Review of Resonance by Daniel Lippel, Focus Recording, 2004
Synchronisms #10 For Guitar And Electronic Sounds Mario Davidovsky (b. 1934)
01 Synchronisms #10 For Guitar And Electronic Sounds 9:42
La Folia Variants Nils Vigeland (b. 1950)
02 I. Cadenza 2:36
03 II. Sonata 5:36
04 III. Dances 7:28
05 Shard Elliott Carter (b. 1908) 2:52
06 Garak Soonjung Suh (b. 1971) 6:18
Meditation Judah E. Adashi (b. 1975)
07 I. Requiem: For Fallen Angels 4:30
08 II. Paris: Wanderjahr Revisited 3:21
09 The Stranger: Cosmic Loneliness 2:38
10 Ricochet Peter Gilbert (b. 1975) 10:50
Resonance. Such a beautiful word. In physics, resonance is a phenomenon in which a vibrating system or external force drives another system to oscillate with greater amplitude at specific frequencies. Frequencies at which the response amplitude is a relative maximum are known as the system’s resonant frequencies or resonance frequencies. At resonant frequencies, small periodic driving forces have the ability to produce large amplitude oscillations, due to the storage of vibrational energy.
Acoustic resonance is a phenomenon where acoustic systems amplify sound waves whose frequency matches one of its own natural frequencies of vibration. Acoustic resonance is an important consideration for instrument builders, as most acoustic instruments use resonators, such as the strings and body of a violin, the length of tube in a flute, and the shape of, and tension on, a drum membrane.
What kind of resoance we have in this record? Music resonance! The resonance between an interpreter, a composer, an instrument and an audience. The resonance between the contemporaneity and the emotions that flow from a music, from the fingers of his interpreter playing in solo, in great intimacy but with great strenght too. The resonance between the solo works by Carter, Adashi, Vigeland, and Suh that are placed next to electro-acoustic pieces by Davidovsky and Gilbert , with the use the electronic element to extend the guitar’s acoustic and expressive range.
“Resonance is an exploration of several contemporary works for classical guitar that grapple with the instrument’s greatest weakness, its small voice and quick decay, which is the flip side of its greatest strength, its intimacy.”
Resonance is a great record.