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Xenakis: Atrees, Morsima-amorsima, Nomos Alpha, St 4, Achorripsis


Release Date: 02/23/2010 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 87674   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Iannis Xenakis
Performer:  Jean-Claude BernedeGeorges PludermacherPaul BoufilJacques Cazauran,   ... 
Conductor:  Konstantin Simonovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Instrumental Ensemble of Contemporary Music
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 49 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Iannis Xenakis was born in Romania in 1922 of Greek parents. In 1932 his family moved back to Greece where he commenced his studies, eventually specialising in engineering and architecture: in music he was largely self-taught. During WWII Xenakis was a member of the Resistance in Greece and, in 1945, sustained a severe facial injury that resulted in the loss of sight in one eye. Sentenced to death by the post-war right-wing Greek government, Xenakis escaped Greece with the intention of reaching the USA, but on arrival in France, in 1947, he settled there and became a French citizen. In France Xenakis took up studies with some of the most prominent composers at work in Paris at the time, including Honneger, Milhaud and then, most Read more importantly, Messiaen. He met the architect Le Corbusier who employed his engineering skills and then took him into collaboration. It was whilst with Le Corbusier that Xenakis worked on some important architectural projects, one of the most notable being the design of the Philips pavillion at the 1958 Brussels Exposition. During the 1950s music became Xenakis' increasing preoccupation and, with the encouragement of Messiaen, in 1953-54, he produced Metastasis, his first major work for orchestra. During the 1950s Xenakis pioneered electronic and computer music and became a major voice in the music world and many younger composers came under his influence, notably Penderecki and Takemitsu, who both acknowledged this influence. Xenakis died in Paris on 4 February 2001. The works on these two discs were all written in the 1950s & 60s, at a time when Xenakis was at his most productive. It has to be said that, to the casual listener, this is not easy listening. However, to the more adventurous collector and to those prepared to explore new musical avenues, this set of the music of Xenakis will prove a rare and valuable opportunity. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Atrées, for 11 musicians by Iannis Xenakis
Conductor:  Konstantin Simonovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Instrumental Ensemble of Contemporary Music
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 1960 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris 
Length: 0 Minutes 57 Secs. 
2. Morsima-Amorsima by Iannis Xenakis
Performer:  Jean-Claude Bernede (Violin), Georges Pludermacher (Piano), Paul Boufil (Cello),
Jacques Cazauran (Double Bass)
Conductor:  Konstantin Simonovich
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956-1962; Paris, France 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris 
Length: 12 Minutes 0 Secs. 
3. Nomos alpha by Iannis Xenakis
Performer:  Pierre Penassou (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1965-1966; Paris, France 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris 
Length: 18 Minutes 3 Secs. 
4. Herma by Iannis Xenakis
Performer:  Georges Pludermacher (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960-1964; Paris, France 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris 
Length: 8 Minutes 5 Secs. 
5. St/4 by Iannis Xenakis
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956-1962; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 12/1967-07/1967 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris 
Length: 13 Minutes 21 Secs. 
6. Polla ta Dhina, for children's chorus & 48 musicians by Iannis Xenakis
Conductor:  Konstantin Simonovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Instrumental Ensemble of Contemporary Music
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 1962 
Date of Recording: 12/1968-02/1969 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris 
Length: 7 Minutes 44 Secs. 
7. ST/10, for 10 musicians by Iannis Xenakis
Conductor:  Konstantin Simonovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Instrumental Ensemble of Contemporary Music
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 1962; France 
Date of Recording: 12/1968-02/1969 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris 
Length: 12 Minutes 20 Secs. 
8. Akrata by Iannis Xenakis
Conductor:  Konstantin Simonovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Instrumental Ensemble of Contemporary Music
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1964-1965; France 
Date of Recording: 12/1968-02/1969 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris 
Length: 14 Minutes 0 Secs. 
9. Achorripsis by Iannis Xenakis
Conductor:  Konstantin Simonovich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Instrumental Ensemble of Contemporary Music
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 12/1968-02/1969 
Venue:  Salle Wagram, Paris 
Length: 5 Minutes 18 Secs. 

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