Radigue / eer1




OCCAM I   for harp (29 :14)
OCCAM III   for birbyne (16 :31)
OCCAM IV   for viola (21 :11)
OCCAM RIVER I   for birbyne and viola (14 :19)
OCCAM DELTA II   for bass clarinet, viola and harp (25 :03)

Carol Robinson – birbyne and bass clarinet
Julia Eckhardt – viola
Rhodri Davies – harp

Double CD

shiiin eer 1 (2017)


Kate Molleson
The Guardian – October 26, 2017

ultra-slow, ephemeral and virtuosic, 5 / 5 stars

Éliane Radigue spent most of her career taming synthesiser feedback into exquisite astral sounds. Her pieces lasted for hours: grand vistas that unfolded with monumental slow grace. Now she’s into her 80s and writing her ultra-slow music for acoustic instruments, working on a roaming series of solo and ensemble pieces called Occam after the theory of philosopher William of Ockham that the simplest option is always the best. There are no scores, only verbal instructions, and nothing can move fast, so Radigue is very particular about which musicians she’ll trust to take her ethos seriously. The three featured on this album are the very best: harpist Rhodri Davies, violist Julia Eckhardt and clarinettist Carol Robinson, all stunningly adept at summoning those ephemeral overtones and partials, all masters of what Radigue calls “the virtuosity of absolute control”.