How does one strive towards speech and song with purely instrumental means? Here, Jonathan Harvey fulfils his old dream of a vocal orchestra: Speakings is a total prototype: through the filter of analysis, automatic transcription and the utilisation of orchestration software created at IRCAM, Speakings approaches its vocal aim by ‘musicalising’ speech and simultaneously using a virtual voice.

Speakings: or the birth of orchestral prosody.

5 Diapason award Gramophone Recommends award