piano Sonata is inspired by the Tao of Chinese philosopher Lao tzu (6-5 BC). The first movement, “Immanence,” opens with a powerful sonority built from spectral functions which gives a sense of immensity and strength.

The Fifth Piano Sonata makes abundant use — more so than any of the other sonatas — of Romanian folk material, which is absorbed and integrated into Radulescu’s spectral language.

Liner notes by Bob Gilmore.

Related Resources:

Helmut LACHENMANN: Complete String Quartets. mode 267
Lewis NIELSON: Le Journal du Corps; Axis (Sandman) with Steven Schick, percussion. mode 283
Johannes SCHOLLHORN: rota. mode 255
Complete String Quartets. mode 209
Akea – with Aki Takahashi, piano. mode 217

Stephen CLARKE:
Morton FELDMAN: Complete Works for Violin and Piano – Sabat/Clarke. mode 82/83, 2-CDs
Barbara Monk FELDMAN: The Northern Shore. mode 244
Giacinto SCELSI:
The Piano Works 2. mode 143
The Piano Works 4. mode 227
Christian WOLFF: Complete Works for Violin and Piano. mode 126


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