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  • Horatiu Radulescu - Before The Universe Was Born

    29:12

    op 89 - 5th string quartet
    Asasello Quartett

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  • Horațiu Rădulescu - Intimate Rituals

    51:03

    00:00 Das Andere, Op. 49
    18:07 Agnus Dei, Op. 84
    27:19 Lux Animae II, Op. 97
    33:56 Intimate Rituals XI, Op. 63

    Conductor, Composed By – Horatiu Radulescu
    Engineer – François Eckert
    Viola, Coordinator – Vincent Royer
    Viola – Gérard Caussé (2)
    Piano (Sound Icon) – Petra Junken, Horatiu Radulescu (4)

    Recorded at the Temple du Bon Secours, Paris, 2005.
    The Sound Icon is a concert grand piano vertically placed and played with bows.

    From 12 page booklet:
    In 2003, I composed Intimate Rituals XI (a work for viola) using the tape of the pre-recorded sound icons with a viola in a spectral scordatura, a very special tuning-chord; the open strings simulate the 3rd, 4th, 13th and 20th harmonics of an F monesis, giving C half-sharp, F half-sharp, a slightly lower D, and A half-sharp. With this scordatura you have also the presence of the 7th harmonic in the air; the 3rd and 4th harmonics in sum give 7, and the 13th and 20th harmonics in difference also give 7. So the 7th is there too, in the subconscious, even though it is not directly present. The piece is dedicated to Vincent Royer; it was composed in Clarens / Montreux, in 2003 and premiered by him in Chicago. The timing is very strict; the techniques are those already known from Das Andere and Lux Animae but otherwise activated; the macro-form is also directed by the Fibonacci proportions. The viola is in a constant dialogue with the sound icons (I don't like to think of the piece as viola and tape; ideally the sound icons would be live). The viola and the sound icons are dependent on each other, sometimes crossing, sometimes not. There are very intense moments as the sound icons describe a high register climax at the Golden Section; the viola attains its highest sounds there too and then decays, very strangely, reaching again in the low the richest timbres. Intimate Rituals are very private, maybe even erotic, situations. From the original recording of the sound icons in the Lucero studio in Versailles in 1986 to the premiere of Intimate Rituals XI with the viola in 2003 is a big span of 17 years, but the same atmosphere should be achieved, a sort of spiritual intimacy.

    Horatiu Radulescu, Amsterdam

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  • Great Composers: Horațiu Rădulescu

    5:20

    A look at the first spectralist.

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  • Horaţiu Rădulescu - The Quest

    51:41

    piano concerto
    unknown performers

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  • Horațiu Rădulescu - Piano Sonatas & String Quartets 1

    1:1:42

    The first recordings of String Quartet No.5 and Piano Sonata No.5.

    Piano Sonatas recorded at Glenn Gould Studio, Toronto, Canada on 20 April 2012.
    String Quartet recorded at The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York on 9 December 2011.

    00:00 Piano Sonata No. 2, Op. 82: Immanence
    07:42 Piano Sonata No. 2, Op. 82: Byzantine Bells
    11:13 Piano Sonata No. 2, Op. 82: Joy
    13:50 String Quartet No. 5, Op. 89: Before the Universe Was Born
    43:10 Piano Sonata No. 5, Op. 106: The Path Into the Light Seems Dark
    54:07 Piano Sonata No. 5, Op. 106: Darkness Within Darkness / The Gateway to All Understanding
    57:10 Piano Sonata No. 5, Op. 106: Use Your Own Light / And Return to the Source of Light / This Is Called Practicing Eternity

  • Horațiu Rădulescu ~ Capricorns Nostalgic Crickets II

    17:45

    Capricorn's Nostalgic Crickets II
    Horațiu Rădulescu
    (1980)

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  • Horațiu Rădulescu - Streichquartett Nr. 4, Opus 33

    49:06

  • Horațiu Rădulescu ~ Sensual Sky

    20:57

    Sensual Sky
    Horațiu Rădulescu
    (1985)
    ....For 9 musicians and tape....

