Iancu Dumitrescu

Iancu Dumitrescu

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Electro-acoustic composer born in Romania in 1944. From the age of seven to twenty-two he pursued conventional musical studies leading to an M.A. in composition at the National Conservatoire in Bucharest. In 1976, Dumitrescu founded The Hyperion Ensemble. With Ana-Maria Avram, he set up the Edition Modern record label in 1990.
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Iancu Dumitrescu Discography

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ST-ECE 01754 Ansamblul Hyperion* Conducerea Muzicală: Iancu Dumitrescu Ansamblul Hyperion* Conducerea Muzicală: Iancu Dumitrescu - Ansamblul Hyperion(LP) Electrecord ST-ECE 01754 Romania 1981 Sell This Version
ST-ECE 01981-01982 Fernando Grillo - Iancu Dumitrescu / Octavian Nemescu / Costin Cazaban / Horia Șurianu Fernando Grillo - Iancu Dumitrescu / Octavian Nemescu / Costin Cazaban / Horia Șurianu - Romanian Contemporary Music(2xLP) Electrecord ST-ECE 01981-01982 Romania 1982 Sell This Version
ST-ECE 02720 Iancu Dumitrescu Grande Ourse / Aulodie Mioritică (Gamma) (Album) Electrecord ST-ECE 02720 Romania 1985 Sell This Version
ST-CS 0191 Iancu Dumitrescu Alternances / Bas-Reliefs / Apogeum / Reliefs(LP) Electrecord ST-CS 0191 Romania 1986 Sell This Version
ST-CS 0190 Iancu Dumitrescu Harryphonie / Movemur Et Sumus(LP) Electrecord ST-CS 0190 Romania 1986 Sell This Version
ED. RZ 1001, SLP 015 Iancu Dumitrescu Medium II / Cogito(LP) Edition RZ, Selektion ED. RZ 1001, SLP 015 Germany 1987 Sell This Version
GU-LP 1005 Iancu Dumitrescu Nimbus / Zenith(LP) Generations Unlimited GU-LP 1005 US 1989 Sell This Version
GU-LP 1006 Iancu Dumitrescu / David Prescott Iancu Dumitrescu / David Prescott - Iancu Dumitrescu / David Prescott(LP) Generations Unlimited GU-LP 1006 US 1989 Sell This Version
ED.MN.1002 Ana-Maria Avram / Iancu Dumitrescu Ana-Maria Avram / Iancu Dumitrescu - Au Dela De Movemur / Monades / Ekagrata / Signum Gemini / Zodiaque (III) (Album) Edition Modern ED.MN.1002 Romania 1991 Sell This Version
ED.MN.1001 Iancu Dumitrescu Untitled(CD, Album) Edition Modern ED.MN.1001 Romania 1993 Sell This Version
ED.MN.1005 Iancu Dumitrescu Untitled(CD, Album) Edition Modern ED.MN.1005 Romania 1993 Sell This Version
ED.MN.1004 Georges Astalos* / Iancu Dumitrescu / Ana-Maria Avram Georges Astalos* / Iancu Dumitrescu / Ana-Maria Avram - Musique De Paroles(CD, Album) Edition Modern ED.MN.1004 Romania 1993 Sell This Version
ED.MN.1006 Ana-Maria Avram / Iancu Dumitrescu Ana-Maria Avram / Iancu Dumitrescu - Untitled(CD, Album) Edition Modern ED.MN.1006 Romania 1994 Sell This Version
AG 006 CD, ED.MN.1007 Iancu Dumitrescu / Ana-Maria Avram Iancu Dumitrescu / Ana-Maria Avram - Mnémosyne, Impulse, Clusterum I, Quatre Études D'ombre, Asonant III, Métaboles(CD, Album) Artgallery, Edition Modern AG 006 CD, ED.MN.1007 Romania 1995 Sell This Version
ED.MN.1009 Ana-Maria Avram / Iancu Dumitrescu Ana-Maria Avram / Iancu Dumitrescu - Untitled(CD) Edition Modern ED.MN.1009 Romania 1997 Sell This Version
ED.MN.1008 Ana-Maria Avram / Iancu Dumitrescu Ana-Maria Avram / Iancu Dumitrescu - 5 Pieces(CD) Edition Modern ED.MN.1008 Romania 1997 Sell This Version
ED.MN.1013 Ana-Maria Avram / Iancu Dumitrescu Ana-Maria Avram / Iancu Dumitrescu - Untitled(CDr, Album) Edition Modern ED.MN.1013 Romania 1998 Sell This Version
ED.MN.1010 Ana-Maria Avram / Iancu Dumitrescu Ana-Maria Avram / Iancu Dumitrescu - Untitled(CD, Album) Edition Modern ED.MN.1010 Romania 1998 Sell This Version
ED.MN.1012 Iancu Dumitrescu / Ana-Maria Avram Iancu Dumitrescu / Ana-Maria Avram - Untitled(CDr, Album) Edition Modern ED.MN.1012 Romania 1998 Sell This Version
ED.MN.1014 Ana-Maria Avram / Iancu Dumitrescu Ana-Maria Avram / Iancu Dumitrescu - Untitled(CD, Album) Edition Modern ED.MN.1014 Romania 1999 Sell This Version
ReR DACH1, ED.MN.1011 Dumitrescu*, Avram*, Cutler*, Hodgkinson* with The Hyperion Ensemble* Dumitrescu*, Avram*, Cutler*, Hodgkinson* with The Hyperion Ensemble* - Musique Action '98(CD, Album) ReR Megacorp, Edition Modern ReR DACH1, ED.MN.1011 UK 1999 Sell This Version
ED.MN.1016 Ana-Maria Avram / Iancu Dumitrescu Ana-Maria Avram / Iancu Dumitrescu - Untitled(CD, Album) Edition Modern ED.MN.1016 Romania 2000 Sell This Version
ED.MN.1015 Ana-Maria Avram / Iancu Dumitrescu Ana-Maria Avram / Iancu Dumitrescu - Untitled(CD, Album) Edition Modern ED.MN.1015 Romania 2000 Sell This Version
ED.MN.1017 Ana-Maria Avram / Iancu Dumitrescu Ana-Maria Avram / Iancu Dumitrescu - Untitled(CD, Album) Edition Modern ED.MN.1017 Romania 2001 Sell This Version
ED.MN.1019 Ana-Maria Avram / Iancu Dumitrescu Ana-Maria Avram / Iancu Dumitrescu - In Tokyo(CD, Album) Edition Modern ED.MN.1019 Romania 2003 Sell This Version

