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Metier    MSV CD92018

Plot in Fiction. Firebird Ensemble. © 2002 Metier Sound and Vision


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



Plot in Fiction - Italian music for ensemble

MSV CD92018 DDD Stereo NEW RELEASE 60'00" 2002 Metier Sound & Vision

Firebird, conducted by Barrie Webb
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



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