MARCO PODDA (b.1963): Le gardien du phare for Solo Soprano, Promenade III for Soprano, Cello and Harp, Oraison funèbre for Soprano and Cello, Cello and Harp: Chanson d'amour perdue, Passacaglia, Promenade II, Solo Cello: Invenzione I-III, Solo Harp: Promenade I, Flute, Cello and Harp: Promenade IV, Desgregazioni.
Catalogue Number: 01Q066
Reference: TC 960601
Description: This work is a suite of twelve movements for various combinations of the four performers (but never all four in one movement). There are various symmetries and progressions in the structuring of the work, of which the rather portentous booklet notes seek to make a profound philosophical statement, but in terms of what the music actually sounds like, what we have here is twelve pieces of more or less meditative mood, in a very comsonant, tonal vocabulary. The composer seems to have a reverence for Bach, with references especially to the cello suites in several of the movements (this affinity is also apparent in several of Podda's liturgical works which you can hear on YouTube). Elsewhere, the calm gracefulness of Satie's Gymnopedies, the soothing consonances of New Spirituality composers, and folksong-like melodies in the vocal movements are apparent influences. No texts. Laura Antonaz (soprano), Giorgio De Giorgi (flute), Jacopo Francini (cello), Lara Macrì (harp).