|Oliver Knussen||Ocean de terre|
|George Friedrich Haas||Haas Solstices|
‘Haas’ intricate web of sonorities is astonishing…the detail and range of effects produced by the Riot Ensemble players was by turns entrancing, nerve-racking and highly seductive.’ The Times, Neil Fisher
Performed from memory in over 75 minutes of complete darkness, Georg Friedrich Haas’ Solstices is a mammoth experience of tuning, listening and beauty.
Here, it is prefaced with a tribute to Oliver Knussen in his short, early (1972-73), and under-performed Océan de Terre which echoes Haas’ work in its dedication to long harmonic notes, which Knussen described as ‘closing imperceptibly, like a fan.’