  • Horațiu Rădulescu - Clepsydra

    24:24

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  • Horatiu Radulescu - Das Andere

    18:12

    Vincent Royer

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  • Horațiu Rădulescu ~ Piano Sonata No. 4

    15:34

    Piano Sonata No. 4 - op. 92
    Horațiu Rădulescu

  • Metaludios, Book 2: No. 4, Hommage à Horațiu Rădulescu

    2:25

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    Metaludios, Book 2: No. 4, Hommage à Horațiu Rădulescu · Gustavo Díaz Jerez

    Gustavo Díaz-Jerez: Metaludios, Books 1-3

    ℗ 2019 IBS Classical

    Released on: 2019-01-18

    Artist: Gustavo Díaz Jerez
    Composer: Gustavo Díaz Jerez

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  • Horatiu Radulescu - Complete String Quartets

    3:9:44

    0'00- 14'40: Ist String Quartet - INTROITO, RICERCARE, SUONARE, op. 4 (Bucuresti 1968);
    14'40- 30'32: IInd String Quartet - VIES POUR LES CIEUX INTERROMPUS, op. 6 (Bucuresti 1966/Paris 1971);
    30'32 - 1°27'13: IIIrd String Quartet - I H I 19-IV [‘AI HAI NAIN ‘TI:N ‘FO:], op. 19.4 (Paris 1972);
    1°27'13 - 2°16'16: IVth String Quartet - INFINITE TO BE CANNOT BE INFINITE, INFINITE ANTI-BE COULD BE INFINITE, op. 33 (Paris 1976- Versailles 1987);
    2°16'16- 2°44'45: Vth String Quartet - BEFORE THE UNIVERSE WAS BORN, op. 89 (Freiburg 1990/95);
    2°44'45 - 3°09'43: VIth String Quartet - PRACTICING ETERNITY, op. 91 (Freiburg 1992).

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  • Horatiu Radulescu: String Quartet No. 5 before the universe was born

    29:42

    The JACK Quartet performs the United States premiere of Horatiu Radulescu's String Quartet No. 5 before the universe was born as part of its February 14, 2011 performance on Monday Evening Concerts at Zipper Concert Hall in Los Angeles, CA. For more information, visit

  • Horațiu Rădulescu - Agnus Dei, Opus 84

    9:13

  • Horatiu Radulescu - Being and non-being create each other

    7:19

  • Horaţiu Rădulescu ~ Das Andere

    18:08

    Das Andere - Op. 49
    Horaţiu Rădulescu
    (1983)

  • Radulescu - Capricorns Nostalgic Crickets

    19:32

    Horatiu Radulescu's Capricon's Nostalgic Crickets is a work for seven identical woodwinds, realized here for clarinets (both acoustic and electronically modulated) and noise track(s). The score is a closed square on which each voice has a different starting point, and unfolds as 96 unique sound events: a PULSE-TIDE of MUSIC and SILENCE.

  • Horatiu Radulescu - OCCULT PULSES, op. 111

    41:43

    Music for Global Sound Sources
    Hyperion Ensemble Bucharest
    Conductors: Ana Maria Avram & Iancu Dumitrescu
    World premiere: 14 september 2007
    Sieberfest - Sibiu European Capital of Culture 2007

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  • Horaţiu Rădulescu - Astray

    22:53

    for solo saxophone(s) and sound icon.

    ASTRAY op. 50 for Double Duo was composed for the Roma Villa Medici Musica Festival where it premiered in 1984. The score consists of 81 paintings using symbols from ancient languages. These 81 micro-music entities were photographed and projected as slides during the performance. In addition to its ancient alphabet symbol, each image contains precise indications for the two players: the saxophone player performs on six saxophones (bass, baritone, tenor, alto, soprano, sopranino) which hang from a frame, the other player performs on a Sound Icon.
    This duo plays simultaneously with another identical duo. Both duos perform the same score, but at different speeds. The first duo performs the score twice: slowly at first, faster the succeeding time the second duo performs the score once during the same time span very slowly.

