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Cristóbal Halffter: Homo Electricus
This CD features three large works for ensemble and electronics composed by Cristóbal Hallfter in the 1960 and 70s. "Planto por las víctimas de la violencia" (1970/71), for chamber ensemble (3 fl, 3 ob, 3 kl, 4 perc., pno, string quartet) and live-electronics, is the foundational piece of the Experimentalstudio of the Heinrich-Strobel-Stiftung. "Planto" is also the first composition to use the HA-LA-PHON, a pioneering spatialisation device that—together with a series of further analogue sound transformation prototypes—was purposely developed by Hans Peter Haller and Peter Lawo for this piece. The CD is rounded out by "Lineas y Puntos" (1966/67), for wind ensemble and tape (the latter produced at the research Institute for Sonology, Den Haag), and "Variaciones por la resonancia de un grito" (1976/77), for 11 instruments (3 kl, 3 tb, 3vc, pno, cemb, elec. org.), tape and live-electronics (Heinrich-Strobel-Stiftung). "Planto" and "Variaciones" are the result of a critical study of the electronic part that I undertook with a view of staging historically informed performances of those pieces. "Planto" and "Variaciones" were recorded live in the Teatro del Canal, Madrid, in 2010 to commemorate Cristóbal Halffter's 80th anniversary.