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Ionisation: Music of Varèse, Penderecki, Ligeti
Edgard Varese, Krzysztof Penderecki, Gyorgy Ligeti
Ionisation: Music of Varèse, Penderecki, Ligeti
Genre: Classical
  •  Track Listings (10) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (7) - Disc #2


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Most perfect recording of Aventures and Nouvelles Aventures
Tenfelde | 06/22/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The Varèse has been never recorded better than with "die reihe". The most perfect recording of my "Aventures and Nouvelles Aventures" is on "Vox Box" says György Ligeti"
Great sample of 20th century modernism!
R. Hutchinson | a world ruled by fossil fuels and fossil minds | 08/26/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Just as I was familiar with Gyorgy Ligeti's music because of "2001," I was familiar with the name Varese through Frank Zappa long before I learned much of anything else about 20th century composition. It wasn't until this disc, though, that I finally heard Varese's music. Frankly it took several listens before I really heard it -- I didn't find it as immediately compelling as, say, Carter or Ligeti. But give it time, and you can hear why such uncompromising later radicals as Xenakis considered Varese to be absolutely pivotal in developing a new language of space, rhythm and intensity. "Ionisation" for percussion is the culminating piece here, complete with sirens! I wish Varese had been more prolific, and realized his "vision" more fully with electronics.
I'm not sure what the logic was of including Penderecki and Ligeti with Varese, but the music is great! Penderecki's instrumentation is conventional compared to Varese, and the music is somber and tragic, with bursts of terrifying dissonance. The string quartet is splendid. Then comes Ligeti with music first for vocals, and then for organ, and any previous concept of music is out the window. I can't help but laugh at "Adventures"! Here is an excerpt from the equally amusing liner notes on Ligeti by Dr. William B. Ober: "...Ligeti's "Poeme Symphonique"..., certainly atonal, directs the 'listener' to meter without distracting his ear by melody or harmony... [H]e escapes the solecism of structural coherence, enabling the 'listener' to concentrate on texture."
I was led by this disc to seek out more 20th century music. It serves as an excellent bargain introduction, and I'm now discovering how right Stravinsky was to emphasize the importance of multiple interpretations of compositions, so it's great to eventually duplicate some of these pieces on other recordings."