GRISEY: Vortex Temporum [1]

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released January 17, 2020

Gérard Grisey : VORTEX TEMPORUM
[First Part], 1994,
for piano and five instruments
Studio version.



ICTUS
Geert De Bièvre, cello
Dirk Descheemaeker, clarinet
Georges-Elie Octors, musical supervision
Jean-Luc Plouvier, piano
Jeroen Robbrecht, viola
Michael Schmid, flute
Igor Semenoff, violin


Recorded by Alexandre Fostier
Mixed by Jean-Luc Plouvier and Christophe Guiraud, 2015
Mastering: Christophe Guiraud
Photo: Julien Monty (Rosas) photographed by
Marie-Françoise Plissart in the Rosas studio.



LINER NOTES
Notes about the work are available on this page,
dedicated to 'Vortex Temporum', the performance,
a choreography by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker for Rosas & Ictus:
www.ictus.be/vortex



"The title Vortex Temporum indicates the beginning of the system of rotation, repeated arpeggios and their metamorphosis in various transient passages. The problem here is to enter the depths of my recent research on the use of the same material at different times. The three basic forms are the original event – a sinusoidal wave – and two continuous events, an attack with or without resonance as well as a sound held with or without crescendo. There are three various spectra: harmonics, ‘stretched disharmonics’ and ‘compressed disharmonics’; three different tempos: basic, more or less expanded, and more or less contracted. These are the archetypes that guide Vortex Temporum."
(Gérard Grisey)

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