About the album
In the 1970s, Horatiu Radulescu began exploring and composing begun composing what he called “plasmatic music,” in which sound was conceived as an “endless ocean of vibrations,” as opposed to the traditional way in which music treats sound as a fabric of discrete scale steps. His music is linked to the “spectral music” school.
Radulescu’s Fifth String Quartet is one of the key works in his output. It is in some ways the richest manifestation of the body of string techniques he had developed for his music. It consists of 29 sections/pages which richly evocative titles, each lasting about 1 minute.
The Second Piano Sonata is inspired by the Tao of Chinese philosopher Lao tzu (6-5 BC). The first movement, “Immanence,” opens with a powerful sonority built from spectral functions which gives a sense of immensity and strength.
The Fifth Piano Sonata makes abundant use — more so than any of the other sonatas — of Romanian folk material, which is absorbed and integrated into Radulescu’s spectral language.
Liner notes by Bob Gilmore (in English, German & French).
Also available on limited-edition LP (modeLP 290)
11Piano Sonata No.2, op.82 “being and non-being create each other” I. Immanence
12Piano Sonata No.2, op.82 “being and non-being create each other” II. Byzantine Bells
13Piano Sonata No.2, op.82 “being and non-being create each other” III. Joy
14String Quartet No.5, op.89 “before the universe was born”
15Piano Sonata No.5, op.106 “settle your dust, this is the primal identity” I. The path into the light seems dark
16Piano Sonata No.5, op.106 “settle your dust, this is the primal identity” II. Darkness within darkness. / The gateway to all understanding
17Piano Sonata No.5, op.106 “settle your dust, this is the primal identity” III. Use you own light / and return to the source of light. / This is called practicing eternity