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Mary Finsterer: Altered States

Digital Audio Album

Mary Finsterer: Altered States / music by Mary Finsterer ; performed by Various Artists.

Featured Australian works

  Work Composer PerformersDuration
Achos (1999) for large chamber ensemble Mary Finsterer Le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne 8 mins, 44 sec.
Catch (1992) — trios: clarinet, saxophone, piano Mary Finsterer Sydney Alpha Ensemble 7 mins, 16 sec.
Constans (1995) for large jazz ensemble Mary Finsterer Australian Art Orchestra 19 mins, 41 sec.
Ether (1998) for amplified solo flute
Mary Finsterer Geoffrey Collins 9 mins, 18 sec.
Kurz (2000) — quartets: clarinet, piano, viola, cello Mary Finsterer Perihelion 3 mins, 18 sec.
Nextwave fanfare (1992) per orchestra Mary Finsterer Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Gunther Schuller 3 mins, 12 sec.
Nyx (1996) concerto grosso for trio and orchestra Mary Finsterer Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble 11 mins, 51 sec.
Omaggio alla Pietà (1993) — sextets: 2 sopranos, mezzo-soprano, 2 basses, double bass, percussion
Mary Finsterer The Song Company, Roland Peelman 5 mins, 16 sec.
Pascal's sphere (2000) for chamber orchestra Mary Finsterer Le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne 20 mins, 29 sec.
Ruisselant (1991) for chamber orchestra Mary Finsterer Le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne 14 mins, 19 sec.
Sequi (2001) for string quartet
Mary Finsterer Arditti Quartet 14 mins, 31 sec.
Sleep (2002) for electroacoustic Mary Finsterer 22 mins, 36 sec.
Tract (1993) for cello solo Mary Finsterer David Pereira 6 mins, 2 sec.

Product details

ABC Classic is pleased to announce the digital re-issue of these world premiere recordings, which have been unavailable for many years. A broad survey of Mary Finsterer's music from the first phase of her career, between the symphonic work Nextwave Fanfare, commissioned by the ABC in 1992, through the daunting complexity of Cōnstāns, written for the Australian Art Orchestra (1995), to the ethereal Ether for solo flute (1998) and the electro-acoustic soundscape of Sleep (2002). This is unabashedly full-on, at times even hyperactive music that dazzles and exhilarates, exploring extremes of extended instrumental techniques in an engulfing music experience.

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