    1st Duo A'---------------*-----A''--------*
    2nd Duo A'''-----------------------*--------

    It should be noted that each (4 of the 81 micro-music entities (the chain of those three aspects of the same score: (A', A, A') appears at three different moments of the macro-music and develops its own inner life within three different times. The golden number (0.618034/1.00) - sectio aurea - determines all of these time proportions.
    This macro-formal process affects our subconscious, often creating a sensation of remembrance or premonition merging into a magic trance. The ancient symbols are mnemotechnical indications for the specific performance technique required for each micro-music. Their colors indicate the six registers (from low to high: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet).
    These special techniques of sound production reinforce the spectral energy (variable distribution) of each event or chain of events (spectral pulse). Four simultaneous levels of perceptual speed occur; MMT - macro-macro time of the 22'45macro-form tension; mMT - micromacro time as pulse of the 3 x 81 micromusic entities, each of which lasting between 5 and 34; MmT - macro-micro time of the rhythm produced by the actual onsets, and mmT - micro-micro time, intrinsic rhythm of the sound material up to
    333 timbral transformations per second, contributing to the spectral enhancement
    of each event.
    All sounds notated in the score are performed live and are not electronically modulated. The cause (sound source) and the effect (sound parameters) are rendered unrecognizable by the special techniques of sound production.
    In this particular studio recording, the two duos were recorded in playback with Daniel Kientzy and the composer. For a concert performance, 4 to 7 players are required (the Sound lcons (3 & 2) require 5 players); the two duos are disposed around the audience. The score, projected from slides, contributes to the visual environrnent.
    - Horaţiu Rădulescu

    THE SOUND ICON: a grand piano laying vertically on its side, with the strings
    played by bowing.

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  • Horaţiu Rădulescu: The Origin  ホラチウ・ラドゥレスク《オリジン》

    6:58



    Horaţiu Rădulescu: The Origin for one pecussionist with two bass drums (1997)
    Tokyo Gen'On Project
    Yoshiko Kanda (percussion)
    July 14, 2016 at Hokutopia Tsutsuji Hall
    video by Ten Goto

    ホラチウ・ラドゥレスク《オリジン》2台のバスドラムと1人の打楽器奏者のための(1997)
    東京現音計画
    神田佳子(打楽器)
    2016.7.14 北とぴあ つつじホール
    撮影・編集:後藤天

  • Subconscious Wave, Op. 58

    13:03

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    Subconscious Wave, Op. 58 · Sam Cave

    Refracted Resonance: Contemporary Music for Guitar

    ℗ 2019 Metier

    Released on: 2019-04-19

    Artist: Horaţiu Rădulescu
    Artist: Sam Cave
    Composer: Horaţiu Rădulescu

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  • Horaţiu Rădulescu ~ The Quest

    51:38

    The Quest (piano concerto)
    Horaţiu Rădulescu
    (1996)


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  • Horatiu Radulescu - String Quartet No.6 Practicing Eternity

    24:56

  • Lux Animae opus 97

    6:38

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    Lux Animae opus 97 · Horatiu Radulescu

    Intimate Rituals

    ℗ Sub Rosa

    Released on: 2007-03-30

    Composer: Horatiu Radulescu

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  • Radulescu, being and non-being create each other Part 1/2)

    7:18

    Lao tsu sonatas, 2nd piano sonata op. 82 (1991)
    I. Immanence

  • Horatiu Radulescu - Complete Organ Works

    32:03

    0'00 - 13'47: Christe Eleison, op. 69, (Speyer, 1986);
    13'47 - 26'07: Amen, op. 88, (Versailles/Freiburg, 1993-94);
    26'07 - 32'02: You-Tree Kalotrope, op. 57/104, (1984/2006).

    Organ: Christoph Maria Moosmann

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  • Horaţiu Rădulescu - Astray

    22:49

    Astray, for double duo, op. 50 (1983)

    Horaţiu Rădulescu , piano [sound icon]
    Daniel Kientzy, sopranino saxophone, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, bass saxophone

    Astray was composed for the Roma Villa Medici Musica Festival where it premiered in 1984. The score consists of 81 paintings using symbols from ancient languages. These 81 micro-music entities were photographed and projected as slides during the performance. In addition to its ancient alphabet symbol, each image contains precise indications for the two players: the saxophone player performs on six saxophones (bass, barytone, tenor, alto, soprano, sopranino) which hang from a frame, the other player performs on a Sound Icon [a grand piano laying vertically on its side, with the strings played by bowing.]

    This duo plays simultaneously with another identical duo. Both duos perform the same score, but at different speeds. The first duo performs the score twice: slowly at first, faster the succeeding time the second duo performs the score once during the same time span very slowly.

    All sounds notated in the score are performed live and are not electronically modulated. The cause (sound source) and the effect (sound parameters) are rendered unrecognizable by the special techniques of sound production.

