JACQUES CHARPENTIER (b.1933): 72 études Karnatiques.

Catalogue Number: 12O076

Label: Genuin

Reference: GEN 12257

Format: CD

Price: $39.98

Description: We offered this very unusual work 15 years ago on a frightfully expensive French special import in limited quantities (the label was 3D Classics, now defunct). Now it's a lot more affordable in this brand-new recording. Here's the blurb from November 1997:  "It comes as no surprise to discover that Charpentier had a period of study with Messiaen, as that is clearly the æsthetic from which his piano music has emerged. Messiaen's Études de rhythme are the obvious antecedents of this vast and ambitious cycle, which, like John Foulds' Essays in the Modes (of which only 7 were completed) examines in terms of the well-tempered scale of western music the implications of dividing the octave into modes with 7 notes, as found in the Karnatic music of Southern India. Each study has its own very individual character (described by the composer in strikingly Messiaenic terms: "cloches aigües et tam-tam profond" and the like. If you like Messiaen and experiments in employing eastern scales in western music interest you, then this is for you." 3 CDs. Michael Schäfer (piano).

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