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NONO, LUIGI / HANS VAN ECK - La Lontananza Nostalgica Utopia Futura / Nuctemeron

Format: do-CD
Label & Cat.Number: Sub Rosa SR309
Release Year: 2012
Note: a new version of NONOs last famous piece (composed 1988) performed by TIZIANA PINTUS and HANS VAN ECKs 'Schreck Ensemble' - for violin, tape and live electronics; on CD 2 'Nuctemeron' by HANS VAN ECK, "a spiritual voyage as described in the text of Apollonius of Tyana (93 AD)" for voice, gong, violin, bass, clarinet, computer => a very intense 'music theatre' piece with extreme soprano vocals & visionary atmosphere; comes with 16p booklet
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" - CD1 features Luigi Nono's La Lontananza Nostalgica Utopica Futura (1992), an original title, a unique aesthetic metaphor even: one could say that the past reflected in the present [nostalgica] brings about a creative utopia [utopica]; the desire for what is known becomes a vehicle for what will be possible [futura] through the medium of distance. Performed by Tiziana Pintus /violin and Hans Van Eck /sound projection (The Schreck Ensemble).
- CD2 features Hans Van Eck's Nuctemeron (2008), a spiritual voyage as described in the text of Apollonius of Tyana (93 AD) which serves as the basis for the performance, connected by intermissions. Aspects of number symbolism, the four elements and the road to spiritual perfection have found their way into the music." [label info]

Luigi Nono (1924-1990)

Italian avant-garde composer of classical music who remains one of the most prominent composers of the 20th century. Nono studied with Malipiero at the Venice Conservatory (1941-5) and with Maderna and Scherchen, both of whom orientated him towards 12-note serialism (he married Schnberg's daughter Nuria in 1955). His avant-garde partisanship was inseparable from a commitment to socialism, twin aspects of a revolt against bourgeois culture: hence his avoidance of normal concert genres in favour of opera and electronic music, his frequent recourse to political texts and his work in bringing music to factories. His works include the operas Intolleranza 1960 (1961) and Al gran sole carico d'amore (1975), The cantata Il canto sospeso (1956), orchestral works and tape pieces. Much of his music of the 1950s and 1960s has a fervent lyricism; later works tended to be more pessimistic (Ein Gespenst geht um in der Welt, 1971).

The Schreck Ensemble

The magic of sounds is for me the most important aspect of music. the foremost goal of my compositions is to make the listener experience sounds as they are, taking him beyond the surface of the music. my musical style might be described as lyrical and colourful. the use of live electronics and soundtracks is so integrated in my way of making music that i cannot do without it. I co-founded the Schreck Ensemble with the late Arie Van Schutterhoef in 1989 in order to perform music that combines the use of acoustic instruments with the new sounds offered by modern computer technology. my music is published by mcn/donemus, amsterdam and can be found on the internet www.schreck.nl.
Hans Van Eck


"Maybe I should not list the two composers here, but the performers, Amsterdam's Schreck Ensemble, who started out in 1989 under the guidance of Hans van Eck and specialized in presented works which involve traditional instruments and live electronics. Welcome to the world of modern classical music. Here we have a CD, which also works as a SACD (so you can sit in the middle and hear it surround sound), with a piece by Luigi Nono and a CD with a work by Hans van Eck, artistic director of the Schreck Ensemble. In the Nono piece the violin is the central instrument (originally composed for Gideon Kremer). Nono taped Kremer's violin playing and made an 'electronic' tape out of that, which is to be played along with the violin in concert, but with the sound engineer having a flexible role in playback of that tape. I wish I could afford a surround sound set up, so I could experience this first hand, but alas that is not the case. This is an interesting work that no longer has use for words like 'composition' or 'improvisation' but is indeed both. An interestingly austere work. 'Nuctemeron' is a work by Hans van Eck for soprano (voice that is, not saxophone), violin, clarinets, tape, live electronics and stratifier, one of those self build electronic devices. I am not sure if I understood the liner notes alright, but this seems to be a long work, although it's cut down to forty six minutes here. This is a different work, obviously, using more instruments and which has a more expanded sound. The subject of the vocals, inspired by occult philosophies, kind of eludes me, but the overall nature of this work is indeed quite dark and intense, especially the '6th hour' piece, I quite enjoyed. Modern classical music is perhaps not always my strongest interest, but these two pieces by Nono and Van Eck, and they way they are performed by the Schreck Ensemble is absolutely great." [FdW/Vital Weekly]