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Masterworks of the 20th Century

Masterworks Of The 20th Century / Various
Release Date: 07/10/2015 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 88875061902   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Pierre BoulezToru TakemitsuIgor StravinskyGunther Schuller,   ... 
Performer:  Yvonne MintonYuji TakahashiJames PappoutsakisJohn Kirkpatrick,   ... 
Conductor:  Pierre BoulezSeiji OzawaErich LeinsdorfDanlee Mitchell,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Musique VivanteNew Philharmonia StringsToronto Symphony,   ... 
Number of Discs: 10 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 9 Hours 33 Mins. 

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Ten CDs filled with iconic performances of 20th-century “avant-garde” classics by Charles Ives (the ground-breaking 1968 recording of the “Concord” Sonata by pianist and Ives scholar John Kirkpatrick), Stravinsky (the great Balanchine ballet Agon, with Erich Leinsdorf conducting the Boston Symphony), Boulez (his 1973 recording of his masterpiece Le Marteau sans maître, with mezzo Yvonne Minton and the Ensemble Musique Vivante), Takemitsu (Seiji Ozawa conducting the Toronto Symphony), a disc each of works by Harry Partch and George Crumb (including his Voice of the Whale), plus other landmark compositions by Berio, Stockhausen, Nono, Cage, Babbitt, Maderna, Xenaxis, Feldman, Schuller and Del Tredici, along with the pioneering Read more productions of the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Le marteau sans maître by Pierre Boulez
Performer:  Yvonne Minton (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Musique Vivante
Written: 1953-5, rev 1957 
Date of Recording: 07/1972 
Venue:  Paris, France 
2.
Livre pour cordes by Pierre Boulez
Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Strings
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1968; France 
Date of Recording: 12/1968 
Venue:  EMI Studios, London 
3.
Asterism by Toru Takemitsu
Performer:  Yuji Takahashi (Piano)
Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Symphony
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1967 
Date of Recording: 01/1969 
Venue:  Massey Hall, Toronto, Canada 
Length: 11 Minutes 50 Secs. 
4.
Requiem for Strings by Toru Takemitsu
Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Symphony
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; Japan 
Date of Recording: 01/1969 
Venue:  Massey Hall, Toronto, Canada 
Length: 7 Minutes 45 Secs. 
5.
Green by Toru Takemitsu
Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Symphony
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1967; Japan 
Date of Recording: 01/1969 
Venue:  Massey Hall, Toronto, Canada 
Length: 5 Minutes 40 Secs. 
6.
The Dorian Horizon by Toru Takemitsu
Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Symphony
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Japan 
Date of Recording: 01/1969 
Venue:  Massey Hall, Toronto, Canada 
Length: 9 Minutes 0 Secs. 
7.
Agon by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Erich Leinsdorf
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; USA 
8.
Studies (7) on Themes of Paul Klee by Gunther Schuller
Performer:  James Pappoutsakis (Flute)
Conductor:  Erich Leinsdorf
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1959; USA 
9.
Sonata for Piano no 2 "Concord, Mass 1840-60" by Charles Ives
Performer:  John Kirkpatrick (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911-1915; USA 
Date of Recording: 03/1968 
Venue:  New York, NY 
10.
Sonata for Piano no 2 "Concord, Mass 1840-60": Excerpt(s) by Charles Ives
Performer:  Charles Ives (Piano)
11.
Night of the Four Moons by George Crumb
Performer:  Jan DeGaetani (Mezzo Soprano), Erich Graf (Flute), Lewis Kaplan (Banjo),
Paul Tobias (Cello), Raymond DesRoches (Percussion)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aeolian Chamber Players
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1969; USA 
12.
Vox balaenae by George Crumb
Performer:  Walter Ponce (Piano), Erich Graf (Flute), Jerry Grossman (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aeolian Chamber Players
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1971; USA 
13.
Makrokosmos II by George Crumb
Performer:  Robert Miller (Piano)
Written: 1973 
14.
Daphne of the Dunes by Harry Partch
Performer:  Linda Schell (), Emil Richards (), Michael Ranta (),
Robert McCormick (), Frank Berberich (), John McAllister (),
Dean Drummond (), Gary Coleman (), Harry Partch (Adapted Viola),
Richard Lapore (), Todd Miller ()
Conductor:  Danlee Mitchell
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 09/11/1968 
Venue:  Whitney Museum, New York, NY 
Length: 17 Minutes 25 Secs. 
15.
