comme si l’hydrogène… the desert speaks… Vivienne Spiteri

Cover art: Sergeij Bryl (1971)

Vivienne Spiteri, harpsichord

  • J&W
  • JETW 931 / 1992
  • Total duration: 67:23

comme si l’hydrogène… the desert speaks…

Vivienne Spiteri

In the press

Electric Harpsichord

James Baiye, Paris Transatlantic, January 1, 1994

For sheer excitement, try a midi harpsichord toccata on for size. Vivienne Spiteri, harpsichordist extraordinaire, has produced a phenomenal disc of aggressive and insightful new electroacoustic music for an old instrument. For fans of mechanistic music, David Keane’s Turbo Toccata will be a sure hit. Others will find fulfillment in the classicism of Bruce Pennycook’s “The Desert Speaks.” The harpsichord has always lent itself to virtuosity, and Spiteri capitalizes on this: The energy level is high on this disk - the tension never lets up. One highlight is the amplified breathing down your neck of the hair-raising “jardin secret ii,” (secret garden ii) for tape and harpsichord, by Kaija Saariaho. As the liner note says, “au diable le conformisme!” (To hell with conformity!).

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