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Eliasson: Fogliame

Magazine article Gramophone

Eliasson: Fogliame

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Eliasson

Fogliame. Notturno. Senza risposte. Trio Norrbotten NEO

BIS (F) [SACD], BIS2270 (68' * DDD/DSD)

Like his geographical neighbour Per Norgard, Anders Eliasson hit upon a harmonic formula early in his career that freed him to create music of high concentration from limited material, a trope in Scandinavian music if ever there was one. Again, that process of self-discipline induced music that can be rampantly imaginative while remaining taut and discernible.

Without studying these works in detail, my ears tell me something of that formula is at play in three of the four single-movement works here. Notturno for bass clarinet, cello and piano frustrates and trolls its own sense of lyricism. 'Something of the night' comes, perhaps, as the bass clarinet insists on playing high up where its tone is more mellow than that of a standard clarinet, and also given the music's inability to render the material clearly even if the musical process is impeccably clear.

That sense of lyricism is more unfettered in Senza risposte, perhaps a busy, urban vision of a woodland idyll for flute, violin, cello and piano. …

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