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 bracingSee more details below

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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.)

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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)  - Edgard Varèse  - Edgard Varèse  - Edgard Varèse  -  ASKO Ensemble  - Antony Beaumont  - Riccardo Chailly  -  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam  -  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam  - Kevin Deas  - Mireille Delunsch  - Sarah Leonard  -  Men of the Prague Philharmonic Choir  -  Men of the Prague Philharmonic Choir  - Jeremy Tilston  - Jacques Zoon  - François Kerdoncuff
  2. Amériques, for orchestra  - Edgard Varèse  - Edgard Varèse  -  ASKO Ensemble  - Antony Beaumont  - Riccardo Chailly  -  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam  -  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam  - Kevin Deas  - Mireille Delunsch  - Sarah Leonard  -  Men of the Prague Philharmonic Choir  -  Men of the Prague Philharmonic Choir  - Jeremy Tilston  - Jacques Zoon  - François Kerdoncuff
  3. Poème électronique, for tape  - Edgard Varèse  - Edgard Varèse  -  ASKO Ensemble  - Antony Beaumont  - Riccardo Chailly  -  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam  -  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam  - Kevin Deas  - Mireille Delunsch  - Sarah Leonard  -  Men of the Prague Philharmonic Choir  -  Men of the Prague Philharmonic Choir  - Jeremy Tilston  - Jacques Zoon  - François Kerdoncuff
  4. Arcana, for orchestra  - Edgard Varèse  - Edgard Varèse  -  ASKO Ensemble  - Antony Beaumont  - Riccardo Chailly  -  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam  -  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam  - Kevin Deas  - Mireille Delunsch  - Sarah Leonard  -  Men of the Prague Philharmonic Choir  -  Men of the Prague Philharmonic Choir  - Jeremy Tilston  - Jacques Zoon  - François Kerdoncuff
  5. Nocturnal, for soprano, chorus of basses, & chamber orchestra (edited by Chou Wen-Chung)  - Edgard Varèse  - Edgard Varèse  - Edgard Varèse  -  ASKO Ensemble  - Antony Beaumont  - Riccardo Chailly  -  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam  -  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam  - Kevin Deas  - Mireille Delunsch  - Sarah Leonard  -  Men of the Prague Philharmonic Choir  -  Men of the Prague Philharmonic Choir  -  Men of the Prague Philharmonic Choir  - Jeremy Tilston  - Jacques Zoon  - Luigi Russolo  - François Kerdoncuff  - Anäis Nin
  6. Un grand sommeil noir, song for voice & orchestra  - Edgard Varèse  - Edgard Varèse  -  ASKO Ensemble  - Antony Beaumont  - Riccardo Chailly  -  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam  -  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam  - Kevin Deas  - Mireille Delunsch  - Sarah Leonard  -  Men of the Prague Philharmonic Choir  -  Men of the Prague Philharmonic Choir  - Jeremy Tilston  - Paul Verlaine  - Jacques Zoon  - François Kerdoncuff
  7. Un grand sommeil noir, song for voice & piano  - Edgard Varèse  - Edgard Varèse  -  ASKO Ensemble  -  ASKO Ensemble  - Antony Beaumont  - Riccardo Chailly  -  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam  - Kevin Deas  - Mireille Delunsch  - Sarah Leonard  -  Men of the Prague Philharmonic Choir  -  Men of the Prague Philharmonic Choir  - Jeremy Tilston  - Paul Verlaine  - Jacques Zoon  - François Kerdoncuff
