Xenakis: Dammerschein; Persephassa; La Deesse Athena For Baritone, Percussion & Chamber Ensemble
 
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Xenakis: Dammerschein; Persephassa; La Deesse Athena For Baritone, Percussion & Chamber Ensemble

April 22, 1997

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  Song Title Artist
Time
Popularity  
1
Dämmerschein Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic & Juan Pablo Izquierdo
11:01
2
Persephassa Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic, Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic & Juan Pablo Izquierdo
26:38
3
La Déesse Athéna Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic & Juan Pablo Izquierdo
8:07
4
Amériques Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic, Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic & Juan Pablo Izquierdo
23:52

Product Details

  • Original Release Date: April 22, 1997
  • Label: Mode
  • Copyright: (C) 1997 Mode
  • Total Length: 1:09:38
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  • ASIN: B000S5A9GC
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #461,785 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
It's a real shame they couldn't get "Koiroanoi' and 'Sea-Change' on here, the only two late orchestral works by Xenakis not to see the light of day (surely there are recordings of the premieres?), but we have 'Dammerschein' which is... well, I like it,... it's just hard for me to judge Xenakis's later works, they're all similar yet different,... 'Dammerschein' might be one of the most involved, with more stuff going on,... it certainly compliments the Tamayo recordings. It certainly mitigates against the idea that all late Xenakis is made out of slow moving boulders. There ARE glissandi in late Xenakis if you're willing to listen for them!

'La Deesse Athena' is a funky little work, with the standard Xenakis tenor/falsetto part. Musically it may remind of Varese's 'Octandre', being for similar forces. Surely the noob will not be attracted to this, as I have struggled with it, what, for 15 years, haha? 1992 may not have been his best year. Either way, at this point, it's just another cherished Xenakis trifle that I come around to every now and then. When will get 'Zythos' and some other unrecorded late stuff?

'Persephassa' here is ok, but I listen to the original Percussions de Strassbourg. Surely the version on the other Mode set by Schick & Co. is better, but, for me, that is a set that I just didn't feel I needed (how will I be able to hold out?).

btw- I like the siren in this Varese!

So, essential for 'Dammerschein', and for completists, the Athena piece. 'Dammerschein' is a great piece.

EDIT 1/22/2014

I'm giving this 4 Stars. It has withstood the test of time, and is a unique programme, and I think its stature needs to be elevated a bit.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dämmerschei is glorious... the rest... April 8, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Dammerschein is glorious, large orchestral blocks of music intersecting like a stormy sky. Way too short at only around 9 minutes! Of the other two Xenakis tracks; Perephassa is the all-percussion long-form 'famous' track which really does not get interesting untill after minute 16. Athéna has a silly falsetto vocal, it is hard to sit through. The CD concludes with a dynamic version of Varèse's Amériques. This is not the "must have" version - That would be the Utah Symphony recording from 1973 - this is the "different" version, in that it is more overly-dynamic than most. The siren almost obliterates the classic ending in this recording, it is just so loud. The playing on some of the fast, technical, instrumental-runs are blurred-over as well. Still, it is an exciting performance and recording of the composition.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not a good Introduction to Xenakis June 26, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I made the mistake of buying this disk as an introductory to Xenakis's music. If you're a beginner in studying the music of Xenakis, then you may want to start out with the Choral works or the Pliades. But if you're a long time Xenakis fan, then this music is just for you. Don't get me wrong, the music is fascinating. But if you're just starting out with Xenakis, don't buy this disk.
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4 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a good Introduction to Xenakis June 26, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I made the mistake of buying this disk as an introductory to Xenakis's music. If you're a beginner in studying the music of Xenakis, then you may want to start out with the Choral works or the Pliades. But if you're a long time Xenakis fan, then this music is just for you. Don't get me wrong, the music is fascinating. But if you're just starting out with Xenakis, don't buy this disk.
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