Boulez Conducts Zappa: The Perfect Stranger
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Audio, Cassette, Original recording reissued, April 21, 1992
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Boulez did a great job. LSO annoyed me a little bit because they were acting like a bunch of jerks when Frank was paying them so much. The LSO weren't able to handle the complexity of Frank's music. I'm willing to bet they can't handle Varese's music either (though I haven't listened to any recordings by LSO of Varese's music).
So it's a toss between Orchestral Favorites and Perfect Stranger. I love both. Perfect Stranger has the edge though... it has Frank's synclavier and contains his darkest piece - Jonestown.
Tracks 1, 2, 4 are performed by a Frecnh orchestra conducted by Pierre Boulez while tracks 3, 5, 6 and 7 are performed without any human musicians on the "synclavier" machine.
The best piece on the album is track 4 (Dupree's Paradise). This "Dupree's Paradise" is the definitive version, surpassing the 24 minute version found on YCDTOSA vol. 2 and even the faster, big-band version found on "make a jazz noise here."
In other words, a beautiful, moving and relaxing piece.
Track 1 (The Perfect Starnger) makes its premiere here and is very experimental in the Stravinsky/Varese sort of way that Zappa occasionally emulated. Not a bad piece but nothing special either.
"Naval aviation in art?" is also heard here. However, this version is inferior to the original (and shorter) version found on the "orchestral favorites" album.
While "the girl in the magnesium dress" and "love story" are mediocre synclavier pieces, "Outside now again" is perhaps Zappa's most relaxing, yet simultaneously suspenseful, synclavier piece. ***A perfect track to put on "repeat" while reading or doing chores.
"jonestown" is a synclavier piece that would be the perfect composition in a very scary horror movie.
All in all, a great listen.
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You must not believe what Frank Zappa tells you what the music signifies, expresses or even means. It might be what he had in mind at the time of his starting the composition, but... Read morePublished on July 28, 2013 by Dr Jacques COULARDEAU
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No bull..it. This classical music by Frank is superb. Zappa did it again. This just to begin. I'll add something more specific in the afternoon. Read morePublished on February 13, 2006 by Jazzcat