FAUSTO ROMITELLI (1963-2004): Dead City Radio. Audiodrome for Orchestra, EnTrance for Soprano, 16 Exectuants and Electronics, Flowing down too slow for Strings, Percussion and 2 Digital Samplers, The Nameless City for String Orchestra and Bell.

Catalogue Number: 10J122

Label: Stradivarius

Reference: STR 33723

Format: CD

Price: $17.98

Description: These works seem calculated to disturb; they are haunted by a sense of disintegration, even decay. This is not to suggest that they occupy some kind of formless, primal scream territory; they are constructed with an acute sensitivity to timbre and form, though in both cases of a fluid, organic type. influenced by spectralism, the composer's sound-world is charged with dissonant high harmonics, glissandi, microtones and bell sounds, both literal and implied. However, obsessive ostinati of a post-romantic, quasi-symphonic kind not infrequently emerge to propel the music forward, as in the central section of 'Flowing …' (which does indeed slow down like some vast machine coming to exhausted rest) or the opening gestures of 'Audiodrome' with their distorted R. Strauss quotation. This uneasy, neo-expressionistic canvas finally does devolve into electronic noise,and throughout there is a feeling of desolation, of structured cities and civilizations barely recognisable and without meaning in their final stages of disintegration; a nightmare-scape right out of William S. Burroughs. Donatienne Michel-Dansac (soprano), Scottish Chamber Orchestra; Peter Rundel.


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