“George Crumb, disco esaltante per i suoi 90 anni. Registrazione esaltante con il soprano Maria Elena Romanazzi e la pianista Raffaella Ronchi, di due raccolte vocali, “Three Early Songs” (1947), “Apparition” su testi di Walt Whitman (1979) e di una per tastiera “Macrokosmos II”, sui segni zodiacali (1973).”
Gregorio Moppi, La Repubblica
SUGGESTIONS IN PROGRESS
George Crumb, with his visionary and imaginative, mystical and contemplative music, has always fascinated us. CRUMB PORTRAIT recording project started as a collaboration, a singer and a pianist, two music performers. In July 2018 we recorded for Ema Records a monographic CD by the American composer, which contains three of his most important works: Makrokosmos II, Apparition e Three Early Songs.
The study, together with his writings, and the discovery of the infinite shadings of timbre contained in it led us to think that this music is a very rich source of suggestions. Geroge Crumb’s music is wonderfully transcribed and spatialised on paper, it is a work of visual art. Thanks to the friendship with the action painter Cinzia Fiaschi his project is enriched by the encounter of his music with pictorial art. Cinzia agrees to paint a canvas inspired by the Appartition cycle and it is from her pictorial inspiration that the cover of the CD comes.
Simultaneously, in summer we got to know the Ottopiuotto Creative Studio, an agency specialised in graphics and videomaking. They liked our project and produced an animated video clip, highlighting once more the visionary potential that Crumb’s music generates.
CRUMB PORTRAIT is a dialogue with the music of George Crumb, begun in the loneliness of the studio and gradually involving a growing number of artists. A dialogue in absence of gravitational force. It remains an open project, indeed we do not know what else it will reserve us. However, we hope that our work can contribute to the spread of music and poetry of this great master of our time.