Hi all and Mark,
I have a varese compilation by Erato and it is really great! But some time
ago (please see it below) I saw in the CDCONNECTION a Varese's title called
Complete Works. This recording received the 1999 Grammy Award for "Best
Orchestral Performance." I am very curious about that. My quaestion:
Does anybody knows it it is really A COMPLETE SET of Varese's works?
E. VARESE -- COMPLETE WORKS -- 10/5
CD details Add to Basket 122031 9/98 LONDON CLASSICS 460208
Chailly/Royal Concertgebouw Or
[DDD] 2 CDs. 2:31 This disc was nominated for the 1999 Grammy Award for
"Best Orchestral Performance."As time passes, it becomes more and more
obvious that Edgard Varese was a 20th century composer of great
significance. That is why the value of this release--a 2CD set of the
composer's complete works--is hard to overestimate. The results of Riccardo
Chailly's collaboration with the concertgebouw Orchestra and the very
"Varesian" ensemble ASKO are an accomplishment of the highest rank.The set
offers an opportunity to listen to the whole palette of Varese's colors,
the whole range of the images. It starts with the famous "Ameriques" where
the composer established his highly symbolic, abbreviating language, and
continues on to his first discoveries in electronic music ("Poeme
Electronique," "Ecuatorial") and his unfinished last work, "Nocturnal."
Varese's music has been labeled "experimental" for many years, partly
because of his interest in scientific advances in relation to his idea of
organized sound," but mostly because his multidimensional innovations were
hard to describe otherwise. As the composer once said: "My experiments go
into the wastepaper basket....when I finally present a work it is not an
experiment--it is a finished product." REVIEWS:Gramophone (10/98, p.72) -
"...Varese has had a significant impact on post-war musical culture, with
figures as diverse as Stockhausen, Charlie Parker and Frank Zappa
acknowledging his influence. Chailly's
recordings demonstrate, in unequivocal terms, why this music will continue
to porovoke and inspire future generations."
At 03:28 21/12/99 -0800, you wrote:
>From: Marc Adler <magmasystems@...>
>Thanks to all who answered my question regarding
>things to hear on MP3.COM. It seems that there are
>slim pickings indeed!
>Just want to mention something that I've been
>listening to a lot lately... Edgar Varese's Ameriques.
>I have had a few Varese albums stashed away in my
>basement for years, never really listening to them. I
>picked up a copy of Boulez Conducts Varese the other
>day at a used CD store. I was absolutely stunned at
>Ameriques. It's too hard to describe... parts almost
>sound like a hommage to the Rite of Spring. I even
>went out and bought the score, and following the score
>reveals even more insanity in this piece.
>No wonder why he was such a big influence on Zappa!
>PS: For those who want to experiment, somebody posted
>a bunch of Varese pieces (including Ameriques) in
>alt.binaries.mp3.sounds.classical about a week ago.
>Marc Adler/Magma Systems
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