Varèse: Orchestral works

Record and Artist Details

Composer or Director: Edgard Varèse

Label: London Enterprise

Media Format: Cassette

Catalogue Number: 414 170-4LE

Tracks:

Composition Artist Credit
Intégrales Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Edgard Varèse Composer
Zubin Mehta
Arcana Edgard Varèse Composer
Zubin Mehta
Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Ionisation Edgard Varèse Composer
Zubin Mehta
Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Los Angeles Percussion Ensemble

Composer or Director: Edgard Varèse

Label: London Enterprise

Media Format: Vinyl

Catalogue Number: 414 170-1LE

Tracks:

Composition Artist Credit
Ionisation Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Edgard Varèse Composer
Zubin Mehta
Los Angeles Percussion Ensemble
Intégrales Edgard Varèse Composer
Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Zubin Mehta
Arcana Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Zubin Mehta
Edgard Varèse Composer
Boulez's full-price account of Arcana on CBS (76520, 6/78) has the edge on Mehta in its couplings: apart from Ionisation this is the only available recording of Varese's earlier work for full orchestra, Ameriques. But at medium-price Mehta's performances are well worth investigating. Arcana benefits from the bold, slightly artificial sound quality, the music's rather crude juxta-positions and constant climaxes played for all they're worth. In Integrales, Mehta's emphasis on the heartless mechanisms of its early stages makes the eventual entry of the lyrical oboe melody more than usually welcome, and more than usually ambiguous; while the all-percussion Ionisation has a comparable blend of excitement and anxiety, which the entry of pitched instruments towards the end neither resolves nor intensifies. A thought-provoking reissue.'

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