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Friday, January 1, 2010

Luxembourg PO/Tamayo: Xenakis: Complete Orchestral Works

Though not quite a complete survey of Iannis Xenakis's works involving ­orchestra — none of the choral pieces are included, nor several of the concertante ones — this is a wonderfully varied ­collection of superb studio ­performances by the Luxembourg ­Philharmonic under Arturo Tamayo ­recorded over the last seven years. Xenakis's music remains some of the most remarkable of the second half of the 20th century, with a physicality and architectural sense of shape and surface that are unique in our time. I doubt that anyone would want to play all five of these discs in succession — the music is simply too pungent, sometimes too overbearing in its impact to be taken in large quantities. But the range of the ­effects that Xenakis employs, his ­spectrum of string effects, the dense-packed dissonant clusters and the ­micro-polyphony that is moulded into lava-like streams of sounds is spell-­binding in its immediacy. Though it was music that always came with a wealth of mathematical theorising to support it, as Xenakis's career went on, it was the uniqueness of its impact as sound that seemed its most important quality; no one else has written music like this.

Source:guardian.co.uk/

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