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Scelsi: The Piano Works, Vol. 4

Audio Samples

>Scelsi, Giacinto : Hispania, triptych for piano
>Scelsi, Giacinto : Suite no 5 "Il Circo", for piano
>Scelsi, Giacinto : Suite no 6 "I Capricci di Ty", for piano

Album Summary

>Scelsi, Giacinto : Hispania, triptych for piano
>Scelsi, Giacinto : Suite no 5 "Il Circo", for piano
>Scelsi, Giacinto : Suite no 6 "I Capricci di Ty", for piano
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Notes & Reviews:

The piano plays a role of undeniable importance in Scelsi's life and work. From 1930 to 1941, and again from 1952 t 1956, the composer produced an enormous repertoire for the instrument, including 40 Preludes, 11 Suites, four Sonatas, and many solo works.

The works on this CD attest to his brilliance as an improviser, his sensitivity to rhythm and color, and the originality of his compositional identity.

One of Canada's leading pianists, Stephen Clarke, has performed as a soloist in festivals in Europe, Canada, and the US. He has worked with a number of ensembles and has performed as a soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Composers' Orchestra.

This audiophile quality recording was made using high-resolution 96khz/24 bit technology.

"[Hispania] is the musical equivalent of dressage, a beautifully-rendered presentation of mannered, equestrian moves. "Suite 5" has a similarly prancing dissonance, while "Suite 6" is fast, rangy and explosive; like "Hispania", it uses repeated single-note motifs." -The Independent



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Works Details

>Scelsi, Giacinto : Hispania, triptych for piano
  • Performer: Stephen Clarke (Piano)
  • Notes: Teldex Studios, Berlin, Germany (10/29/2007/11/05/2007)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1939

>Scelsi, Giacinto : Suite no 5 "Il Circo", for piano
  • Performer: Stephen Clarke (Piano)
  • Notes: Teldex Studios, Berlin, Germany (10/29/2007/11/05/2007)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1935

>Scelsi, Giacinto : Suite no 6 "I Capricci di Ty", for piano
  • Performer: Stephen Clarke (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1938-1939