HANNA KULENTY (b.1961): GG Concerto for Harpsichord and String Orchestra, Music for Roy for Mixed Choir and Chamber Orchestra, Breathe for String Orchestra, Sinequan Forte B for Solo Amplified Cello with delay and Chamber Orchestra.
Catalogue Number: 12N088
Description: The exhilaratingly energetic harpsichord concerto is somewhat of an amalgam of Glassian minimalism and the frantic toccata that opens Khachaturian's third symphony, with near-constant rapid arpeggiated figuration from the soloist, holding its own against the string orchestra by increasing the density of the texture by overlapping figures between the manuals of a double-keyboard harpsichord. A passage of ethereal gliding tones introduces a sort of slow movement, but otherwise the piece is tonal, like most of the other works here (one of the 'G's in the title is the key). Music for Roy was conceived as film music, apparently with some spiritual overtones (no texts are provided, but the character of the music suggests slow, ritualistic minimalism, church liturgy, and bell sounds). Breathe is an early work in the composer's output, and consists of dense, dissonant cluster textures and harsh, stabbing figures, occasionally interrupted by scalar figuration which seems to be trying to establish harmonic centers. Sinequan Forte B returns to the restless propulsiveness of the concerto, more obsessively insistent and darker in mood here, with the solo cello sound enriched through the use of electronic delay to create pulsating, overlapping loops. Goska Isphording (harpsichord), Bartosz Koziak (cello), Wroclaw Philharmonic Choir, Wroclaw Chamber Orchestra LEOPOLDINUM; Ernst Kovacic.