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Xenakis : Pléïades

DeciBells

Classical - Released January 4, 2019 | Genuin

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Iannis Xenakis invented his own instruments for Les Pléiades, a suggestive, interstellar work for percussion ensemble. And once again the Ensemble DeciBells commissioned their very own grandiose musical instruments for their outstanding recording of this work. The musicians led by Basel solo timpanist Domenico Melchiorre play the shimmering music, which fuses the boundaries between individual instrument, ensemble, and listener on a dizzying scale: subtle and yet with nerve! © Genuin
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Hugues Dufourt : Burning Bright

Les Percussions de Strasbourg

Classical - Released November 10, 2016 | Percussions de Strasbourg

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Carter, Ichiyanagi, Drouet & Solbiati: Contemporary Works for Timpani

Benoît Cambreling

Classical - Released February 2, 2015 | ARTALINNA

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Clearly with a bold agenda in mind, this program, put together by Benoît Cambreling – the famed timpani soloist of the Orchestre National de Lyon – initiates a new collection of recordings on the Artalinna label called Innovation, consisting in pairing new works from the late 20th and early 21st centuries with great classics of music from the last century, such as Eight Pieces for Four Timpani, composed by Elliott Carter in 1950 and 1966, a genuine cornerstone of the timpani repertoire that would influence all the other creators of this program, from Toshi Ichiyanagi (Japan) to Alessandro Solbiati (Italy), to Jean-Pierre Drouet (France). © Artalinna/Qobuz

Andrzej Panufnik : Symphonic Works (Vol. 6)

Lukasz Borowicz

Symphonic Music - Released July 30, 2013 | CPO

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Polish composer Andrzej Panufnik departed for Britain in 1954, when the Communist experiment in Poland began to go sour. His music, though, remained more Polish than British. At times he seems to have aimed at a somewhat simpler version of the style of his friend Witold Lutoslawski, with whom he played duets in Warsaw cafes during the darkest days of World War II (concerts and other public gatherings being forbidden). His later works often involve the use of small melodic cells, heavily manipulated. Panufnik's Symphony No. 9 ("Sinfonia di Speranza") was commissioned in 1986 for the 175th anniversary of the Royal Philharmonic Society. The orchestra suggested a choral work on the model of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125. Panufnik rejected the suggestion, but the 40-minute symphony, although not tonal, seems to have characteristics of both the first movement and the chorale finale, with its reworked and ultimately triumphal musical motif of hope (the work's subtitle means "symphony of hope"). With a little help from the booklet notes, which are largely quoted from Panufnik's own writings about the work, the music is quite accessible. There is a six-note "hope" motif, falling into two halves, that appears at the beginning of the work in various melodic and rhythmic guises, falls away in a central section that Panufnik calls "cold"), and returns for a stirring finale. The performance here by the Konzerthausorchester Berlin under Lukasz Borowicz captures the essentially Romantic quality of the work, despite its modern harmonic world and theoretical basis, and CPO's sound engineering, executed on the orchestra's home ground of the Konzerthaus Berlin, is very strong. The very colorful Concertino for timpani, percussion, and strings, with an unusually melodic timpani part originally premiered by the great Evelyn Glennie, is a thoroughly enjoyable curtain-raiser, and either work on the program here might serve an orchestra well for contemporary programming that makes no crossover concessions but should be accessible to a wide range of audiences. © TiVo
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A las seis de la tarde (Oeuvres de Benetti, Corea, Escaich, Mantovani, Pelegri, Ravel, Tortiller)

Emmanuel Curt

Classical - Released December 20, 2010 | Indésens

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Drums Immersion

Gérard Siracusa

Jazz - Released October 13, 2008 | Signature - Radio France

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Night of the Moon Dances

Grig Percussion

Jazz - Released January 1, 2007 | Signature - Radio France