Nothing moves fast in the work of the French composer Eliane Radigue
Her pieces unfold very gradually, their beautiful sustained surfaces illuminating the smallest details and subtle shifts in timbre. After spending a number of decades working almost exclusively with the Arp synthesizer and magnetic tape, she turned to writing for acoustic instruments in 2001. Her series of instrumental and ensemble pieces called ‘Occam’ – after the theory of philosopher William of Ockham that the simplest option is always the best – are written for specific performers and are communicated verbally to the players; there are no written scores.
This programme of her work featured three musicians who all played the pieces that were written for them.
Angharad Davies (violin)
Julia Eckhardt (viola)
Dominic Lash (double bass)
Eliane Radigue: Occam IV
Eliane Radigue: Occam XVII
Eliane Radigue: Occam XXI
Eliane Radigue: Occam River XV
Part of a programme of events hosted by composer, Laurence Crane.