Album Review

Bussotti, Sylvano – “Brutto, Ignudo” – [Amirani Records/Amirani Contemporary]

Naysayer   12/9/2015   A Library, CD

Sylvano Bussotti is an Italian artist of renaissance proportions whose work includes music composition, dance, theater, poetry, stage production, novels, etc. Audacious, outspoken, always challenging the audience, Bussotti was embraced (or not) for his outrageous style as witnessed in his personal music notation, which look like art pieces by themselves. This cd, “Brutto, Ignudo” is a collection of some of his key pieces, interspersed with Bussotti discussing or describing the piece and incidents around it. Alternating between clarinet piece and piono piece, the sounds are so distinctly mid to late 20th century. You can hear the sound of experimentation and the thrill of it. Bussotti’s musical notations were anything but traditional. Sometimes in shapes, removing the staff, these are pieces meant for interpretation by the performer. The clarinet bounces up and down, sounds coming out high and low, played for long periods or quick bursts and everything in between. The piano pieces are gorgeous explorations of the whole keyboard, with an interesting play on time: moments of silence exist, sometimes longer than usual, but then returning to bursts of sound. This is an excellent high brow addition to our collection.

you heard it 15 times on kfjc! most recently:
  • 941 days ago, Naysayer played Variazione Berio di clarinetti (2001-02)
  • 2218 days ago, Hemroid the Leader played Solo from "La Passion Selon Sade" (1965)
  • 2381 days ago, Cousin Mary played Solo from "La Passion Selon Sade" (1965)
  • 2390 days ago, Naysayer played Variazione Berio di clarinetti (2001-02)
  • 2391 days ago, Herbert West played Bussotti on "Solo, Boulez and Stockhausen"
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