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Earle Brown Contemporary Sound Series, Vol. 5

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With Earle Brown — A Life in Music — Volume 5, Wergo has once again dug up treasures of contemporary music from the 1960s and 1970s. The 3-CD set not only contains one of the first recordings of Charles Ives’s Concord Sonata by Aloys Kontarsky but is also a testimony to the virtuosity of Severino Gazzelloni who is, without doubt, one of the greatest flutists of the 20th century. In addition, it contains usic from the group Sonic Arts Union with the four pioneers of electronic music: David Behrman, Robert Ashley, Alvin Lucier and Gordon Mumma. The 18 LPs of Earle Brown’s legendary Contemporary Sound Series, recorded between 1960 and 1973, have become a rarity in great demand since the series was discontinued in 1978. These rare and historically important recordings have been carefully digitized and re-mastered by the Earle Brown Music Foundation. Volume 4 will be issued in the coming months.

Notes & Reviews:


The Wire (p.57) - "[H]ere is Kontarsky's electrifying interpretation of the 'Concord Sonata'....Its kaleidoscopic structure and stylistic pluralism still ooze vitality."


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