Imperial Horizon

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B2: Beethoven’s “Eroica”, Symphony No.3 in E Flat, Opus 55, 2nd movement, conductor Arturo Toscanini with the NBC Symphony Orchestra (78rpm shellac/acetate - HMV D.B. 5948, year unknown) with pipe organ. Mixed at Trewetha, August 2013.
Originally Beethoven was to dedicate Opus 55 to Napoleon, but upon his proclamation as Emperor of France this honour was withdrawn and the piece retitled “Eroica”.

Caliban was the original inhabitant of the island to which Prospero is banished and he is forced to become the servant of Prospero...

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from SIRÈNE, released May 19, 2017

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Robert Curgenven Cork, Ireland

Curgenven uses sound as a physical field of perception to encourage us to consider our physical experience of sound through our bodies, the space they inhabit and also the psychological shaping of time and duration by the auditory. For him sound is weather and his work entreats us to feel and hear air. - spanning pipe organ to feedback, immersive resonances, dubplates & detailed field recordings. ... more

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