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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDA67328
Recording details: October 2001
Henry Wood Hall, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Jeremy Hayes
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: May 2002
Total duration: 3 minutes 59 seconds

Visions, Op 111
composer

Adagio  [1'45]
Allegro  [2'14]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Alexandrov was only able to finish two of the projected Visions, a cycle of seven pieces; when he composed them in 1979 he was already in his ninety-first year – they eventually appeared posthumously in 1988. Aimlessly repeated polymodal figurations, sudden hymnic flights and pale chains of chords merge here in a disturbing late style that, though standing completely outside other developments in the history of music, possesses without doubt great visionary power. That Alexandrov was able, at such a great age and after decades of artistic stagnation, to draw inspiration from such secretly slumbering sources, is astonishing evidence of his musical greatness which he had obscured and almost destroyed through a multitude of educational pieces, children’s songs, naïve folksong arrangements and light film music.

from notes by Christoph Flamm © 2002
English: Roland Smithers

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