Demetrio Stratos

Concerto all'Elfo

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This final live recording, from a show in 1978, the year before Stratos died, is a stunning example of how far he had taken the explorations begun on Metrodora and Cantare la Voce. The nearly 19-minute version of "Diplofonia, Triplofonia, Investigazioni" comes out of the ether and soars beyond all record versions. The voice is no longer merely an instrument here; it is the font of expression itself, unbound by any earthly convention or discipline. In fact, there are no boundaries, all is inseparable in the grain of that expression; all drama, silence, matter, spirit, desire, and profane reckoning flow from Stratos as if he were channeling the sonic architecture of the universe for all to hear. In "Temo Popolare," the voice "sings" as if it were singing the voice, not a song. Lyric, utterance, glottal imprint, and disclosure cease to mean anything in that they are no longer separate, but all attached to the whole -- not as parts, but as unidentifiable aspects of the universe of sound. Finally, on "Canto Dei Pastori," the voice itself ceases to be anything but the expandable nature of silence as it utters its discontent with itself, and its union with the vibration of sonic utterance in tonalities singular and plural, interchangeable and inseparable. This, indeed, is the sound of music in as pure a form as we are ever likely to encounter it.

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