Varese: Ionization, Ameriques, Density 21.5, etc.

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Pierre Boulez's insightful interpretations of Varèse's music were important additions to a once meager catalog of recordings. The 1977 release of "Ionisation," "Arcana," and "Amériques" came as a revelation and redressed the false impressions other wooden and inept performances had left of these pieces. Boulez's recordings have vivid details, room for the music to breathe, and disciplined organization in which nothing is obscured. Of the works performed by the New York Philharmonic, "Arcana" is transparent and brutally direct, and "Amériques" is rich and filled with foreboding. "Ionisation" is spacious and reverberant, with all of the rhythmic details placed in high ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Pierre Boulez's insightful interpretations of Varèse's music were important additions to a once meager catalog of recordings. The 1977 release of "Ionisation," "Arcana," and "Amériques" came as a revelation and redressed the false impressions other wooden and inept performances had left of these pieces. Boulez's recordings have vivid details, room for the music to breathe, and disciplined organization in which nothing is obscured. Of the works performed by the New York Philharmonic, "Arcana" is transparent and brutally direct, and "Amériques" is rich and filled with foreboding. "Ionisation" is spacious and reverberant, with all of the rhythmic details placed in high relief. The 1984 recordings by the Ensemble InterContemporain continue Boulez's reassessment of Varèse's oeuvre. "Octandre" is played with a degree of playfulness rarely found in other performances. The marvelous sonorities of "Offrandes" are well-suited to the texts' surrealist imagery, and Rachel Yakar's singing is light and unpretentious. "Intégrales," with its fanfares and crystalline chords clearly outlined, is austere and powerful. Flutist Lawrence Beauregard's performance of "Density 21.5" is fine, though it is possibly the only track to offer no surprises. The disc's 20-bit enhancement improves the sound of the three ADD tracks, and the remaining all-digital recordings are free of blemishes.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/14/1991
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074644584424
  • Catalog Number: 45844
  • Sales rank: 58,897

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ionisation, for 13 percussionists - Edgard Varèse & Pierre Boulez (5:59)
  2. 2 Amériques, for orchestra - Edgard Varèse & Pierre Boulez (24:13)
  3. 3 Density 21.5, for flute solo - Edgard Varèse & Pierre Boulez (4:11)
  4. 4–5 Offrandes, for soprano & chamber orchestra - Edgard Varèse & Pierre Boulez (6:39)
  5. 5 Arcana, for orchestra - Edgard Varèse & Pierre Boulez (18:43)
  6. 7–9 Octandre, for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, and double bass - Edgard Varèse & Pierre Boulez (6:38)
  7. 8 Intégrales, for 11 winds & 4 percussionists - Edgard Varèse & Pierre Boulez (10:35)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Pierre Boulez Primary Artist
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Great recording

    In my opinion this is a fantastic recording. Pierre Boulez is a living legend, a great leader in either conducting and composing 20 century Avant-guarde music. This is a very complicated music period that requires great skills from musicians, most of them percussionists. It is also a music that does not follow the traditional rules of the tonal system, which make it hard to understand for the audience.
    I had the privilege to attend at Carnegie Hall the performances of Ionisation and Ameriques. Pierre Boulez style of conducting is unique. He shows confidence, calm and knowledge.
    This recording reflects all of that. My recomendation are that you need to listen them several times first in a quiet moment, paying attention to all and every instruments together. Remember that this is augenmusik, or music to be seen performed. That way you get a whole picture of what is going on.
    Mauricio Coro

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