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listen  1. Atrées Pour 10 Instruments - En 5 Parties : 1ère Partie (Remasterisé En 2009)Konstantin Simonovitch - Jean Claude Bernede - Paul Boufil - Jacques Cazauran - Ensemble Instrumental De Musique Contemporaine De Paris - Georges Pludermacher0:57$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Atrées Pour 10 Instruments - En 5 Parties : 3ème Partie (Remasterisé En 2009)Konstantin Simonovitch - Jean Claude Bernede - Paul Boufil - Jacques Cazauran - Ensemble Instrumental De Musique Contemporaine De Paris - Georges Pludermacher 3:44$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Atrées Pour 10 Instruments - En 5 Parties : 5ème Partie (Remasterisé En 2009)Konstantin Simonovitch - Jean Claude Bernede - Paul Boufil - Jacques Cazauran - Ensemble Instrumental De Musique Contemporaine De Paris - Georges Pludermacher 6:06$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Atrées Pour 10 Instruments - En 5 Parties : 2ème Partie (Remasterisé En 2009)Konstantin Simonovitch - Jean Claude Bernede - Paul Boufil - Jacques Cazauran - Ensemble Instrumental De Musique Contemporaine De Paris - Georges Pludermacher 2:26$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Atrées Pour 10 Instruments - En 5 Parties : 4ème Partie (Remasterisé En 2009)Konstantin Simonovitch - Jean Claude Bernede - Paul Boufil - Jacques Cazauran - Ensemble Instrumental De Musique Contemporaine De Paris - Georges Pludermacher 4:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Morsima-Amorsima For Piano, Violin, Cello & Double-Bass (Remasterisé En 2009)Konstantin Simonovitch - Jean Claude Bernede - Paul Boufil - Jacques Cazauran - Georges Pludermacher12:01Album Only
listen  7. Nomos Alpha For Solo Cello (Remasterisé En 2009)Pierre Penassou18:03Album Only
listen  8. Herma, Musique Symbolique Pour Piano (Remasterisé En 2009)Georges Pludermacher 8:05$1.29  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. ST 4 For String Quartet (Remasterisé En 2009)Quatuor Bernède13:21Album Only
listen  2. Polla Ta Dhina For Children's Choir & Orchestra (1962) (Remasterisé En 2009)Konstantin Simonovitch - Ensemble Instrumental De Musique Contemporaine De Paris - Maîtrise De Notre-Dame De Paris 7:44$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. ST 10 - 1,080262 For 10 Instruments (1956-1962) (Remasterisé En 2009)Konstantin Simonovitch - Ensemble Instrumental De Musique Contemporaine De Paris12:20Album Only
listen  4. Akrata For 16 Wind Instruments (1964-1965) (Remasterisé En 2009)Konstantin Simonovitch - Ensemble Instrumental De Musique Contemporaine De Paris14:00Album Only
listen  5. Achorripsis For 21 Instruments (1956-1957) (Remasterisé En 2009)Konstantin Simonovitch - Ensemble Instrumental De Musique Contemporaine De Paris 5:18$1.29  Buy MP3 


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Product Details

  • Performer: Georges Pludermacher, Pierre Penassou
  • Conductor: Konstantin Simonovich
  • Composer: Iannis Xenakis
  • Audio CD (February 23, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: EMI Classics
  • ASIN: B002ZBTWMY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,636 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By 21st Century Reviews on April 6, 2012
Format: Audio CD
I rolled my eyes at first when I saw this, seeing as what we really need is the holes in the discography to be filled rather than to get a set of stuff we've all heard on LP.

Or not!

When I finally broke down and got this mandatory recording (with such a cool presentation,... kudos to EMI for the community service), I was pleasantly surprised by works I hadn't heard before, including my favorite ST work, 'Atrees', which, at just under 20 minutes, is the longest early Xenakis work; it is also in five movements, but this does not diminish the particularly 'laid back' atmosphere: the computer program isn't as nervous in this piece as in, say, 'ST-10', also exclusive to this set.

'ST-10' (for ensemble with harp) and 'ST-4' (for string quartet) are the same music, 'ST-10' being the original. They make very interesting comparison. We are also given the final ST work 'Morisma-Amorisma', though it is not the same performance that is on Accord (do we now have 5-6 recordings of this piece?).

'Polla ta Dhina' is a short work for children's choir and ensemble which is very primal and exciting, sounding somewhat like his 'Medea', but very much also having the noise factor of 'Anaktoria'. A great little 'overture', exclusive to this set.

This first performance of 'Akrata' is... perhaps it's mean to say 'quaint', but it is quite good even though at this point the version by Tamayo on Timpani is fairly incomparable. It also isn't fair to compare the Quatuor Bernede to, say, the JACK or Arditti Quartets, in 'ST-4', but they really do just fine, and the vintage 'smell' is priceless! The performance of 'Nomos Alpha' by Pierre Penassou isn't as good as Palm's, but it can hold its own against some of the lesser performances such as Strauch.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Michael Schell on June 6, 2010
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I'm delighted that EMI has released these classic recordings of some of Xenakis's best-regarded instrumental works from the 1950s and 1960s. Akrata and Achorripsis are two of my favorite Xenakis pieces, and bizarre as it may seem, I have fond memories of having sex to Akrata on one occasion with another college student many years ago. Even if your associations are less visceral, I think it's clear that it's one of the most important 20th Century works for wind ensemble, along with Stravinsky's Symphonies of Wind Instruments, Varèse's Intégrales and Déserts, Messiaen's Et Exspecto... and several others. Speaking of Varèse, his influence can be heard in Akrata's repeated notes (not to mention the emphasis on dissonant intervals. Conversely, Akrata's influence can be heard in Ligeti's Ten Pieces for Wind Quintet.

The budget price is a plus. Drop a few bucks on this twofer and transport yourself back to a more exciting time in music history.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By brotagonist on May 27, 2013
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Although Konstantin Simonovich had been the leading director of new music in the 1960s, few recordings are currently available. It was this double album that initially turned my ears to the music of Iannis Xenakis. Works of note are Atrées, Morsima-Amorsima, ST/10, Akrata and Achorripsis, a number of which can presently only be found on this essential set.
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In the Sixties, conductor Konstantin Simonovich was a major supporter of Iannis Xenakis's music and recorded some of Xenakis's early works. While some classic recordings stayed available into the digital era, others were long restricted to studio vaults until EMI brought out this 2CD reissue.

Simonovich conducts ensembles of various sizes in "Achoripsis" for 21 players (1956-1957), "ST/10-1080262" for 10 players (1962), "Atrées" for 11 players (1956-1962), "Morsima-Amorsima" for piano, violin, cello and double bass (1956-1962), "Akrata" for sixteen winds (1964-1965), and "Polla ta dhina" for children's choir and ensemble (1962). The set also features two solo pieces, "Herma" for piano" (1960-1961, Georges Pludermacher) and "Nomos Alpha" for cello (1965-66, Pierre Penassou), and the string quartet "ST/4" (1952-1962, Quatuor Bernède).

The works here span the late 1950s to mid 1960s. What set Xenakis apart from other composers was his interest in mathematics, and the pieces here represent some of the most rigorously mathematics-based music of his career: pieces based on probability, game theory, Boolean algebra, and set theory. Most of the ensemble works here (all part of the "ST10" series) were written with the help of an IBM 7090 computer to generate probabilities. In the 1950s and 1960s, Xenakis was critical of composers writing serialist pieces. Ironically, many decades most of his own music from this era hardly seems any different. These pieces feature a lot of pointillism, wide leaps, and an absence of any discernible thematic writing.
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