Jonathan Harvey (°1939) is a leading British composer who is at the same time close to the French music world. Through his spiritual itinerary, which blends Tantric Buddhism and Roman Catholicism, he can be seen as an heir of Messiaen, with whom he shares a fiery, multicoloured luxuriance of expression, and like many French composers, he has played a role in the re-establishment of euphonious, sensual, expressive yet non-neoclassical harmony based on natural resonance.
Ictus continues the project started on earlier CDs for Cypres (Terry Riley, CYP5601; Helmut Oehring, CYP5602): to make use, in art music, of all the creative resources of rock studios, under the supervision of the artists themselves. The result is a world in movement full of swirling sounds that takes the listener on a journey through different perspectives of sound: from a detail to the whole, from extreme precision to exhilarating vagueness.
What is so exciting to me [in this recording] is that there are revelations everywhere; things I have never heard before, new shapes, new balances, new perspectives brought to hear by creative minds forming with passionate conviction the lineaments of vision..." (Jonathan Harvey)
released January 1, 2001
Text by Célestin Deliège
Conductor: Georges-Elie Octors
Artistic supervision: Alain Franco
Recording: Jarek Frankowski
Editing: François Deppe and Jean-Luc Plouvier