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Original Works for Theremin (Download)
The Complete Album, via Digital Download
Mode, Released 1999Featured Artists: Lidia Kavina ::
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Lydia Kavina is undoubtedly the best thereminist playing today; she's the inventor's last protégée (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 pièce 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.
Tagged: Lydia Kavina Bohuslav Martinu Joseph Schillinger Percy Grainger
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