Matra, a cantata written by Oscar Bianchi for vocal ensemble, instrumental ensemble, three soloists, and electronics
based on texts from the Vigyana Bhairava Tantra, manuscripts from the Nag Hammadi library, and De Rerum Natura (On the Nature of Things) by Lucretius.
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Suzie Fröhlich: Peatzold (contrabass) recorder
Rico Gübler: tubax (contrabass saxophone)
Michael Schmid: bass flute
Georges-Elie Octors, conductor
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This section of the site is focused on a musical work that we would like you to discover, listen to, and possibly purchase online: Matra by Oscar Bianchi.
Ictus is launching a virtual audio collection, available exclusively online. This system provides for a wider variety of formats (in a traditional CD, the music's duration is fairly standardized, which is often inconsistent with the actual reality of the creative process) and assigns an online listening and reading platform to each one of its productions. You may consult a score, watch a video documentary, and listen to the entire work before purchasing it.
Each feature is accessible to all; there is no need to register. Note, however, that Matra is heard here via the Soundcloud site, and the quality is inferior to the high-resolution audio file on sale at the iStore.
MATRA_ A few years before joining forces with Joël Pommerat to work on his first opera, Thanks to my Eyes — which received critical acclaim by audiences and critics alike in Aix-en-Provence in 2011 — Oscar Bianchi (b. 1975) put pen to paper in creation of this very ambitious work. It tests the potential of an amplified instrumental ensemble reinforced in its lower registers, while creating an ornamental and effervescent phrasing that would later become a hallmark of his vocal writing. Completed in 2007, this roughly 34-minute-long cantata is brimming with burning passion. Written for three low-register instruments, vocal ensemble, instrumental ensemble, and electronics, the work already has successfully toured Europe (Strasbourg, Stuttgart, Brussels). Recorded live during that tour, the present remixed and re-mastered version was made available to the public in January 2012.
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