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Boulez Conducts Varese - Ameriques, Arcana, Deserts, Ionisation


Release Date: 08/14/2001 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 471137   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Edgard Varèse
Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony OrchestraChicago Symphony Orchestra members
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

The whole of Varèse’s surviving output can be comfortably accommodated on a pair of CDs, as it is in Riccardo Chailly’s superlative survey on Decca, but Pierre Boulez’s single disc concentrates on the two orchestral works that Varèse wrote in the years after he emigrated to the United States in 1915, Amériques and Arcana. Boulez is totally in his element in music like this, observing every teeming detail, controlling the massive up-wellings of sound with maximum assurance, and in the Chicago Symphony he has an orchestra that has all the virtuosity and panache to deliver it at maximum voltage. Christopher Lyndon-Gee’s account of Arcana pales by comparison; there is neither enough security or weight of tone in the playing Read more to compete on any level. The Naxos disc also includes equally cautious performances of the three pungent ensemble pieces of the Twenties, and Varèse’s final orchestral work, Déserts, in which he made one of the first attempts at combining electronic music with live performers. The tape sounds rather faded now, and it is not surprising that Boulez opts for the version of the score omitting the pre-recorded interludes, and makes a thing of wonder out of its intricate play of colours and textures.The only puzzle is why it has taken DG more than five years to release this outstanding collection.

Performance: 5 (out of 5), Sound: 5 (out of 5)

-- Andrew Clements, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Amériques by Edgard Varèse
Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: ?1918-21; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/1995 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 25 Minutes 12 Secs. 
2.
Arcana by Edgard Varèse
Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925-1927; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/1996 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 19 Minutes 42 Secs. 
3.
Déserts by Edgard Varèse
Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: ?1950-54; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/1996 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 17 Minutes 11 Secs. 
4.
Ionisation by Edgard Varèse
Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra members
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929-1931; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/1995 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 5 Minutes 51 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Amériques
Arcana
Déserts
Ionisation

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