01/01/1974 - La Rochelle (France), Festival - Ensemble l'Itinéraire, Boris de Vinogradov (conductor)
Appels (1974) brings together eleven musicians: single wind instruments (excepting the tuba), piano, 2 drummers and a double bass. The horn, "often used in music to express calling out afar prayer and call" is in the foreground. Besides, each wind instrument makes a snare drum vibrate in sympathy ("music on second thoughts or music of music"). A very metaphor of human breath the "instrumental sound and vibration" couple is then mixed and redistributed in the hall. Since a "call is an opening par excellence" and "requires an open form", the composer revives this latter notion: disregarding temporal dynamics (time becomes static) he makes a wonderful display of space. Twenty years hence, the raucous incantations of Appels sound even more ecstatically grave.
Franck Langlois (CD aeon)
1 CD aeon, AE0104, Par-delà
Appels - Les Réciproques - Voix dans un vaisseau d'airain - Diaclases - Par-delà
Ensemble L'Itinéraire, Groupe Vocal de France, Just'à 5, Orchestre SWF de Baden-Baden
Michaël Levinas studied piano, piano accompaniment, orchestra conducting and composing at CNSM de Paris. He met Yvonne Loriod who got him immediately in Olivier Messiaen's famous class of composing, developed also his piano repertoire.
At the end of his studies, trained by these two great personalities, [...]