Dinu Petrescu; Ciclul „COSMOFONIE” +Creel Pone
CP 235 CD
The second title in Creel Pone's 23x survey of Romanian Early Electronic Music, offering both pieces from the lone Electrecord LP by Composer Dinu Petrescu, along with a composition from one of the many Corul Madrigal offerings, here conducted by Marin Constantin.
"Space Doina", or possibly "Doina Space (1978)", "music for symphony orchestra, mixed choir, children's choir, synthesizer, magnetic tape and electronic modulation" starts off with a gaseous drone of distant reverberance, segueing cleanly into the sort of free clang/clatter & errant electronics one would expect from a contemporaneous Stockhausen piece, and yet the instrumentation & general sensibility is unmistakably Eastern European, with a series of flute & electronic codas that remind heavily of Artemiev's score to Stalker.
"Continuum II (1980)", "music for mixed chamber choir, percussion, synthesizer, magnetic tape and electronic modulation" progresses at a far more glacial pace, gradually growing in energy & number into a series of sliding-scale vocal & electronic cadences that are both otherworldly & grounded in massed group dynamics.
The original LP issue is abetted by a separate, extended Petrescu piece, Continuum I (1979)", which is a direct precedent in that the Composer utilizes "11 choral groups (expressing the word "Continuum" in 11 languages), two percussion groups, and an electronic device aimed at modulating and unifying these two contrasting sources of sounds"; the effect is singularly heavy, full of bombast.
Among the recent, late-stage Creel Pone activities, I'm enjoying this series the most, which has opened up this particularly insular area of Early Electronic Music to those interested in exploring it further. Plenty more to come in future batches...