Scelsi Collection vol.1

Quartetto per archi n.2 (1961)
Quartetto di Torino

I funerali di Alessandro Magno (1962)

Quattro illustrazioni (1953) metamorfosi di Vishnu
Fabrizio Ottaviucci pianoforte

I funerali di Carlo Magno (A.D. 814) (1976)
Fulvia Ricevuto percussioni
Francesco Dillon violoncello

Data di pubblicazione: 04-07-2007
Numero di catalogo: STR 33801
Etichetta: STRADIVARIUS - Italia

Complete flute music

Esecutore: Claudia Giottoli flute, Raffaele D’Aniello piano, Paolo Puliti oboe, Leonardo Ramadori percussions, Natalia Benedetti clarinet
Etichetta: Brillant Classic
Codice: 95039BR

Rucke di Guck
Tetratkys (1959) for flute
Krishna e Radha

The Orchestral Works 2

Quattro Pezzi (su una nota sola) (1959)   (16:54)
for 25 musicians
Peter Rundel, conductor
   1st Movement   (2:56)
   2nd Movement   (4:49)
   3rd Movement   (4:27)
   4th Movement   (4:41)

Uaxuctum-The Legend of the Mayan City which they themselves destroyed for religious reasons (1966)   (21:14)
for ondes Martenot, seven percussionists, timpanist, chorus and 23 musicians
Peter Rundel, conductor
   1st Movement   (6:13)
   2nd Movement   (3:59)
   3rd Movement   (3:43)
   4th Movement   (3:12)
   5th Movement   (4:07)
      Concentus Vocalis, Chorusmaster: Herbert Böck

La nascita del Verbo (1946-48)   (31:58)
for chorus and large orchestra
Johannes Kalitzke, conductor
   1st Movement   (6:34)
   2nd Movement   (6:00)
   3rd Movement   (8:09)
   4th Movement   (11:15)
      Wiener Kammerchor, Chorusmaster: Michael Grohotolsky

Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra

The first recording of his 32-minute grand cantata La nascita del Verbo. Steeped in chromaticism, with hints of Scriabin and a sea of percussion, Nascita boasts a vast double fugue (one of the most imposing in the history of music) and a forty-seven voice canon in twelve keys. This work, "truly written in blood," left Scelsi "in a deplorable state," afterwards he stopped composing for several years.

One of Scelsi's infamous pieces is the Quattro Pezzi (su una nota sola). Each piece is limited to one pitch with micro-fluctuations of sound (vibratos, slurs, spectral changes, tremolos...). Because of the nearly total abandonment of harmonics, the listener concentrates on new sonorous subtleties, on the orchestra's timbre as a whole.

In 1966, he completed the ferocious, tormented, complex Uaxuctum. The myths and mysteries of this Mayan city is reflected in Scelsi's compositional process: new instrumental and vocal techniques (breathing noises, nasal sounds, muted or inhaled gutturals...), rhythmic incantations, a petrified flow of time. Few woodwinds, a string section consisting of six double basses, lots of brass, and, in addition to a timpanist, no less than seven percussionists!

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