SCRIABIN: Symphony No. 3 "The Divine Poem." Symphony
No. 4 "Le poème
YSAŸE: Sonata No. 1 in G minort. Sonata No. 2 in A minor.
Sonata No. 3 in D minor "Ballade." Sopnata No.4 in E minor.
Sonata No. 5 in G. Sponata No. 6 in E.
"ANATOMY OF SOUND -" Through minutiae explorations
into the very microlevels of soundanatomy. through vocal investigations
as well as the
activation of, spaciel premises and through the discovery oftimbral
qualities of objects, Song Circus masters an unusual audio vocabulary
that exopands the idea of what music can be."
Valelry Gergiev is an ideal conductor for music of Scriabin, as evidenced on and this disk of live performances of Symphony No. 3 ("The Divine Poem") and Symphony No. 4 ("The Poem of Ecstasy"). These were recorded in London's Barbican in April 2014 (No. 3) and March (No. 4). Impassioned performances indeed onhy diminished by the lack of orchestral sonority so essential in this exotic music. The recent Pentatone SACD with Michael Pletnev and his Russian National Orchestra contains symphonies 1 and 4 (REVIEW). Itt nmight be advisable to wait for him to complete his series where Scriabin's mystic music is heard in its full glory..
Belgian-born Eugene Ysaÿe (1858-1931) was one of the first major violinists, known for his beauty of tone and astounding technique. He studied with Wieniawsky, was received royally in music centers and befriended Joseph Joachim and Cesarr Franck. Franck wrote his famous violin sonata as a wedding present in 1886. It seems odd that Ysaye didn't compose more works for violin and orchestra. His best-known works are the six sonatas for solo violin, all performed on this new SACD by the young Dutch violinist Frederieke Saeijs who top prizes in the 2005 Long-Thibaud International Violin Competition.These sonatas are dedicated to leading violinsts of the time including Jacques Thibaud, Fritz Kreisler, Georges Enescu and Mathieu Crickboom. As ex[ected, they are very demanding, but all are tossed off easily by the fine violinist. Excellent audio.
I cannot quite comprehend just what is meant by the description provided for Anatomy Sound, but I can tell you that it is a collection of numerous odd sounds, some vocal, some instrumental, others of unidentified origin. and they have been very well recorded in multi-shannel sound, usually with discrete sounds coming from each channel. Much of this "music" is very quiet featuring human voices. The result surely is a fascinating listening experience, but don't look for mmusical interest—there isn't any, and I found it somewhat tiresome after a few minutes. There are 13 tracks, the first 12 devoted to Landscape With Figures by Ruben Sverre composed to texts by Domian Vitanza and James Joyce (although youy surely will not comprehend them). The final track contains Persephone composed by Ole-Hendrik Moe. There is no identification for the tracks. The program is contained on two disks, an SACD and blu-ray audio, and the price is premium. I cannot imagine anyone listening to this as anything other than a very costly experiment.
R.E.B. (December 2015)