  8. Offrandes, for soprano & chamber orchestra  - Edgard Varèse  - Edgard Varèse  -  ASKO Ensemble  -  ASKO Ensemble  - Antony Beaumont  - Riccardo Chailly  -  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam  - Kevin Deas  - Mireille Delunsch  - Sarah Leonard  -  Men of the Prague Philharmonic Choir  -  Men of the Prague Philharmonic Choir  - Jeremy Tilston  - Jacques Zoon  - Vicente Huidobro  - Jose Juan Tablada  - François Kerdoncuff
  9. Hyperprisme, for winds and percussion  - Edgard Varèse  - Edgard Varèse  -  ASKO Ensemble  -  ASKO Ensemble  - Antony Beaumont  - Riccardo Chailly  -  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam  - Kevin Deas  - Mireille Delunsch  - Sarah Leonard  -  Men of the Prague Philharmonic Choir  -  Men of the Prague Philharmonic Choir  - Jeremy Tilston  - Jacques Zoon  - François Kerdoncuff
  10. Octandre, for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, and double bass  - Edgard Varèse  - Edgard Varèse  -  ASKO Ensemble  -  ASKO Ensemble  - Antony Beaumont  - Riccardo Chailly  -  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam  - Kevin Deas  - Mireille Delunsch  - Sarah Leonard  -  Men of the Prague Philharmonic Choir  -  Men of the Prague Philharmonic Choir  - Jeremy Tilston  - Jacques Zoon  - François Kerdoncuff
  11. Intégrales, for 11 winds & 4 percussionists  - Edgard Varèse  - Edgard Varèse  -  ASKO Ensemble  -  ASKO Ensemble  - Antony Beaumont  - Riccardo Chailly  -  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam  - Kevin Deas  - Mireille Delunsch  - Sarah Leonard  -  Men of the Prague Philharmonic Choir  -  Men of the Prague Philharmonic Choir  - Jeremy Tilston  - Jacques Zoon  - François Kerdoncuff
  12. Ecuatorial, for bass, chorus, brass, piano, organ, 2 ondes martenots & percussion  - Edgard Varèse  - Edgard Varèse  -  ASKO Ensemble  -  ASKO Ensemble  - Antony Beaumont  - Riccardo Chailly  -  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam  - Kevin Deas  - Kevin Deas  - Mireille Delunsch  - Sarah Leonard  -  Men of the Prague Philharmonic Choir  -  Men of the Prague Philharmonic Choir  - Jeremy Tilston  - Jacques Zoon  - François Kerdoncuff  - Father Jimines
  13. Ionisation, for 13 percussion instruments  - Edgard Varèse  - Edgard Varèse  -  ASKO Ensemble  -  ASKO Ensemble  - Antony Beaumont  - Riccardo Chailly  -  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam  - Kevin Deas  - Mireille Delunsch  - Sarah Leonard  -  Men of the Prague Philharmonic Choir  -  Men of the Prague Philharmonic Choir  - Jeremy Tilston  - Jacques Zoon  - François Kerdoncuff
  14. Density 21.5, for flute solo  - Edgard Varèse  - Edgard Varèse  -  ASKO Ensemble  -  ASKO Ensemble  - Antony Beaumont  - Riccardo Chailly  -  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam  - Kevin Deas  - Mireille Delunsch  - Sarah Leonard  -  Men of the Prague Philharmonic Choir  -  Men of the Prague Philharmonic Choir  - Jeremy Tilston  - Jacques Zoon  - François Kerdoncuff
  15. Déserts for brass, percussion, piano & tape  - Edgard Varèse  - Edgard Varèse  -  ASKO Ensemble  -  ASKO Ensemble  - Antony Beaumont  - Riccardo Chailly  -  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam  - Kevin Deas  - Mireille Delunsch  - Sarah Leonard  -  Men of the Prague Philharmonic Choir  -  Men of the Prague Philharmonic Choir  - Jeremy Tilston  - Jacques Zoon  - François Kerdoncuff
  16. Dance for Burgess, for orchestra (draft, completed by Chou Wen-Chung)  - Edgard Varèse  - Edgard Varèse  -  ASKO Ensemble  -  ASKO Ensemble  - Antony Beaumont  - Riccardo Chailly  -  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam  - Kevin Deas  - Mireille Delunsch  - Sarah Leonard  -  Men of the Prague Philharmonic Choir  -  Men of the Prague Philharmonic Choir  - Jeremy Tilston  - Jacques Zoon  - François Kerdoncuff

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