SALVATORE SCIARRINO (b.1947): Variazioni for Cello and Orchestra (Francesco Dillon [cello]), Allegoria della notte for Violin and Orchestra (Marco Rogliano [violin]), Frammento e Adagio for Flute and Orchestra (Mario Caroli [flute]), Morte di Borromini for Orchestra and Speaker (Moni Ovadia [speaker]), I fuochi oltre la ragione for Orchestra, Recitativo oscuro for Piano and Orchestra (Daniele Pollini [piano]), Il suono e il tacere for Orchestra, Shadow of Sound for Orchestra.

Catalogue Number: 01K110

Label: Kairos

Reference: 0012802KAI

Format: CD

Price: $25.98

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Description: iarrino employs generous orchestral forces - a full Romantic complement, plus extra percussion - in these works, but almost without exception they are used to expand the range of available timbres (through the customary range of extended playing techniques) rather than for massed tutti effects. Sciarrino's orchestral soundworld often incorporates into its slowly changing soundscapes deep, pulsating, throbbing percussion, suggesting a heartbeat - often an unstable, fibrillating one - and breathy gasps from winds and strings. These organic, living (or dying) sounds are a frequent feature of Sciarrino's acoustical mementi mori, even in works whose dramatic text is less explicit than the one based on the dying testament of the architect of St Peter's. Allegoria begins with fragmentary full quotations from the Mendelssohn violin concerto, floating in abstract sound textures like crystals preserved in vitreous and amorphous lava. Here and elsewhere in the works with solo instruments, the soloists suggest shadows of themselves as they would normally be presented in a concertante work. There is a noticeable progression toward a more concrete use of instruments in the most recent works; the composer has spoken of his music increasingly 'seeking to become voice', though even here there is always a sense of the pent-up suspension of time; full-sounding cantabile gestures acting as isolated islands surrounded on all sides by encroaching nocturnal shadows. 3 CDs. Orchestra Sinfonia Nazional della RAI; Tito Ceccherini.

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