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The remit of the Concrescence Project, run under Lasse Thoresen at the Norwegian Academy of Music, is to explore the syncretism of western classical singing with vernacular vocal traditions from Scandinavia and the ‘spectral’ morphology of contemporary French music. Thoresen’s Mythes Étoilés justifies ten years of exploration, a haunting, fugitive piece in three sections built around texts by composer Giacinto Scelsi, a major influence on the ‘spectral’ approach. Text is always present and discernible, but morphed into extraordinary harmonic shapes and clusters. The other triumph here is the rescue of György Ligeti’s Lux aeterna from Kubrick’s 2001, an occasional use so overdetermining we’ve almost forgotten what a sublime piece of 20th-century art it is. The singing, here and elsewhere, is sublime in an hour-plus of (inter-)stellar music.

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