Ceccarelli, Isaiah / Bréviaire D'épuisements
Album: Bréviaire D'épuisements   Collection:Classical
Artist:Ceccarelli, Isaiah   Added:Feb 2011
Label:Actuelle Cd  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2011-04-17 Pull Date: 2011-06-19 Charts: Classical/Experimental
Week Ending: Jun 19 May 22 May 8 May 1
Airplays: 1 1 2 1

Recent Airplay
1. Jun 18, 2011: Music Casserole
La Disparition Est Un Mur De Plus
4. May 03, 2011: Bisous Bijoux, 2eme partie
Suite: J’Existe De Moins En Moins
2. May 21, 2011: Music Casserole
Solo (Iv)
5. Apr 30, 2011: Music Casserole
La Disparition Est Un Mur De Plus
3. May 06, 2011: gilt

Album Review
Be Sharp
Reviewed 2011-04-07
I've wondered at times why KZSU bins classical and experimental music together. Here's a record that shows why that's right.

Composer / percussionist Isaiah Ceccarelli has created a mixture of avant-garde classical, strange noise, and perhaps a bit of jazz. These pieces are orchestrated for two female singers, two bass clarinets, a string bass, and percussion.

No FCC issues.

The 4 tracks named “Solo” are experimental noise (bass clarinets, string bass, and various sounds).
1. Solo (I). Continuous low-pitch drone. Perhaps rotating machinery. Clanging steel on steel. Impression: the monotony and oppressiveness of factory work. (5:52)
4. Solo (II) High-pitch sounds. Metal parts rubbing or scraping, rather than clanging as before. Squealing. Impression: “discord” (2:32)
9. Solo (III) The metal parts are now being sawn. Impression: “tension” (5:26)
12. Solo (IV) Loud bursts of noise between quiet pauses. Add percussion, as though the machines’ vibration is now rattling those metal parts (the cymbals & drums). Impression: “cacophony” (8:37)

The 5 tracks named “Suite” (plus two others) are song settings of French poems.
2. A solo vocalist leaps from note to note, like a student’s interval exercise. (1:20)
3. Two singers and instruments. S-L-O-W. Vox parts are close together and dissonant. (2:44)
5. More of a classical song. Separate soprano & alto parts. A bit more melodic. (1:04)
6. Mid tempo. Jazz-like pizzicato bass solo. (1:47)
8. Melodic, not as harshly avant-garde. Nice soprano & alto vocal parts, accompanied by breathy drone on one bass clarinet. (0:57)
10. * Quite likeable. Two voices and two bass clarinets (that sound like cellos). (3:55)
11. Striking contrast to 10. Vocal slides & leaps. Bass clarinet honks. (7:34)
13. A capella voices. Slow, somber, somewhat spiritual, a bit like a prayer in a mass, (6:51)

One track stands apart.
7. * Genius, madness, or both? Classical, jazz, or both? Two bass clarinets dance around each other like shapes in a Disney “Fantasia” scene. (2:08)

Track Listing
1. Solo (I)   7. Intermède
2. Suite: Ne Suis Pas Encore   8. Suite: L'Arrivée À La Perte
3. Suite: J'Écris Ça   9. Solo (III)
4. Solo (II)   10. La Disparition Est Un Mur De Plus
5. Suite: Le Poème Je Veux Le Vivre   11. Notes Pour Une Lettre Remise À Plus Tard
6. Suite: J'Existe De Moins En Moins   12. Solo (IV)
  13. Suite: Ô Folie Cher Poème