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A joyous testament to Luc Ferrari’s groundbreaking electro-acoustic vision, ‘…Et Après’ combines two unreleased albums of his compositions for Ensemble Laborintus in one of the year’s finest experimental chamber music releases.
Scaling pinnacles of the late, great French composer’s latter years, Planam highlight a trio of Ferrari’s works written for Ensemble Laborintus, including an airing of their final, unreleased work together for the first time, plus two realisations of ‘Tautologos III’ featuring the voice of Brunhild Ferrari, and new versions of ‘À la recherché du rhythm perdu. It’s a real tour de force of Ferrari’s craft, manifesting his omnipoetic, dilated musical imagination across 86 minutes of incredibly beguiling and wondrous flights between dreamlike chamber music and richly atmospheric concrète.
Ensemble Laborintus worked closely with Luc Ferrari during 2003-04 and. ‘…Et Après’ presents for the first time their final collaboration with Ferrari has been released; a dizzyingly joyful play of ascendent harps and clattering percussion whose feet barely touch the floor. Together with the jazzier angularity of ‘Arezzo’, the the cascade of Alice Coltrane-like strings and airborne drums in their performance of ‘À la recherché du rythme perdu’, and Hélène Breschand’s wilder palate cleanser tribute ‘L’, the ensemble’s grasp of Ferrari’s uniquely democratic vision most vividly captures and gives life to his timeless energy.
The album is completed with another perspective on ‘À la recherché du rythme perdu’, galvanising its searching nature with the plasmic, wandering electronics of eRikm, another longtime acolyte of Ferrari, here duetting with Hélène Breschand’s harp to exemplify the mutability of Ferrari’s composition with a truly spellbinding conception of gyring physics and tension between the concrète and ephemeral that once again unleashes the energies of Ferrari’s work in magnificent, worthy style.