    In this particular studio recording, the two duos were recorded in playback with Daniel Kientzy and the composer. For a concert performance, 4 to 7 players are required (The Sound lcons (3 & 2) require 5 players); the two duos are disposed around the audience. The score, projected from slides, contributes to the visual environment. --Horaţiu Rădulescu

    Art by Miriam Aroeste

  • Intimate Rituals opus 63

    17:06

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    Intimate Rituals opus 63 · Horatiu Radulescu

    Intimate Rituals

    ℗ Sub Rosa

    Released on: 2007-03-30

    Composer: Horatiu Radulescu

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  • Either/Or: Horatiu Radulescu - Lexil intérieur mvt. 3

    3:41

    E/O @ Park Avenue Church
    Richard Carrick, piano; Alex Waterman, cello
    Radulescu Portrait

  • Horatiu Radulescu - Cradle to abysses op. 5

    9:24

    Silvia Belfiore, piano
    SWF recording

  • Horaţiu Rădulescu - Dizzy Divinity I

    13:15

    Dizzy Divinity I, for flute alone: grand, alto, bass, baroque, shakuhachi (1985)

    Pierre-Yves Artaud, flute

    The smallest and most variable intervals are reached through fingering-changes. The very large intervals are obtained through tremendous dynamics as if there were other polyphonic voices, as a sensation of remembrance of communication at distance (telepathy).

    A great majority of the sounds is describing a big crescendo after the initial marcato pp, without any portamento or vibrato.

    Secretely, now and then, the voice (singing possibly in falsetto) is polyphonizing with the flute, beginning always in unison with the flute but keeping this unique sound (tenuto) during the 5-10 next flute pitches.

    On the longer sound appear yellow tremoli (morse - like signals due to different fingerings on the same note), irregular, slow or fast, as palpitating sound-stars.

    The emphasized dynamic of certain pitches is bringing in evidence an F-spectrum (harmonic 6th to 23rd).

    The whole melopee gives through its pitch instability the impression of a neo-byzantin style of cadences with micro-intervals of a great intrinsic force, with full and passionate sounds which help both performer and audience reach a special state of soul, that of the title.

    During the global legatissimo the sudden fingering-changes produce timbre transformations at least in the second formant of the spectrum, the new fingering always arriving on the crescendo climax of the previous sound! The spectral-matter, the spectral content of each pitch is instantaneously cut, interrupted by the new fingering as if it was a danse of timbre-columns. This danse should enter a sort of polyphony - conceptually and aurally - with the horizontal danse of the micro-dynamic sharps.

    The performer must try to controll and render independant (by shifting them) these two danses: the vertical of pitches/timbres and the horizontal one of dynamics.

    This opus 59 was premiered 1985 in Rome by Pierre-Yves Artaud to whom it is dedicated. Scelsi found it was containing une énorme tristesse.

    Art by Joaquín Torres García

  • Horaţiu Rădulescu - Frenetico il longing di amare

    24:30

  • Horatiu Radulescu - CREDO, op.10

    55:55

    Credo op.10 (Paris, 1969/1976) for nine celli

    This was Radulescu’s first spectral score. The idea for Credo came to him while he was still in Romania, but the idea was worked out after his arrival in Paris and revised in 1976. He made a further version of the work, Ultimo Credo, in Freiburg in 1995. The performance here, from the Saarbrücken Festival in 1979, may have been the world premiere.

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  • Horaţiu Rădulescu - Iubiri for 16 instrumentalists

    46:11

  • Either/Or: Horatiu Radulescu - Exil intérieur 1st movement

    12:41

    E/O @ Park Avenue Christian Church
    Richard Carrick, piano; Alex Waterman, cello
    Either/Or Radulescu Portrait
    1/28/2012

    This is the first movement of a 30 minute four movement cello sonata from 1997.


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  • Horaţiu Rădulescu ~ Inner Time II

    56:04

    Inner Time II - op 42 Homage to Calder
    Horatiu Radulescu
    ....For 7 Bb clarinets....

