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The View from the Edge

Album Summary

>Varèse, Edgard : Arcana
>Chávez, Carlos : Toccata for percussion instruments
>Revueltas, Silvestre : Sensemay
>MessiaenOlivier : Regards (20) sur l'enfant Jesus, for piano, I/27
>MessiaenOlivier : Preludes (8) for piano, I/2
>Harrison, Lou : Canticle no 3
>Varèse, Edgard : Ionisation
Performer Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

2009 collection, the follow-up to the successful collection The Complete Works Of Edgard Varese Vol. One. Varese also has a strong sales base in America, mostly by virtue of the association with Frank Zappa, who for years championed the work of this genius who today is regarded now as "The Father Of Electronic Music"; a man that has been described as the Leonardo da Vinci of modern music. 'Arcana' and 'Ionisation' are the composer's key works; two of the most important of the twentieth century. Leonard Bernstein's historic seventeen minute Arcana with The New York Philharmonic is amongst the rarest Varese recordings. The American Percussion Society's vigorous recording of 'Ionisation' has been inexplicably out of print for five decades and the Oliver Messiaen pieces are his first official recordings ever, dating from 1946 & 1947, and orginally released on 78 by Pathe.Both are beautifully performed by a young Yvonne Loriod. Carlos Chavez and Silvestre Revueltas are Mexico's leading twentieth century composers. Their works are relentless and uncompromising, possessing an Indian quality that is also contemporary in spirit. Toccata is for percussion only while Revueltas' thrilling Sensemaya is the premiere recording made by Leopold Stokowski in 1947



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Works Details

>Edgard Varèse (Conductor/Director) (1883 - 1965) : Arcana
  • Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
  • Running Time: 17 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1925-1927

>Carlos Chávez (1899 - 1978) : Toccata for percussion instruments
  • Conductor: Felix Slatkin
  • Ensemble: American Percussion Society
  • Running Time: 11 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1942

>Revueltas, Silvestre : Sensemay
  • Conductor: Leopold Stokowski
  • Running Time: 4 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1938

>MessiaenOlivier : Regards (20) sur l'enfant Jésus, for piano, I/27 :: 10. Esprit de joie
  • Performer: Yvonne Loriod (Piano)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1944

>MessiaenOlivier : Regards (20) sur l'enfant Jésus, for piano, I/27 :: 15. Le baiser de l'Enfant Jesus
  • Performer: Yvonne Loriod (Piano)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1944

>MessiaenOlivier : Preludes (8) for piano, I/2 :: 1. La colombe
  • Performer: Yvonne Loriod (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1928-1929

>MessiaenOlivier : Preludes (8) for piano, I/2 :: 3. le mombre leger
  • Performer: Yvonne Loriod (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1928-1929

>MessiaenOlivier : Preludes (8) for piano, I/2 :: 5. Les sons impalpables du reve
  • Performer: Yvonne Loriod (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1928-1929

>Harrison, Lou : Canticle no 3
  • Conductor: Paul Price
  • Ensemble: American Percussion Society
  • Running Time: 12 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1941

>Edgard Varèse (Conductor/Director) (1883 - 1965) : Ionisation
  • Conductor: Paul Price
  • Ensemble: American Percussion Society
  • Notes: Composition written: 1929-31.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1929-1931