There are those CD compilations devoted to music of our time that, in
a sense, go straight for the jugular. There's no placatory introduction
here to soothe innocent listeners, so dive in boldly. If today's music
generally bothers you, do not capitulate. After all, modern music comes
in many flavours, and some should activate your taste buds.
That said, Enrico Correggia, Luca Francesconi, Giacinto Scelsi, Ada Gentile,
and Dario Maggi are not names instantly recognisable to any but those who
chart their musical course through the numerous bodies specialising in today's
music. All this music is therefore new to most of us, which will spur some
to action and many to the reverse.
I always feel anxious for lesser-known composers striving for attention
and interest. They all deserve some reaction from listeners. It is invariably
a buyers' market, leaving the less fortunate composers with egg on
their faces and a bundle of manuscripts under their arm. Therefore a CD
programmed as this presents a challenge and some satisfaction for those
who go boldly for it. Hesitation gets nowhere.
Performances are strong, leaving the listener to decide verdicts from
positive presentation [listen -- track 7, 0:00-1:01].
Copyright © 18 May 2002
Basil Ramsey, Eastwood, Essex, UK
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Enrico Correggia: Già l'Eolia di Notte ...; Luca Francesconi: Viaggiatore Insonne; Giacinto Scelsi: Kya; Ada Gentile: In un Silenzio Ordinato; Dario Maggi: Im finsteren Wald; Luca Francesconi: Plot in Fiction