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thu 5 dec 2013 16:00 
Composers: Alvin Lucier | Glenn Branca

Experimental orchestral

The allure of the ‘great’ symphony orchestra is irresistable. Every composer is drawn to it sooner or later. Ambitious symphonies or orchestral escapades impress, and the many possibilities of what can be done with sound are breathtaking. Even hardened, solitary, experimental composers hazard a try at it and manage to prize off orchestra commissions.
This Theme broadcast features some resounding examples, including Phill Niblock, Hermann Nitsch, Glenn Branca and Alvin Lucier, of whom recent orchestra recordings are played.
 
1. Alvin Lucier: ‘Diamonds for 1, 2 or 3 Orchestras’ (1999), for three orchestras, on ‘Alvin Lucier – Orchestra Works’.
Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra led by Christian Arming, Petr Kotik and Zsolt Nagy.
New World Records 80755-2 CD
2. Glenn Branca: ‘Freeform’ (second part ‘Symphony no. 7’, 1989) on Glenn Branca – Symphony no. 9’
Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra led by Christian von Borries.
Point 446-505-2 CD
3. Glenn Branca: ‘Third Movement’ from ‘The World Upside Down’ (a ballet for orchestra, 1990) on ‘The World Upside Down’.
The New York Chamber Sinfonia led by Glen Cortese.
Les Disques du Crépuscule TWI 960-2 CD
4. Alvin Lucier: ‘Exploration of the House’ (2005) for orchestra + playback, on ‘Alvin Lucier – Orchestra Works’.
Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra led by Petr Kotik.
New World Records 80755-2 CD
5. Hermann Nitsch: first part from ‘Sinfonie IX: Die Ägyptische’ (2009).
European Philharmonic Orchestra led by Peter Jan Marthé.
Gramola 98880/81 2CD
6. Phill Niblock: ‘Disseminate Ostrava’ (1998) on ‘Phill Niblock – Disseminate Ostrava etc.’.
Ensemble OCNM with members of Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra led by Petr Kotik.
Mode 131 CD

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