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Introducing 20th Century Classics - Benchmark Recordings of 20th Century Music

The 20th Century Classics series from Deutsche Grammophon and Decca is the definitive collection of the most significant and important repertoire and recordings of the Modern era. These are the works you must know in order to understand the music of the 20th century. There are fifty releases in all planned. This first wave of ten recordings includes classic performances of music by John Cage, Osvaldo Golijov, Igor Stravinsky, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Luciano Berio and Harrison Birtwistle.

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Osvaldo Golijov: La Pasión Según San Marcos / Biella Da Costa, Jessica Rivera, Reynaldo Gonzalez-Fernandez
Osvaldo Golijov: La Pasión Según San Marcos / Biella Da Costa, Jessica Rivera, Reynaldo Gonzalez-Fernandez

2 CD / Deutsche Grammophon / 2012-07-31

Works: Osvaldo Golijov: La Pasión según San Marcos
Performers: Alvear, Alex; Cabrera, Gioconda; Gonzalez-Fernandez, Reynaldo; Largo, Virginia [Vocals]; Mairena, Manolo; Maldonado, Elizabeth [Vocals]; Raga, Ana Maria; Rivera, Jessica [Soprano Vocal]
Conductors: Guinand, Maria
Ensemble: Members of the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Ve

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Recording information: BiCoastal Music, Boston (01/2007); Edificio Centro Empresarial Polar, Caracas (01/2007); Heart Punch Studios, Boston (01/2007); BiCoastal Music, Boston (11/2008); Edificio Centr...continue...
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John Cage: Sonatas & Interludes for prepared piano / John Tilbury, piano
John Cage: Sonatas & Interludes for prepared piano / John Tilbury, piano

1 CD / Decca / 2012-07-31

Works: John Cage: Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano
Performers: Tilbury, John

Sonatas and Interludes, composed in 1946-48, is John Cage's most important work for prepared piano.

John Cage described the work as an attempt to express

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Recording information: All Saints Church, Petersham, London, England (12/09/1974-12/11/1974)....continue...
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Claude Debussy: La Mer; Afternoon of a faun; Three Nocturnes; Jeux / Charles Dutoit
Claude Debussy: La Mer; Afternoon of a faun; Three Nocturnes; Jeux / Charles Dutoit

1 CD / Decca / 2012-07-31

Works: Claude Debussy: Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune; La mer; Nocturnes (3) for Orchestra; Jeux
Performers: Hutchins, Timothy
Conductors: Dutoit, Charles
Ensemble: ; Montreal Symphony Orchestra

La Mer was not met with immediate success when it was first heard in October 1905 but subsequent generations of musicians have recognized it for...continue...
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Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 / Vladimir Ashkenazy, Royal PO
Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 / Vladimir Ashkenazy, Royal PO

1 CD / Decca / 2012-07-31

Works: Dmitry Shostakovich: Symphony no 5 in D minor, Op. 47; Chamber Symphony in C minor, Op. 110a (arr. by Barshai from String Quartet no 8 )
Conductors: Ashkenazy, Vladimir
Ensemble: ; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony was premiered in Leningrad on 21 November 1937 and was the composer's response to Pravda's earlier denunciation of his opera Lady Macbeth...continue...
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Igor Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring) / Ashkenazy, Deutsches SO Berlin
Igor Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring) / Ashkenazy, Deutsches SO Berlin

1 CD / Decca / 2012-07-31

Works: Igor Stravinsky: Le sacre du printemps; Symphony in Three Movements; Agon, ballet for 12 dancers & orchestra
Conductors: Ashkenazy, Vladimir
Ensemble: ; Deutsches Symphony Orchestra Berlin

The premiere of Stravinsky's Scare in Paris on 29 May 1913 was the occasion of one of the most famous scandals in music when this...continue...
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Varèse: Amériques / Pierre Boulez, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Varèse: Amériques / Pierre Boulez, Chicago Symphony Orchestra

1 CD / Deutsche Grammophon / 2012-07-31

Works: Edgard Varèse: Amériques; Arcana; Déserts; Ionisation
Conductors: Boulez, Pierre
Ensemble: ; Chicago Symphony Orchestra

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For Varese, Ameriques was not just a change in direction, but a new beginning: the Americas, signifying... new worlds on earth, in the sky or...continue...
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Karlheinz Stockhausen: Gruppen / Gyorgy Kurtag, Friedrich Goldmann, Claudio Abbado
Karlheinz Stockhausen: Gruppen / Gyorgy Kurtag, Friedrich Goldmann, Claudio Abbado

1 CD / Deutsche Grammophon / 2012-07-31

Works: György Kurtág: Grabstein für Stephan, for guitar & instrumental groups, Op. 15c; Stele, for orchestra, Op. 33; Karlheinz Stockhausen: Gruppen
Performers: Ruck, Jurgen
Conductors: Abbado, Claudio; Goldmann, Friedrich; Creed, Marcus
Ensemble: ; Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

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From today's vantage point it would be easy to underestimate the impact of Stockhausen's unheralded use of his resources - three conductors, three orchestras, a...continue...
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Luciano Berio: Sinfonia / London Voices; Gothenburg SO - Peter Eotvos
Luciano Berio: Sinfonia / London Voices; Gothenburg SO - Peter Eotvos

1 CD / Deutsche Grammophon / 2012-07-31

Works: Luciano Berio: Sinfonia, for 8 amplified voices & orchestra; Ekphrasis, for orchestra ("Continuo II")
Conductors: Eötvös, Peter
Ensemble: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra

The definitive 20th-century music series. 50 releases planned, featuring 50 iconic, plus fillers. 50 works you must know to understand the music of the 20th...continue...
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Steve Reich: Drumming, Parts I-IV; Six Pianos; Music for Mallet Instruments, Voices & Organ / Russ Hartenberger, Bob Becker, James Preiss
Steve Reich: Drumming, Parts I-IV; Six Pianos; Music for Mallet Instruments, Voices & Organ / Russ Hartenberger, Bob Becker, James Preiss

2 CD / Deutsche Grammophon / 2012-07-31

Works: Steve Reich: Drumming, for 2 female voices, piccolo, 4 pairs of bongos, 3 marimbas & 3 glockenspiels; Six Pianos; Music for Mallet Instruments, Voices and Organ, for 3 female voices, 3 marimbas, 3 gl...
Performers: Barbara, Joan La; Becker, Bob [Percussion]; Chambers, Steve; Clayton, Jay; Ferchen, Timothy; Harms, Ben; Hartenberger, Russ; Jarrett, Janice; Preiss, James; Reich, Steve; Velez, Glen

Drumming is a classic of hope and achievement. Coming after a few years - the late sixties - when so many old barriers had fallen,...continue...
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Harrison Birtwistle: The Triumph of Time / John Harle, Pierre Boulez, Andrew Davis
Harrison Birtwistle: The Triumph of Time / John Harle, Pierre Boulez, Andrew Davis

1 CD / Decca / 2012-07-31

Works: Harrison Birtwistle: Triumph of Time, for orchestra; Earth Dances, for orchestra; Panic, for saxophone, drum kit & orchestra
Performers: Clarvis, Paul; Harle, John
Conductors: Boulez, Pierre; Davis, Andrew
Ensemble: ; BBC Symphony Orchestra

Birtwistle's 30-minute orchestral processional is one of the works that established his international reputation in the early 1970s.

It takes its name from a wood

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