Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra/Barry Guy/Edwin Morgan - Schweben
- Stewart Smith
- 18 December 2012
Celebration of Russian Futurist poet Vladimir Mayakovsky's radical vision
With his brilliant Scots translations of the Russian Futurist poet Vladimir Mayakovsky, Edwin Morgan sought to bring the spirit of the pre-war avant-garde to 1960s Scotland. Barry Guy and GIO celebrate his radical vision, using Mayakovsky’s Futurist manifesto ‘Ay, But Can Ye?’ and Kandisky’s paintings as inspiration for a long piece showing the orchestra’s full range. Flautist Matthew Studdert-Kennedy delivers gasping, overblown reveilles, while squarblesome horns evoke the clank-hiss-boom of the new age of industry. Fragments of the poem are scattered throughout by vocal artists Aileen Campbell and Nicola MacDonald, their fervent declarations pushing the Orchestra to a clamorous peak.
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