Ansamblul Hyperion conducerea muzicală: Iancu Dumitrescu

'Ansamblul Hyperion conducerea muzicală: Iancu Dumitrescu' front coverAnsamblul Hyperion LP side 1Ansamblul Hyperion LP side 2'Ansamblul Hyperion conducerea muzicală: Iancu Dumitrescu' liner notes

  1. Iancu Dumitrescu ‘Movemur Et Sumus II + V’
    pentru violoncel, contrabas şi percuţie (13:35)
  2. Octavian Nemescu ‘Combinaţii în Cercuri’
    pentru ansamblu de cameră şi mediu electronic (11:52)
  3. Ştefan Niculescu ‘Sincronie’
    pentru ansamblu de cameră (9:10)
  4. Corneliu Cezar ‘Rota’
    pentru ansamblu de cameră şi mediu electronic (12:27)

Total time 47:02
LP released by Electrecord, Bucarest, Romania, 1980

Formed in 1976 by industrious Romanian composer Iancu Dumitrescu, Ansamblul Hyperion (Hyperion Ensemble) was to be the vector of his Spectral music experiments until today, more than 30 years later. This fine LP, possibly the first to showcase the Ensemble’s remarkable skills, introduces some Hyperion associate composers as well, in various offerings of orchestral music, with added electronic on 2 tracks. For Romanian composers, moving easily from chamber music to electronic, from symphonic to vocal and everything in between, is a specific national trait. The first electroacoustic studio in Romania was created in Bucarest in 1967 by Iancu Dumitrescu, Dinu Petrescu and Dan Mercureanu. The former himself is a brilliant composer in all music genres, as his solo discography on Edition Modern amply demonstrates. He conducts the Ansamblul Hyperion on 4 beautiful compositions, representative of the Romanian national style: clarity of writing inspired by French classical music, bold orchestral gestures familiar from the Darmstadt school, plus unusual instrumental combinations where the orchestra sounds, at times, like a solo instrument and later on, the solo instrument sounds like an entire orchestra. To my knowledge, this LP has not been reissued on CD, but Muzică Românească, the online archive for Romanian contemporary music, offers hundreds of mp3s for free download. One hour worth of Corneliu Cezar‘s music (including the resplendent ‘Rota’, from the present LP) and more than 4 hours of Octavian Nemescu are available as high quality mp3s here and here.


11 Responses to “Ansamblul Hyperion conducerea muzicală: Iancu Dumitrescu”

  1. 1 Lucky August 15, 2009 at 9:52 am

    continuo – i hate to flood you with comments, but it would be a true shame if nobody would reply to this! dumitrescu’s music frightens me, in the best sense of the word. grazie.

  2. 2 continuo August 15, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    Well, this is mid-August and, very understandably, blog readers deserve some holidays from the heavy barrage of experimental music posts they are exposed to the rest of the year. No holidays for you, Lucky?

  3. 4 Lucky August 15, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    “holidays” isn’t in my vocabulary, but i’ve heard that the rest of mankind enjoy them. not me, though – i’m lucky with my lot, and love to work. “holidays” to me seems like a bad excuse to be more a bit more lazy than the rest of the year – poor fellas. :)

    you’ll see how over-enthusiastic the comments get here, when the sunburned masses flow back to their screens…

  4. 5 continuo August 15, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    To Twinkle: I’m a regular visitor.
    To Lucky: I can’t wait.

  5. 6 Lucky August 16, 2009 at 12:49 am

    continuo – i listened to this this afternoon, and i’m “floored”, like the native english speakers say – this is wonderful, the best “classical” record i heard for a LONG time, certainly one of the best in general. what i heard from dumetrescu was far more noisy, cacophonic and bruitistic than this. but this has such a wide range, every composition spreads in completely other territories – and i love ALL of them, even the electronic piece, which i often stay away from.

    for this you can have all knizacs back – this moves me emotionally, whereas knizac is a cute fluxus thing (my opinion, continuo, my opinion!).


  6. 7 continuo August 16, 2009 at 8:28 am

    Glad you enjoyed this wonderful disc. I guess Romanian composers can reconcile anyone with contemporary music. There’s more Electrecord pressings to come on this blog and . . . more Knížák as well, I’m afraid.

  7. 8 s. borges September 4, 2009 at 2:37 am

    Man, what can I say? This is one of the most impressive, fascinating music sites I have yet to stumble upon – absolute brilliant!

    The only criticism is the file sharing – unfortunately, it is quit limited and very difficult to download – is it possible to upload this some other way? Maybe using Mininova or Pirate Bay?

  8. 9 continuo September 4, 2009 at 6:35 am

    Sharebee is the best I can do. Thanks for your comment.

  9. 10 kolya September 18, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    hi, thank you for putting this up, but the link to the archive doesn’t seem to work, or at least I can’t see any music files there, it seems to redirect me to a general page about romanian culture, do you have another link for this?

  10. 11 continuo September 18, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    Hi Kolya, the link works fine. Just click on Download.

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