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Program 517: French Spectralism

KALW Broadcast Date: May 25, 2018 | Host: Michael Jones

French Spectralism is a movement which began in the latter-half of the 20th century that, in many ways, has revolutionized the way composers deal with timbre. Join us as we listen to Tristan Murail’s Tellur for solo guitar, performed by the Swedish guitarist Stefan Östersjö. We also will get to hear the first two movements from Gérard Grisey’s masterwork, Les Espaces Acoustiques. The first movement, “Prologue,” will be performed by Garth Knox on viola, and the Asko Ensemble will perform the second movement, “Periods.” Lastly, we will hear from Philippe Hurel with his Tombeau in Memoriam Gérard Grisey for Piano and Percussion, performed by Jean Geoffroy and Jean-Marie Cottet.

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30-Second Spot

Track Info & Links

Title: Tellur for solo guitar
Composer: Tristan Murail
Performers: Stefan Östersjö
Recording Title: Stefan Östersjö
Record Label: dB Productions
Catalog Number: 31


Title: Les Espaces Acoustiques
Composer: Gérard Grisey
Performers: Garth Knox and The Asko Ensemble
Recording Title: Gérard Grisey: Les Espaces Acoustiques
Record Label: Kairos Records
Catalog Number: 0012422KAI


Title: Tombeau in Memoriam Gérard Grisey
Composer: Philippe Hurel
Performers: Jean Geoffroy, Piano and Jean-Marie Cottet, Percussion
Recording Title: Hurel: Flashback
Record Label: Aeon
Catalog Number: AECD0105

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