26 April 2011

Jiří Stivín - Zvěrokruh / Zodiac (Supraphon 1977)

From orginal LP sleevenote:

On this latest record, Jiří Stivín presents his musical ideas in a way completely different from entirely spontaneous character of his previous LP's. The usual pulsation of the rhythm section with bass and drums are absent here, while - for instance - the ostinato figures of the vocal chorus and the classical string quartet are the prime bearers of metro-rhythmic texture. In both cases, Stivín is assisted by leading ensembles from the realm of classical music: the Kühn Mixed Chorus and the Talich Quartet, the latter boasting fresh laurels of the Grand Prix of Charles Cross for its recording of Dvořák's string quartets for French Calliope company. Actually, since the dissolution of the Stivín & Dašek System Tandem, Stivín has been increasingly presenting himself to the public as a performer of baroque and contemporary concert music. Many of the stimuli he has thus absorbed have - transformed in an original manner - found their way into music of Zodiac, a striking contrast to prevailingly kaleidoscopic character of the standard way of playing jazz. Here one should seek the origin of Stivín's striving for a more coherent design of the album's musical canvas in the form of two four-movement cycles and a long final composition as a summing up.


01 Živly / Elements
    1 Oheň / Fire 5:01
    2 Voda / Water 4:13
    3 Vzduch / Air 7:05
    4 Země / Earth 4:50

02 Nálady / Moods
    1 Flegmatici / Phlegmatics 4:34
    2 Sangvinici / Sanguinics 1:40
    3 Melancholici / Melancholics 3:55
    4 Cholerici / Cholerics 2:41

03 Zvěrokruh / Zodiac 8:29

Jiří Stivín - flute, alto flute, recorders, whistles, alto & baritone saxes, panpipes, bottles, electric bass, marimba, drums, percussion, voice
Gabriel Jonáš - piano, electric piano, harpsichord

Kühn Mixed Choir, Pavel Kühn - chorus master
Talich String Quartet (in Moods and Zodiac)

Recoded October 1976 and mixed January 1977 at Mozarteum Studio, Prague
Produced by Antonín Matzner

Supraphon 1977, Artia 1979, CD Bonton Music 1997 (OOP)


miloo2 said...


i cannot actually do scans of booklet, so here are sleevenotes in txt - http://www.multiupload.com/3U1Q7QRKRU

onxidlib said...

Thank you very much - I'm eager to here this "new directions" from Jiri Stivin!

Anonymous said...

Thank you!

miloo2 said...

Anyway, Onxidlib - I am thinking if it would be better if you will post System Tandem vinyl trasfer instead of my cd rip - depends on quality of your analog to digital transfering tool, it may sound better than cd version from 14 years ago... I can provide sleevenotes then.

onxidlib said...

I have a really good sound-card and the rest is - I assume - good enough.
See/hear my previous post where I made the rip...

I'll post "System Tandem" on Supraphon during the next weeks.

akaboshi14 said...

Could you re-up this?

Miloš Latislav said...

here it is @ ulozto.net

Guitarradeplastico,scraping oddities said...

Many thanks