  • Horatiu Radulescu - Complete Double Bass Solo Works

    42:34

    0'00 - 8'33: Azzuro Profondo Dello Sguardo, op. 78, for double bass solo (Versailles 1993/Montreux 2002);
    8'33 - 21'21: Das Andere, op. 49, for double bass solo tuned in perfect fifths (Avoriaz/Versailles 1983);
    21'21 - 42'33: Ys Valley, op. 35b, for double bass solo, with 3 to 12 prerecorded double basses (1982);

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  • Das Andere 1984 Horatiu Radulescu b. 1942

    5:56

    Vincent Royer, viola, gives the West Coast Premiere of Das Andere.
    Live performance recorded on December 3, 2007 at Zipper Concert Hall at the Colburn School in Los Angeles as part of the Monday Evening Concerts. More information at

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    Video Director: Ross Karre

  • Horatiu Radulescu: Subconscious Wave

    13:25

    Horatiu Radulescu: Subconscious Wave
    Mak Grgic, Guitar

  • Horatiu Radulescu - Doïna

    1:41

  • Horațiu Rădulescu - II. And Embrace Death With Your Whole Heart

    6:52

    You Will Endure Forever - Piano Sonata No. 3, Op. 86

  • Either/Or: Horatiu Radulescu - Lexil intérieur mvt. 4

    4:55

    E/O @ Park Avenue Church
    Richard Carrick, piano; Alex Waterman, cello
    Radulescu Portrait

  • Horatiu Radulescu, Das Andere op.49 for viola solo

    19:01

    Hommage a Horatiu Radulescu
    Samstag, 23.03.2013, Kolumba - Kunstmuseum des Erzbistums Köln
    Viola: Vincent Roye

  • Radulescu, being and non-being create each other Part 2/2)

    6:22

    II. Byzantine Bells
    III. Joy

  • Horatiu Radulescu: Ys Valley

    21:10

    Horatiu Radulescu: Ys Valley
    Kyle Motl: contrabass & tape realisation

    Solo bass and 6 pre-recorded basses

    Concert September 22 at UC San Diego

    kylemotl.com

  • SPECTRUM XXI: David Shively - The Origin

    8:20

    Recorded live on November 4, 2015 at the Athenaeum, Chamber Music Hall in Bucharest, Romania.

    9th Spectrum XXI Festival: Sonic Trans-Fusions

    Horațiu Rădulescu - The Origin


  • Horatiu Radulescu, before the universe was born

    30:11

    Im Kolumbamuseum Köln spielte das Asasello Quartett das String Quartet No.5 des verstorbenen Komponisten Horatiu Radulescu.

  • Mode 313: Radulescu Edition Vol. 2: Intimate Rituals III, op.63

    4:46

    Christophe Maria Moosmann, organ


    ALL FIRST RECORDINGS!

    Mode’s Radulescu Edition, curated with Radulescu’s widow Catherine Marie Tunnell and his publisher Lucero Press, continues with a collection of his works for organ and works with cello.

    Radulescu’s complete organ works are performed here by Christoph Maria Moosmann, a long-time Radulescu collaborator with a great understanding of Radulescu’s music and goals. Some of the works were written for or dedicated to him.

    Further definitive recordings are guaranteed by performances from cellist Catherine Marie Tunnell, Radulescu’s widow and the director of Lucero Press.

    The organ and its interaction with its acoustic environment compliments Radulescu’s “spectral music” palette and what he referred to as “sound plasma”— a special state of sound beyond equal temperament.

    Intimate Rituals III is presented in its version for cello and
    “sound icons.” During 1965-69, Radulescu had transformed his Bösendorfer grand piano into a kind of harp, putting it vertically on its side and without cover, naming it sound icon. The strings are tuned spectrally, played with a V-form bow of horse hair or with other objects like coins, spheres etc. (The keyboard is not used at all). Due to the special tuning and the bowing technique, if one just touches a string all other strings begin to resonate, creating a rich harmonic halo around each sound. In 1985 Radulescu, together with Petra Junken, recorded two improvisations, each of them on two sound icons. The superimposition of those tapes is used here to accompany Tunnell’s cello.

    Liner notes by Shushan Hyusnunts and Christoph Maria Moosmann.

  • Das Andere 1984 Horatiu Radulescu b. 1942

    6:28

    Vincent Royer, viola, gives the West Coast Premiere of Das Andere.
    Live performance recorded on December 3, 2007 at Zipper Concert Hall at the Colburn School in Los Angeles as part of the Monday Evening Concerts. More information at

    Cameramen: Ross Karre and Jordan Albert
    Video Director: Ross Karre

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