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A Colone
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The text for A Colone (1977) is taken from Sophocles’ Oedipus at Colonus. Xenakis wrote that ‘the melodic lines unite with the speech modulation of that period [the fifth century BC] while respecting the long and short values’. This is a work based on the desire to recreate the ancient style of speech patterns and perhaps also the ceremonial performance atmosphere generated by a restrained, almost chanting choir. A Colone is entirely non-combative, with a clear triumphal opening in which the instrumental and vocal forces are briefly but forcefully contrasted with texture. There is no contest, the phrasing is stately; the choir, sometimes with short solos, dominates the instrumental texture which frequently comments, sometimes lends support, and occasionally adds sinew to the musculature of a monumental statue.

from notes by Nouritza Matossian © 1998

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDA66980 track 1
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-97-98001
Duration
9'47
Recording date
25 July 1997
Recording venue
St Silas the Martyr, Kentish Town, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Gary Cole
Recording engineer
Gary Cole
Hyperion usage
  1. Xenakis: Choral Music (CDA66980)
    Disc 1 Track 1
    Release date: February 1998
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