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Alvin Lucier

Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra /San Diego Symphony / Charles Curtis

Alvin Lucier: Orchestra Works

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  • Type CD
  • Label New World Records
  • UPC 0093228075523
  • Catalog number NW 80755
  • Release date 08 October 2013

About the album

For nearly fifty years the work of Alvin Lucier (b. 1931) has marked off a space unlike any other in American music. By now a hero to three generations of experimentalists, Lucier continues to make work at a brisk pace, finding new, surprising and radical approaches to the same artistic concerns. His subject is the human as listener, and his music can be understood as a detailed, exhaustive investigation into the complexities of the act of listening. The results are often uncanny, but the approach is through the familiar and the ordinary; and the production is invariably of rare composerly discipline and exactness of execution.

The three works presented on this album set forth three perspectives on the orchestra, monument of the European concert tradition. In each work we hear unmistakable echoes of the familiar iconography of the orchestra, associations with the past that are the bearers of complex meanings. Yet in a kind of tandem reality, sound itself pushes forward, bringing us back to the present, to our immediate presence as listeners, and to meanings independent of association. The world construed as what is known, as a set of received notions, is gently put in question; another world, the one we live in moment to moment, is briefly illuminated. 

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    Diamonds for 1, 2, or 3 Orchestras
    Composer: Alvin Lucier
  • 1
    Composer: Alvin Lucier
  • 1
    Exploration of the House
    Composer: Alvin Lucier

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"I can’t think of another composer who manages, again and again, to create such an inverse relationship between the bald simplicity of the compositional plan and the crazy richness of the musical result"