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VOIX VOILÉES (Veiled Voices) : spectral piano music

Marilyn Nonken is without doubt one of the leading exponents of modern piano music, and also Director of Piano Studies at New York University's Steinhardt School. She has a particular affinity with the spectral school of music, as exemplified in her previous CD of the works of Tristan Murail (92097) - Metier's best seller. This sequel features a major (half-hour-long) work by another of the founding generation of spectral music, Hugues Dufourt, and awesome pieces by young American composer Joshua Fineberg.

As part of our planned programmes of musical information we will soon have available a video in which Marilyn Nonken talks about the making of this CD and about spectral music.

"an absolutely essential piano disc" - Fanfare

CD DURATION:  73.07  

AUDIO SAMPLE: "Replique" from Fantastic Zoology






Hugues Dufourt:
Joshua Fineberg:
Fantastic Zoology
Till Human Voices Wake Us

review extracts: for full reviews click here

“Marilyn Nonken is a persuasive advocate for spectral music ... [she] has followed her outstanding 2CD set of Murail's complete piano music with [this disc]. Dense, mercilessly virtuosic writing ... Nonken handles the incremental tension superbly.” - Graham Lock (International Piano)

“This [new CD] features compositions by Joshua Fineberg and Hugues Dufourt and answers the question 'Can one still write for the piano today?' with a resounding yes.” - ‘Pliable' (

“Music of constantly morphing repetitions, often on a vast scale. Phrases, gestural blocks, and entire contours recur with the naturalness of an emergent spring or an oncoming snowstorm. There is not a pianist playing today who can bring more subtlety and energy to the music of Fineberg and Dufourt than does Marilyn Nonken. Her voicings are exquisite, her pedaling throughout is a model to be studied, and, when necessary, her virtuosity is equaled only by the insight and passion with which every piece is imbued. The recording is excellent, capturing every burst of light and color as it decays through every shade of sound and silence. This is an absolutely essential piano disc, a worthy addition to the library of anyone interested in recent piano explorations, rendered with vitality and intellectual rigor in per­fect balance.” - Marc Medwin (Fanfare)