40 Years Of IRCAM At The Centre Georges Pompidou
19:55Alberto Posadas: La Lumière Du Noir, by the Ensemble Intercontemporain directed by Duncan Ward
14:27Tomas Luis De Victoria: Tenebrae Responsories, by the Exaudi vocal ensemble
33:00Alberto Posadas: Tenebrae, by the Ensemble Intercontemporain and the Exaudi vocal ensemble directed by Duncan Ward
Polyphonic performance spanning the ages
The Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM) is a French institute of science that focuses on alternative music and sound and avant-garde electro-acoustical art music. The Georges Pompidou Centre hosts the concert celebrating forty years of the institute. It features one new work and a second recent work by Spanish composer Alberto Posadas. These compositions explore themes at the very core of the IRCAM’s raison d’être - contemporary acoustical polyphonic music.
The concert begins with Posadas’s new piece, La Lumière du Noir, which demonstrates the considerable skills of timing and delicacy of the Ensemble Linea. Next, we cast our minds back to the Renaissance period and hear Tenebrae Responsories by Tomas Luis de Victoria, which shows us the roots of polyphonic scoring. Finally, we hear a contemporary response to de Victoria, also by Posadas. This piece demands the most careful listening to hear the melodic echoes of Renaissance work in his dissonant piece.