Sciarrino: Chamber Music Ensemble Opificio Sonoro & Marco Momi
Label: Brilliant Classics
Subgenre: Chamber Music
Artist: Ensemble Opificio Sonoro & Marco Momi
Composer: Salvatore Sciarrino (1947)
Album including Album cover Booklet (PDF)
- Salvatore Sciarrino (b. 1947):
- 1Sciarrino: Esplorazione del bianco II09:37
- 2Sciarrino: Vagabonde blu11:38
- 3Sciarrino: Muro d'orizzonte10:21
- 4Sciarrino: Polveri laterali01:21
- 5Sciarrino: Alba meònia10:55
- 6Sciarrino: Il legno e la parola08:36
- 7Sciarrino: Il motivo degli oggetti di vetro04:27
- 8Sciarrino: Omaggio a burri10:03
- 9Sciarrino: Arioso a 511:04
Info for Sciarrino: Chamber Music
A contemporary-specialist Italian chamber collective makes a striking debut album with a 75th-birthday tribute to one of Italian new music’s most enduringly provocative figures.
Born in 1947, Salvatore Sciarrino has been delighting and perplexing his audiences, often at the same time, ever since the mid-60s, though his reputation has long since spread beyond European avant-garde circles, particularly with the opera Luci miei tradici and its stagings in Brussels, New York, Salzburg and Berlin.
The basic premises of Sciarrino’s language explore the limits of perception, the borderline between sound and silence, and the abstraction of gestures and forms from the tonal contexts that supply them. ‘I don't write music, I write a psychological experience,’ Sciarrino he declared, and his output certainly resists description or classification except insofar as it takes its place in a grand tradition of Italian postwar experimentalists in the laboratory of sound, headed by figures as diverse as Luciano Berio and Luigi Nono.
Even at the level of his works for orchestra and the stage, Sciarrino writes with an immediacy and intimacy of expression which finds its natural home in the kind of chamber ensemble works recorded here. Scored for flute, guitar, bass clarinet and violin, the album’s title work dates from 1986 and lives up to its title by discovering how many shades of sound can be found near the border with silence, a sonic analogue to a Rothko painting or an Agnes Martin drawing.
Vagabonde blu makes full use of the accordion’s potential to set weightless and ceaseless waves of sound in motion. By contrast, the scoring of alto flute, cor anglais and bass flute makes Muro d’orizzonte a study in furtive attacks and explosions. The most recent work is Alba meònia from 2020, receiving its first recording on this album, and scattering its timbres across a still wider soundscape through the diverse scoring for flute, violin and guitar.
Somehow Sciarrino finds a way to make every one of his chosen instruments sound new, as though it was made for him – such as the marimba’s inquisitive rattle and plink in Il legno e la parola (2004): he makes the instrument speak. Ending by contrast with the sinuous Arioso a 5, this album is a beautifully curated tribute to one of Italy’s most original living composers.
Ensemble Opificio Sonoro
Marco Momi, conductor
is a collective of musicians sharing the same cultural curiosity and passion in experiencing innovative programs.
OS is a creative space where different artistic areas meet, interact and explore playing possibilities.
OS is a multi-faceted entity proposing diagonal listening pathways, compared to the traditional classical music programming; ranging from early to contemporary music, from historical instruments to electronics.
OS wants to return the strength of contemporary meaning persisting in all-time masterpieces, proposing original narratives and adventurous paths of the listening always from the “sound experience” high communicative value.
The events signed by OS are characterized by a variety of timbre (from solo performer pieces to ensemble ones) and by a rich combination of different voices (from the recited words to the amplified acoustical sounds).
OS is a laboratory of the creative programming. OS hosts brave artists believing in the invention as an imperative for the society. OS elaborates visions alongside them and curates programs full of the energy of ideas.