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Music from the Ether: Original Works for Theremin

Mode, Released 1999

Featured Artists: Joseph Schillinger :: Friedrich Wilckens :: Percy Grainger :: Bohuslav Martinu :: Isidor Achron :: Lydia Kavina :: Jorge Antunes :: Vladimir Komarov :: Joshua Pierce :: Elizabeth Parcells :: Carol Eaton Elowe :: Kristen Fox :: Joshua Pierce :: Elizabeth Parcells ::
Track Listing:
Joseph Schillinger: Melody
Joseph Schillinger: Mouvement Žlectrique et pathŽtique
Friedrich Wilckens: Dance in the Moon
Percy Grainger: Free Music #1 for four theremins
Bohuslav Martinu: Fantasia
Isidor Achron: Improvisation
Lydia Kavina: Suite - 1. Andante
Lydia Kavina: Suite - 2. Moderato
Lydia Kavina: Suite - 3. Lento
Lydia Kavina: In Whims of the Wind
Jorge Antunes: Mixolydia Jorge Antunes
Vladimir Komarov: Voice of Theremin

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Lydia Kavina is undoubtedly the best thereminist playing today; she's the inventor's last protge (as well as being the granddaughter of his cousin) and her range on the instrument is unparalleled.

Here, she tackles the body of work made specifically for the instrument from the likes of Joseph Schillinger, Bohuslav Martinu, Percy Grainger, Isidor Achron, and a handful of contemporary composers. Percy Grainger's "Free Music No. 1" for four theremins eerily defies the bounds of written composition (Kavina plays all four theremin roles); Kavina's own Suite is an impressive showpiece of the instrument's range; and Vladimir Komarov's tape-and-theremin piece "Voice of Theremin" is built entirely of passages from the instrument and the voice of Theremin himself, all processed through a computer with stunning results.

Martinu's Fantasia for Theremin, Oboe, Piano, and Strings is the disc's pice de resistance : a 14-minute composition which integrates the ethereal voice of the theremin with the wonderful playing of the Portland String Quartet to stunning effect. For the classical fan who has everything, this disc may be the perfect gift.



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