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Edgard Varèse : The Complete Works
     

Edgard Varèse : The Complete Works

by Riccardo Chailly
 
Edgard Varèse, who died in 1965, composed most of his works in the first half of the 20th century. So why is his music still labeled "modern"? Because Varèse was a primogenitor of modernism. Starting where Stravinsky's Rite of Spring left off, Varèse's music explored exciting new regions of sound with boundless energy, enormous gestures, and bracing

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Edgard Varèse, who died in 1965, composed most of his works in the first half of the 20th century. So why is his music still labeled "modern"? Because Varèse was a primogenitor of modernism. Starting where Stravinsky's Rite of Spring left off, Varèse's music explored exciting new regions of sound with boundless energy, enormous gestures, and bracing dissonance. Varèse's work is not for the faint-hearted, but it is surprisingly approachable. For starters, venture into the wild world of Amériques (with its unmistakable echoes of Stravinsky's Rite), a tone painting so exotic and evocative that no actual visual images could do possibly it justice -- except those conjured up by your own imagination. He didn't compose many pieces (his complete works are contained on these two discs), but almost everything he wrote is monumental, even a short work like Ionisation, scored for an orchestra of percussion. Played with stunning impact by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and ASKO Ensemble under the direction of Riccardo Chailly, this set belongs in any serious collection of 20th-century music. (It also includes Poème électronique and Déserts, seminal works in the history of electronica.)

Product Details

Release Date:
09/15/1998
Label:
Decca
UPC:
0028946020821
catalogNumber:
460208

Tracks

  1. Tuning Up, for orchestra (draft, realized by Chou Wen-Chung)
  2. Amériques, for orchestra
  3. Poème électronique, for tape
  4. Arcana, for orchestra
  5. Nocturnal, for soprano, chorus of basses, & chamber orchestra (edited by Chou Wen-Chung)
  6. Un grand sommeil noir, song for voice & orchestra
  7. Un grand sommeil noir, song for voice & piano
  8. Offrandes, for soprano & chamber orchestra
  9. Hyperprisme, for winds and percussion
  10. Octandre, for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, and double bass
  11. Intégrales, for 11 winds & 4 percussionists
  12. Ecuatorial, for bass, chorus, brass, piano, organ, 2 ondes martenots & percussion
  13. Ionisation, for 13 percussion instruments
  14. Density 21.5, for flute solo
  15. Déserts for brass, percussion, piano & tape
  16. Dance for Burgess, for orchestra (draft, completed by Chou Wen-Chung)

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