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NEMESCU, OCTAVIAN: Musique pour descendre.
A handful of copies only. This Polish edition of two of Nemesu’s ‘hours’ gives a useful idea of the very different direction of travel taken in the second half of the C20 by a number of Romanian composers – influenced by elements of a Romanian folk tradition and a somewhat mystical desire to get to the essence of sound itself that underpinned what is now understood as Spectralism. In fact, Nemescu, in his sleeve notes, gives the best summary I have seen of the possible meanings of this term, separated into four strands associated with various groups of composers (three of them Romanian, one of them French). The two pieces here are simple, pellucid, non-developmental, very much concerned with timbre and feature a rather Feldmanesque autonomy of co-incident - but not directed - events. Played by small ensembles with some discreet electronic parts and orchestrated in such a way as to conceal rather than exploit the conventional nature of the instruments, these are suspended, metaphorical meditatative and undidactic works in a category of their own. Nice cover, useful notes.