Lars-Gunnar Bodin: Clouds

Lars-Gunnar Bodin

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Lars-Gunnar Bodin: Clouds Review

by Stephen Eddins

Swedish composer Lars-Gunnar Bodin came into prominence in the 1960s, particularly for his electro-acoustic music and for his development of sound-text compositions. This CD includes excerpts from one of his major works, Clouds (1972-1976), a full-evening composition for three women's voices, narrators, electro-acoustics, dancers, and film projections. Bodin's music has immediate appeal; his electronics are evocative and delicate, and in combination with the voices, create beguiling and atmospheric harmonies. Described as a music drama, Clouds is non-narrative and depends for its effectiveness on its intricate and diaphanous textural permutations. The overly loud voices of the narrators come across as rude interruptions to the flow of the music, and in a selection of excerpts such as this, would probably have best been omitted. The vocal soloists perform their lyrical but rhythmically complex parts with delicacy and grace.

For Jon II (1986) and Syner (Visions, 1973), a piece of musique concrète built from natural sounds recorded in Iceland, both generate some intriguing sonorities, but are musically less engaging than Clouds. There is some very low-level tape noise, but the recording captures the compositions' broad range of dynamics.

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