Piano Sonata no. 1 op. 5 by Horatio Radulescu

“Radulescu’s compositional aim, as outlined in his book Sound Plasma (1975) was to bypass the historical categories of monody, polyphony and heterophony and to create musical textures with all elements in a constant flux. With new harmonic formats, a new phenomenological vocabulary of music is achieved that evolves far beyond its historical language” – what he once called, “stardust poetry.” Many of Radulescu’s later works derive their poetic inspiration from the Tao te ching of Lao-tzu, especially in the 1988 English version by Stephen Mitchell: the titles of his second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth piano sonatas, and of the fifth and sixth string quartets, are taken from this source. The piano sonatas, as well as his Piano Concerto The Quest (1996) and other later works, make use of folk melodies from his native Romania, integrating these with his spectral techniques” (excerpted from horatiuradulescu.com/biography.html).

Stephen Clarke has performed in festivals in Europe, Canada, the U.S., South America and China, including the Donaueschinger Musiktage and the Berliner Festwochen. He has appeared as soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of the S.E.M. Ensemble, New Music Concerts (Toronto), Esprit Orchestra and the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. In 2011 Stephen played at the Museo Casa Scelsi in Rome at the invitation of the Fondazione Scelsi. He has played in a duo with violinist Marc Sabat, worked with a number of ensembles and is the pianist with Arraymusic. He currently works as an accompanist at the University of Toronto.

Solo recordings include first recordings of works by Giacinto Scelsi (Mode Records), Udo Kasemets (hatHut), Marc Sabat (World Edition) and Horatiu Radulescu (Mode).

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