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ultimathulerecords

January 7, 2016
My Iancu Dumitrescu article from Audion 24, page 9, published in February 1993...

In the realms of the avant-garde (read: serious, weird and innovative classical music) the countries of Eastern Europe have been notorious as burgeoners of the most experimental and creative talents. Probably best known of all is György Ligeti, along with innumerable other Hungarian and Czechoslovakian talents in the realms of electronic music. The composer under discussion here however, hails from Romania and is the creator of some of the most radical and inventive music.
Born in 1944, it's obvious that the political and social climate in Romania had profound influence on his perception of music, and later after studies with one Sergiu Celibidache, he began to experiment with the aesthetics of sound creation, manipulation, and harmonic mutilation. In 1976 he formed the Hyperion Ensemble to realise his works, and also those of other composers like Nicolae Brindus. These early orchestrated works are quite reminiscent of Ligeti's similar dissonant ensemble pieces, often sounding as electronic as orchestral. Intriguing, but only hinting at the radical work to come.
A major step forward in his realisation of truly bombastic sonic disintegration was realised by the co-operation of the experimental bassist Fernando Grillo (also known for an album on the Cramps label), who seems capable of coaxing the most impossible sounds out of his instrument. The work Cogito/Trompe L'oeil is an excellent example of this in a more atmospheric Stockhausen-like manner, whereas Medium III features some of the most awesome brain-numbing sonic effects I've heard. Many of the works from this era came to light via releases on the German Edition RZ label (see reviews in Audion's #10, page 11 and #11, page 29) revealing to the world a sonic creator of unique talent. Other albums of note from this era (the late-80's) are two produced in co-operation with Generations Unlimited (David Prescott's label), NIMBUS/ZENITH being quite different and surprising with one piece for three trombones, percussion and tape, and the other just for percussion, It was very much a return to his earlier works, and then there's also a split LP featuring works by Dumitrescu and Prescott.
As is the case with many composers, the advent of the CD has given Iancu the chance to consolidate his ideas and compile many of his best ideas onto lengthy CD anthologies. Of the three CD's issued thus far, one also contains three excellent works by a pupil of his: Ana-Maria Avram, whose compositional style is every bit as fascinating and innovative (Dumitrescu is featured as pianist on one track) and is certainly a talent to look out for.
As a creator of radical music that breaks convention, riding on the edge of the classical avant-garde onto realms more closely associated with the likes of Nurse With Wound or The Hafler Trio, Iancu Dumitrescu has the talent to lure you in, mystify and startle with unnerving furiousity.

p.s. some tips about identifying early Edition Modern first few releases...
Version 1: single thick card front insert, rear tray inlay is laser printed on soft off-white card (1991).
Version 2: single thick card front insert, rear tray inlay is inverse (white text) and professionally printed (ca. 1993/93).
Versions 3+: 4 page inserts including reviews, rear tray inlay also has distribution addresses (ca. 1994+ ?)

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