AN UTOPIAN MUSICAL JOURNEY THROUGH YOUR SOUL 'La Lontananza'
with acoustical and electronic music by the Schreck Ensemble.
On the SACD/CD two works are combined from successful productions of the Schreck Ensemble: from the project Ascolta Luigi Nono's brilliant La lontananza nostalgica utopica futura and from our magical chamber opera Nuctemeron, based on an ancient text or the Greek philosopher/alchemist Apollonius Tyaneus, the concert version of this music.
The philosophical reflections in La Lontananza and Nuctemeron offer the listener a musical journey through a breathtaking and ethereal tone and sound scenery.
The album is released by 'Sub Rosa' (Brussels, Belgium), a label
specialized in contemporary music, and it will be distributed
The works are on the repertoire of the Schreck Ensemble, the only
Dutch ensemble that performs the experimental La lontananza nostalgica
Of all the great composers who determined the course of contemporary
music after 1950, Luigi Nono was one of the two (Stockhausen being the
other) that used electronics extensively in his works. This not only
means that a majority of these works require live electronics or tapes
during the performance, but that it also has become a determining
"Electronic sound transformation, timbral distribution and time
spaces does not mean the rigidity of the electronically extended sound,
but the personal interpretation, a very important point for Nono."
(Hans-Peter Haller, Diary note 3.9.84). (1)
'La Lontananza Nostalgica Utopica Futura' (1988/1989) is a
composition for solo violin and 8 sound tracks. Written by Luigi Nono
(1924 - 1990), an avant-gardistic composer of electronic and acoustical
music, for the renowned violinist Gidon Kremer.
The composition leads the listener to an utopian world full of ethereal and dramatic sounds.
Tiziana Pintus was thanks to her Italian background able to interpret Nono's entries in his handwritten score .
Thus invaluable information for a faithful rendering of this
composition was gathered. Tiziana Pintus and Hans van Eck have been
working closely together for many years, and you can hear that in their
perfect interaction in this performance.
The press on the Schreck Ensemble:
... The music of Nono demands the utmost concentration of the musicians
and a good sense of timing in a slow dramatic rhythm. The members of the
Schreck-ensemble are handling this very well ...
... also because of the exemplary way the technicians of the Schreck
-ensemble play along with the music behind their mixing desks .... (Emile Wennekes in NRC Handelsblad)
... an impressive concert by the Schreck Ensemble...dedicated to
Nono ... (Rene van Peer in Brabants Dagblad)
'Nuctemeron' is a hermetic-alchemistic chamber opera
(2000/2005) based on a text of the neoplatonist Apollonius of Tyana.
Hans van Eck composed the music and Arie van Schutterhoef created video
art. Nuctemeron describes in a powerful and ornate style, the
transfiguration of the human soul in a cycle of twelve hours. Short
aphorisms, that penetrate deep into the essence of every step taken.
Especially for 'Nuctemeron' the stratifier has been designed, a multi dimensional instrument with a spectacular sound.
In 2008 composer Hans van Eck created a shorter concert version for the standard scoring of the Schreck Ensemble:
vioce, violin, (bass-, alto-. b-flat-) clarinet, sound tracks and live-electronics.
Van Eck has not only learned a lot about the art of
combining acoustical and electronic sounds [from Luigi Nono], as well
as from Ton Bruynel, but also created his own interesting style.
The great gain of this release .... is that after the
death of Bruynel the Netherlands has again gained a fascinating
composer in a genre that deserves much more attention.
(Emanuel Overbeeke in Luister 690 - 2013)