Varse/Penderecki/Ligeti

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COMPOSERS: Varèse/Penderecki/Ligeti
LABELS: VoxBox
WORKS: Intégrales; Offrandes; Density 21.5; Hyperprism; Ionisation; Octandre; Emanationen; Sonata for Cello & Orchestra; String Quartet No. 1; Stabat mater; Miserere; Aventures-Nouvelles aventures; Volumina; Étude No. 1
PERFORMER: Various performers
CATALOGUE NO: CDX 5142 ADD (1968-72)
This disc contains 16, mainly familiar works by three ‘texture-music’ composers in recordings made when their reputations peaked, plus what I think are the original LP sleeve notes: unhelpful, sometimes downright peculiar. A lazy solution. Performances are variable. The Varèse works are available better elsewhere; the uncertain-sounding soprano in Offrandes is perhaps wisely uncredited. Penderecki’s First Quartet and Ligeti’s Aventures-Nouvelles aventures are compellingly drawn, though the latter really needs its theatrical dimension. Still a generous introduction to a vital area of the avant-garde. Keith Potter

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