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Dacapo - The National Music Anthology of Denmark

Format:  CD

Catalogue Number:  8.226100

Barcode:  636943610022

Release month:  Jan 2010

Period:  Late 20th Century, Late 20th Century, 21st Century


Per Nørgård: A Light Hour

01 September 2010  American Record Guide
Barry Kilpatrick

When Per Norgard conceived A Light Hour in 1986, it was entirely improvised. In 2008, he and Ivan Hansen developed it into a fully composed and notated work. Each of its four movements has a basic character, and although a single tempo prevails almost from beginning to end, energy levels and subdivisions of the beat come and go.

I is slow and steady, with deep-sounding drums and ringing metallic instruments. II has fast subdivisions, an Afro-Cuban feel, and a much higher energy level, along with more varied percussion sounds. A different, often quirky set of instruments is heard in an Asian-tinged III, and Balinese sounds predominate in IV.

If you enjoy long, slow-to-unfold Balinese gamelan or minimalist pieces like Riley's In C or Reich's Music for 18 Musicians, you will enjoy this.

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