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RADULESCU, HORATIU: Works for Organ and Cello
One of the unsung geniuses of the C20, the Romanian/French spectralist Horatiu Radelescu used unconventional resources, extended techniques and microtonal shifts to work in a medium of texture and flux. The five pieces here are (variously) for organ; cello and trombone – and for ‘string instrument’ and ‘sound icons’ – sound icons being lidless grand pianos stood on their ends like harps and played, usually, with rosined nylon threads – a technique first developed by Radelescu in Paris in 1965 and explored by several since, notably Stephen Scott, but never like this. Radelescu was unique: no one sounds like him and he sounds like no one. Highly recommended.