Patrice Sciortino – Le Vitrail Eparpillé

Patrice Sciortino - Le Vitrail Eparpillé LP front cover
Patrice Sciortino - Le Vitrail Eparpillé LP back cover
Patrice Sciortino - Le Vitrail Eparpillé LP side A

This disc was Patrice Sciortino‘s 2nd album after Les Cyclopes, 1967, posted earlier on the blog. Though he is better known today for his library LPs, Sciortino was first a contemporary music composer and Le Vitrail Eparpillé definitely belongs to the latter category. The LP’s title means “chattered stained glass”, as if the composer wanted to break down some icons with his music. The album’s concept is a collection of short piano tracks played by the composer on 3 pianos with the technique of re-recording. The idea was perhaps to recreate the complexity of Serial music… without the strain! The pianist eschews facile deluge of notes and virtuosity in favor of dense piano textures with firm melodic lines, omnipresent rhythm parts and delicate arpeggi populating the acoustic space. The tracks are lively piano Etudes occupying a territory between Charles Valentin Alkan’s obsessive archaism and the profuse creativity of Villa Lobos’ Rudepoema (1926). Also worth mentioning regarding the mix of the 3 pianos, is the fact one piano is usually down-mixed in the background to add relief to the music.

01 Sidéralement (1:55)
02 Cyclonement (2:52)
03 Incendiairement (3:39)
04 Luminairement (3:14)
05 Aqualement (2:07)
06 Cantilènement (2:34)
07 Machinement (2:33)
08 Obstinalement (2:36)
09 Pluvialement (2:55)
10 Gestuellement (3:04)
11 Choralement (3:05)
12 Multiplement (2:19)
13 Vulcanement (2:54)
14 Percussivement (2:38)

Total time 38:30
LP released by Mondiodis, France, 1976


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6 Responses to “Patrice Sciortino – Le Vitrail Eparpillé”

  1. 1 Carl Howard January 21, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    I love love LOVE Patrice Sciortino.

  2. 2 newname January 21, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    I have this album, but anyway, thank you! Always my pleasure to see some of Sciortino’s albums.Great composer and great ripped.

    Thanks C. :))

  3. 3 Joaquín Mendoza Sebastián January 22, 2011 at 6:48 am

    Great album! great composer indeed

    I think I’m becoming addicted to your blog!!!

    Thanks for the music


  4. 4 continuo January 22, 2011 at 8:44 am

    Thank you all for your comments. Maybe we should also mention the music on this disc is highly listenable and ear-pleasing – unlike some of Boulez’ or Stockhausen’s own piano sonatas.

  5. 5 CONTROLLED MIND October 13, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    any case chance to re upa ALL patrice sciortino download you have on blog?
    all deposit files and medaiafire are down closed.

    thanks so much from italia


  6. 6 Carlos June 28, 2013 at 8:45 am

    Oh no! Any remote chance of seeing these files again? Thanks

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