Canti del Capricorno
Venti canti per voce femminile o voce con strumento(i)
Michiko Hirayama: voice, gong, recorder / Ulrich Krieger: saxophone / Matthias Bauer: double bass / Jürgen Grözinger: percussion / Roland Neffe: percussion
Michiko Hirayama inspired Giacinto Scelsi to write his twenty-part cycle "Canti del Capricorno" between 1962 and 1972. To this day the Japanese singer (b. 1923) is a unique performer of this spiritual yet energy-filled work for solo voice, with instrumental accompaniment for certain songs: Scelsi’s notes in his own hand in the score; that is her treasure, when she comes to Ulm in May 2006 to give a concert in the series neue musik im stadthaus. Michiko Hirayama is a vocal power station; she is once again very young. On this WERGO CD, it has been recorded: a document of lived, immediate music. This is to be her legacy, she says openly.
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