La Terre est un Homme
Olivia Robinson soprano - Jennifer Adams-Barbaro soprano
Cherith Millburn-Fryer alto
ensemble recherche EXAUDI - James Weeks conductor
BBC Symphony Orchestra - Martyn Brabbins conductor
Brian Ferneyhough (b. 1943) is widely recognized as one of today's foremost living composers. Since the mid-1970s, when he first gained widespread international recognition, his music has earned him a reputation as one of the most influential creative personalities and significant musical thinkers on the contemporary scene.
The monolithic La Terre est un Homme, with its 4-foot-tall score and written for an orchestra of eighty-eight, each of whom at times becomes a soloist with their own individual stave, caused a scandal at its 1979 premiere and has scarcely been heard since. The title comes from a painting from 1942 by Roberto Matta, which reminded Ferneyhough of a dream he had experienced.
I dreamt of a strange and alien planet traversed by a pitilessly hot sun. It was basically a desert landscape. The remarkable thing was, I seemed to be seeing every single grain of sand separately, not only in its spatial dimensions but also - somehow - in its individual weight. All was in slow, ineluctable motion. Between sharply contoured rocks scuttled tiny, scorpion-like creatures. One senses the extreme complexity but inevitability of this strange combination of leaden, slowly-moving sand and sudden flashes of intensely coloured movement.
01. Liber Scintillarum 19'02
02. Plötzlichkeit 22'22
03. I Kyrie 1'56
04. II Gloria 3'34
05. III Sanctus 2'27
06. IV Benedictus 2'22
07. V Agnus Dei 2'53
08. La Terre est un Homme 13'04
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