Barstow "8 Hitchhiker Inscriptions from a Highway Railing at Barstow, California" by Harry Partch
Performer:  Michael Ranta (), Danlee Mitchell (), Harry Partch (Voice),
John McAllister (), John Stannard (Tenor), Linda Schell ()
Conductor:  Danlee Mitchell
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1941; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/11/1968 
Venue:  Whitney Museum, New York, NY 
Length: 9 Minutes 20 Secs. 
16.
Plectra and Percussion Dances: Castor and Pollux by Harry Partch
Performer:  Michael Ranta (), Danlee Mitchell (), Gary Coleman (),
Dean Drummond (), John McAllister (), Emil Richards (),
Linda Schell ()
Conductor:  Danlee Mitchell
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/11/1968 
Venue:  Whitney Museum, New York, NY 
Length: 16 Minutes 20 Secs. 
17.
Sound Patterns by Pauline Oliveros
Conductor:  Alvin Lucier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brandeis University Chamber Chorus
18.
North American Time Capsule by Alvin Lucier
Conductor:  Alvin Lucier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brandeis University Chamber Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1967; USA 
19.
Solos for Voice 2 by John Cage
Conductor:  Alvin Lucier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brandeis University Chamber Chorus
20.
She Was a Visitor by Robert Ashley
Conductor:  Alvin Lucier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brandeis University Chamber Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1967; USA 
21.
Extended Voices by Toshi Ichiyanagi
Conductor:  Alvin Lucier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brandeis University Chamber Chorus
22.
Chorus and Instruments II by Morton Feldman
Performer:  John Bergamo (Chimes), Harvey G. Phillips (Tuba)
Conductor:  Alvin Lucier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brandeis University Chamber Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1967; USA 
23.
Christian Wolff in Cambridge by Morton Feldman
Conductor:  Alvin Lucier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brandeis University Chamber Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1963; USA 
24.
Akrata by Iannis Xenakis
Conductor:  Richard Dufallo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Festival Chamber Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1964-1965; France 
25.
Syzygy by David Del Tredici
Performer:  Phyllis Bryn-Julson (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Dufallo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Festival Chamber Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1966; USA 
26.
Zyklus by Karlheinz Stockhausen
Performer:  Max Neuhaus (Percussion)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1959; Germany 
27.
Fontana Mix - Feed by John Cage
Performer:  Max Neuhaus (Percussion)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1958 
28.
Lux aeterna by George Crumb
Performer:  Jan DeGaetani (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Wernick
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Penn Contemporary Players
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1971; USA 
29.
Stereo Electronic Music no 1 by Bülent Arel
Period: 20th Century 
30.
Leiyla and the Poet by Halim El-Dabh
Period: 20th Century 
31.
Creation – Prologue by Vladimir Ussachevsky
Period: 20th Century 
32.
Composition for Synthesizer by Milton Babbitt
Period: 20th Century 
33.
Electronic Study no 1 by Mario Davidovsky
Period: 20th Century 
34.
Gargoyles by Otto Luening
Period: 20th Century 
35.
Ensembles for Synthesizer by Milton Babbitt
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1962-1964; USA 
36.
Sonatine for Flute and Piano by Pierre Boulez
Performer:  Severino Gazzelloni (Flute), Frederic Rzewski (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946 
37.
Interpolation "Mobile" by Roman Haubenstock-Ramati
Performer:  Severino Gazzelloni (Flute)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957 
38.
Concerto for Oboe no 1 by Bruno Maderna
Performer:  Lothar Faber (Oboe)
Conductor:  Bruno Maderna
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1962; Italy 
39.
Epitaffio per Federico García Lorca: no 2, Y su sangre ya viene cantando by Luigi Nono
Performer:  Severino Gazzelloni (Flute)
Conductor:  Bruno Maderna
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951-1953 
40.
Serenata 1 by Luciano Berio
Performer:  Severino Gazzelloni (Flute)
Written: 1957 

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 excellent selection November 27, 2015 By D. Pajalic (Vancouver, BC) See All My Reviews "not only selection of interesting compositions, rare to find, but also selection of excellent performers, including Boulez, Lucier, Leinsdorf and rare recording of C. Ives. excellent value." Report Abuse
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