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Jonathan Harvey: Wheel of Emptiness Import


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  • Performer: ictus, Dirk Noyen, François Deppe, Takashi Yamane, Piet Van Boskstal, et al.
  • Conductor: Georges Octors
  • Composer: Jonathan Harvey
  • Audio CD (March 21, 2005)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Cyprès
  • ASIN: B00005LAM4
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #459,305 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7. 2. Mary Magdalene (kneeling, leaning back to look wildly, passionately
8. 3. Mary, mother of Jesus (pale, in a deathly faint, wiped out)
9. 4. John the apostle (holding the senseless body of Mary, weeping hopele
10. 5. John the Baptist (by contrast completely impassive, grave, seeing an

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Earrations on May 9, 2007
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Those familiar with Harvey's work and background will most likely find this release very gratifying. Superbly recorded and performed by an extraordinary ensemble, Ictus of Brussels. The first piece, `Wheel of Emptiness' is a premiere recording commissioned and performed by the full ensemble. The additional pieces (except for the final composition for oboe, harp and string trio) combine solo instrumentation with electronic accompaniment, flawlessly executed and recorded. Sound presence throughout the release is outstanding. The CD as a whole comes of as a well balanced array of Harvey's musical reality.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Culver TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 9, 2011
Format: Audio CD
On this Cyprès disc, the Ictus ensemble performs three works by Jonathan Harvey written in the 1990s, most using electronics. I was most impressed by "Advaya" for cello and electronics (1994), which takes its title from a Buddhist term meaning "not-two", the transcendence of duality. Ever fascinated by the spectralist approach, Harvey created a new system based on the overtone spectrum that functions remarkably analogously to common-practice tonality. (For those who care about theory: for an overtone spectrum with a fundamental of frequency f, adding f + f to each partial will produce an overtone series starting an octave higher. But between f + f, there is a whole world of distorted overtone spectra to explore.)

For the somewhat eggheaded basis of "Advaya", what Harvey is doing is immediately audible to any listener. The cello produces a pure spectrum proceeding from the A of the first string. The electronic part, on the other hand, consists of various distorted spectra that were recorded earlier on the cello, treated with studio technology and are now played back on tape. There seems to be a conflict between the two sound sources, but in fact every single note is ultimately derived from the soloist, hence the title. At the climax of the work, the distortion is evened out of the electronic part (f + f), and the effect is, as Harvey intended, just as powerful as a conventional tonal resolution.

"Advaya" is an amazing work, and I've not heard a piece that is simultaneously so musical and so based on simple acoustic theory since the early works of Gérard Grisey. "Wheel of Emptiness" for ensemble and electronics (1997) continues the exploration of compromised spectra. It's enjoyable, though not as primal as "Advaya".
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