The interior, a post-apocalyptic space where two solitary monsters caught up in a delirium of masks, the Marquise de Merteuil and the Vicomte de Valmont, collide; the exterior, the thoughts and conspiracies of the protagonists; and outside, a space of metaphysical forces like attraction and magnetism, the only space capable of absorbing the psychological tension in Quartett.
IRCAM's technology was called upon to create this spatial staging for the work’s premiere at la Scala in Milan, directed by La Fura Dels Bauls: passage from a microscopic dimension to the occupation of almost the entire theater-world, vocal grafts that incarnate the feminine side of de Valmont and the masculinity of de Merteuil, the founding and sonorous ambiguities of a "quartet" for two.
Allison Cook soprano (the marquise de Merteuil
Robin Adams baryton (the vicomte de Valmont )
Orquestra Simfònica del Gran Teatre del Liceu
Peter Rundel conductor
Alex Ollé stage director
Serge Lemouton IRCAM computer music design
Julien Aléonard recording of the choir and orchestra at La Scala in Milan
Benoit Meudic IRCAM computer music production
Sébastien Naves IRCAM Sound Engineer