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|Werner Haseleu, Luigi Nono, Herbert Kegel|
Luigi Nono: Como una ola; Epitaffio No. 1; Epitaffio No. 3
Genres: Pop, Classical
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Like a wave of strength and light!
R. Hutchinson | a world ruled by fossil fuels and fossil minds | 07/11/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
""como una ola de fuerza y luz" was written in 1971/1972 to commemorate the Chilean revolutionary, Luciano Cruz, of the MIR (Revolutionary Leftist Movement). This 30-minute piece, recorded in 1976 in Leipzig, is for soprano, piano and orchestra, accompanied by a tape recording of transformed piano sounds and human voices. The electronics are therefore simple, but powerfully effective, used at the end to evoke the continuing presence of the revolutionary spirit, and the utopian prospect. As noted, "como una ola" marked a transition toward Nono's more contemplative late (1980s) style. The two shorter works included here (written in 1952/3, recorded in 1977) are less innovative musically, but form a thematic whole, as they commemorate the (losing) democratic forces of the Spanish Civil War (set to verse from Garcia-Lorca and Neruda). From the dictators Franco and Pinochet, to such current anti-democratic forces as the World Trade Organization, the struggle continues..."
Disc shows transition between Nono's early and late styles.
Karl Henzy | 12/22/1998
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Memento (Epitafio No.3) is a good example of Nono's early style, based on Schoenberg's Variations for Orchestra, with shouting chorus and a political text. Como una etc., composed in 1972, is rooted in this kind of music but also shows the transition into late Nono, full of erie, static sound, a sort of white on white effect. Dedicated to Luciano Cruz, a Chilean revolutionary and martyr, the work's title means "Like a wave of strength and light." Nono's musical interpretation of strength here consists in rumbling percussion and a piano smoldering away in its lower registers, while light becomes the electronically produced "space music" which the more violent music periodically gives way to, as if to a vision of another, more spiritual realm. Como una ola de fuerza y luz is certainly one of Nono's most powerful works, and may be one of the masterpieces of the century."
Great music by a throughly neglected composer
R. Hutchinson | 12/21/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Frank Zappa once said that one of his band members wanted to turn your teen aged ears around. He must have had music like this in mind. Luigi Nono's music thoroughly engages the ear and mind in ways that the rock modernist could only hope for. His setting of texts by Lorca and Neruda are stunning and the performances on this disc are a revelation. Even in the short and simple third movement of the Epitafio #1 the poem and its setting create an entire world that would take Borges fifteen pages to suggest."