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Giacinto Scelsi (1905-1988): Suite No. 8 Bot Ba; Suite No. 9 Ttai / Steffen Schleiermacher, piano

Album Summary

>Scelsi, Giacinto : Suite no 8 "Bot-Ba", for piano
>Scelsi, Giacinto : Suite no 9 "Ttai," for piano
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Notes & Reviews:

Who was Giacinto Scelsi? Steffen Schleiermacher sets out in quest of clues and discovers completely new sides to this eccentric who turned his life story into a quiz show and thumbed his nose at compositional convention. Into the 1950s piano music occupied the focus in Scelsi's oeuvre, and he deliberately withdrew from the avant-garde mainstream of his times.

Steffen Schleiermacher has selected two suites that could hardly be more different, though both have enigmatic titles referring to Far Eastern cultures. "Bot-Ba," the subtitle of Suite No. 8, mentions Tibetan dances and religious rituals.

Things are very different in Suite No. 9, "Ttai"; Scelsi wrote of this meditative music: "Excited persons would do well to abstain." He expressly refers to the "Sound of the sacred OM" said to favor meditative and transcendental experiences.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Konzerthaus der Abtei Marienmünster (11/30/2011).



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>Scelsi, Giacinto : Suite no 8 "Bot-Ba", for piano
  • Performer: Steffen Schleiermacher (Piano)
  • Running Time: 30 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1952

>Scelsi, Giacinto : Suite no 9 "Ttai," for piano
  • Performer: Steffen Schleiermacher (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1953