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Murail: Winter Fragments, etc / Galante, Lesser, et al

Album Summary

>Murail, Tristan : Winter Fragments, for ensemble & electronics
>Murail, Tristan : Unanswered Questions, for flute
>Murail, Tristan : Ethers, for flute & ensemble
>Murail, Tristan : Feuilles a travers les cloches, for flute, violin, cello & piano
>Murail, Tristan : Le Lac, for ensemble
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Notes & Reviews:

"The French composer Tristan Murail (b.1947) is prominent among those credited with developing spectral music in the 1970s. This disc includes five of Murail's compositions dating from 1978 to 2001, some of which include electronics and acoustic instruments, and some of which are for acoustic instruments only. It's intriguing to note that without referring to the track list, it's virtually impossible to tell which is which. The sonorities Murail coaxes from the instrumental ensemble in Le Lac and Ethers sound for all the world like they were electronically generated. In Winter Fragments, scored for chamber ensemble, synthesized sounds and electronic tape, the acoustic and synthetic elements mingle seamlessly to create a soundscape of a distant, frozen world. It's a measure of Murail's gift for orchestral color that he can create such ghostly and unconventional sounds from conventional instruments, and a testimony to his compositional gifts that he can use them to create works of such powerfully expressive content. This CD should be of interest to any fans of new music curious about the directions European music has taken as a result of questioning the authority of serialism." -All Music



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>Murail, Tristan : Winter Fragments, for ensemble & electronics
  • Performer: Erin Lesser (Flute)
  • Conductor: Michel Galante
  • Ensemble: Argento Chamber Ensemble
  • Notes: Istanbul, Turkey (11/20/2003-11/24/2003)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2000

>Murail, Tristan : Unanswered Questions, for flute
  • Performer: Erin Lesser (Flute)
  • Conductor: Michel Galante
  • Ensemble: Argento Chamber Ensemble
  • Notes: Istanbul / New York (11/20/2003-11/24/2003)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1995

>Murail, Tristan : Ethers, for flute & ensemble
  • Performer: Erin Lesser (Flute)
  • Conductor: Michel Galante
  • Ensemble: Argento Chamber Ensemble
  • Notes: Istanbul, Turkey (11/20/2003-11/24/2003)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1978

>Murail, Tristan : Feuilles à travers les cloches, for flute, violin, cello & piano
  • Performer: Erin Lesser (Flute)
  • Conductor: Michel Galante
  • Ensemble: Argento Chamber Ensemble
  • Notes: Istanbul, Turkey (11/20/2003-11/24/2003)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1998

>Murail, Tristan : Le Lac, for ensemble
  • Performer: Erin Lesser (Flute)
  • Conductor: Michel Galante
  • Ensemble: Argento Chamber Ensemble
  • Notes: New York, NY (10/16/2004-10/17/2004)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2001