BANCQUART, ALAIN: Livre du Labyrinth (dbl CD)

 
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6 pieces exploring microtanailty, shifting textures and time, some with very interesting instrumentation (piano in sixteenth tones, two in quarter tones and 2 violas d'amore; electric guitar, flute, harp, cello, clarinet, cymbalum, percussion and quartertone piano; four singers and tape; bass voice and 5 cellos. But much is slow and demands a performance context or visual accompaniment, I think, except for a few pieces. On the other hand the densely microtonal pieces are extremely interesting and unusual. A CD you might not want always to listen to all of but with some tracks that are passing strange.




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