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  Luigi Nono: Prometeo, Tragedia dell'ascolto - Ensemble Recherche
  Luigi Nono: Prometeo, Tragedia dell'ascolto

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Review by JJ January 10, 2008 (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
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“Prometeo, Tragedy of listening” by Luigi Nono (1924-1990) is a work for singers, narrators, choruses, string soloists, wind soloists, orchestral and live electronic groups. It can in no way be considered an opera or an oratorio that follows a logical series of scenes or structured events as part of a defined plot. The major contribution of the Italian composer lies instead in a shattering of the form in which the above-named story, that of humanity’s redemption, seems to self-construct before our eyes. For, as Lydia Jeschke states, “Nono’s greatest theme is contrast: great, noisy, swift, abundant on the one hand but also the opposite: little, soft, slow and silent. It is in the reduction – of the speed, the volume, the density – that Nono musically latches on to the source of new hope in light of the failures human history has known in its projects, dreams and revolutions.” The present complete recording is a comprehensive must for all those who want to explore and understand the language of one of the greatest composers of the last century. André Richard conducts the ensemble with depth and wisdom, finding the perfect balance between all the participants. The multicanal recording adds to the notion of “infinite” and offers the best possible setting for a score that is both colossal and intimate. Art with a capitol A.

Jean-Jacques Millo
Translation Lawrence Schulman

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Works: 2  

Luigi Nono - Prometeo
Luigi Nono - Tragedia dell'ascolto