Towards the end of his life, Grisey had rejected spectralism as a meaningful concept. Yet the six works that make up Les Espaces Acoustiques. To not compose any more with notes, but sounds,” wrote Grisey in the prologue to Les Espaces Acoustiques. GÈRARD GRISEY: Les Espaces Acoustiques. Catalogue No.: KAI. EAN Code: Artist(s). WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, Stefan Asbury.

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You are commenting using your Facebook account. Please note that this is a different recording so the timings below will no longer correspond exactly with the performance.

In his teens Grisey considered becoming a composer as nothing less than a God-given vocation. Email required Address never made public.

Les Espaces Acoustiques by Gérard Grisey

According to Tom Service”His achievement has often been reduced to yet another of new music’s fetishistic labels, “spectralism” — a category that Grisey had rejected by the end of his life.

This page was last edited on 24 Novemberat The fine performance above is conducted by Pierre-Andre Valade and available on the Accord record label. This impressively authoritative recording under conductor Stefan Asbury dates fromthough Kairos has not apparently released the disc before now in Britain. Reblogged this on Perverse Egalitarianism and commented: May 21, at 5: After studies at the Hohner Academy in Trossingen, he entered the Paris Conservatoire, where he won all the main prizes, followed by a period at the Villa Medici and further studies in acoustics.

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Part scientific analysis, part mystical exploration of aural sensuality, Les espaces acoustiques simultaneously deconstructs conceptions of the nature of music whilst remaining firmly rooted in the physical, vibrational qualities of sound itself. Emblematically, the solo viola is heard again at the end of Transitoires and in the Epilogue, as if to confirm the coherence of the minute cycle. Scored for 18 instruments, this movement explores a wide variety of textures; particularly striking is the throbbing cloud of sound at The recording below has been removed from YouTube.


By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. An accordion virtuoso in his teens ranked as one of the best accordionists in the worldhe also excelled at school, acoustlques his Marianist education left him with a devout Catholic faith up till his early 20s. Retrieved from ” https: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

He expressed the opinion that: Leave espacess Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here If you are a library, university or other organisation that would be interested in an institutional subscription to Gramophone please click here for further information. It stands as a manifesto of the approach to composition that developed under the banner of spectralismso widely influential ever since. Skip to main content.

Grisey: Les Espaces Acoustiques CD review – profound and with a huge physical presence

Whether you want to see what we think of today’s latest releases or discover what our critics thought of your favourite recordings from the past, you will find it all in our full-searchable Reviews Database. It was from this starting point that the French composer began to mine the depths of texture and harmony contained within individual sounds.

Create grisy free website or blog at WordPress. Another long-term project of Grisey’s later years was to write music for solo voice.

Nonetheless, he spent much of his career exploring the spectrum of tone colour between harmonic overtones and noise. Views Read Edit View history. He studied at the Trossingen Conservatory in Germany from to Anon.

In addition, he was fascinated by musical processes which unfold slowly, and he made musical time a major element of many of his pieces. In this sense, Les espaces acoustiques reaches far beyond the superficialities of its compositional ingenuity: Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. Few composers could claim to have initiated a whole style. Cage 1Gerhard Richter by Thomas May. This latter quality is key: Notify me of new comments via email.


October 12, at 2: Through his spectral analyses, Grisey uncovered the dramatic tensions at the centre of apparently stable sounds, drawing out the natural dissonances that lie buried within. Listen out for the lilting series of arpeggios beginning at 3: You are commenting using your Twitter account. April 18, at 9: In the opening passage, the static, pulsating mass of sound occasionally threatens to erupt as the rasping trombone cuts through the soundscape.

Another recording can be found here via Spotify. Though he is by turns cast as the latest composer in the French coloristic tradition, or as the heir to Boulez in radically rethinking musical composition from the foundations up, perhaps what is most notable about Grisey is the humanness of his art and the seriousness of his vocation.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. It shows how the overtone structure of a single sound, its spectrum, with all its harmonic and microtonal implications, could form the basis for an entire work.

Grisey was raised in rural Belfort, near the West German and Swiss borders, as the only child of working-class parents. Grisey’s music is often considered to belong to the genre of spectral musicwhich he is credited with founding along with fellow composer Tristan Murailalthough he later disowned the label in interviews and writings.