Still have that Xenakis String Quartet DVD on my list, have to get that eventually.
A new Xenakis Chamber Music DVD "Works with Piano" is being released Jan. 26, 2010 ...
Eonta, for 2 trumpets, 3 trombones and piano (1963–64)
Morsima-Amorsima for piano, violin, cello & double-bass (1956-1962)
Akea, for piano and string quartet (1986)
Paille in the Wind, for cello and piano (1992)
This is madness! ::)Again, I have to get a whole cd of Eonta
just to get a 3min new piece. MADNESS! >:DWhen? When will Mode release reasonable recitals for this series? NEVER! obviously!
Ok, the 4 SQs, ok, I understand that,... though why they could've added...well, nevermind, that's fine, but practically every other release in their series is a big mixed up mish mash, IMHO. And NOW, Takahashi releases a second volume, seemingly gathering together the most head scratching Xenakis recital EVER, IMO. Ugh ugh ugh
Whew, I just gotta vent. I got a big boner when I saw your post, but then went limp.
I thought the first Takahashi disc was a bit odd, adding Palimpsest
and all, but why they couldn't have put Paille
on that one,... I don't know, honestly I'm not really looking forward to any more of these Mode discs. I personally think they've done a baffling job here documenting Xenakis,... simply adding new recordings of pieces we already have heard, while things like the great orchestral/choral trilogy (Cendrees, Anemoessa, Nekuia
) remain undone.
Can I get a witness?
Thanks for that great news about the new Xenakis DVD, which I see also has the JACK Quartet again. Their performance of the four string quartets on Friday night was just mind-blowing, and if anything, better than their concert two years ago. The venue--the 250-seat concert hall in the Morgan Library (below)--offered even better sound. As one friend put it, "I heard things I may have missed in the earlier performance."
Of the four, my two favorites remain ST/4 (1962) and Tetras (1983), each showing off the JACK musicians' virtuosity to the hilt. Their explosive reading of Tetras ended the program and got them huge cheers--the audience brought them out four or five times. (No encore, but I have no idea what could follow that quartet.)
Interestingly, neither Tetora (1990) nor Ergma (1994) has any glissando, one of the composer's often-used devices. The friend with me thought Ergma especially interesting, with its thick chords played fff sounding like an out-of-tune concertina.
We were sitting fairly close, in the fifth or six row, and were able to get glimpses of the scores, all fairly terrifying. It's a real testament to the abilities of these young musicians (all in their 20s, I believe) that they can play these pieces with such utter confidence and authority.
oh, someone has some good news!
THAT I would like to see!
2 other new X items recent to the market ...
Feb. 23rd this EMI issue ...>> LINK
back in Nov. 09 ..
all the Timpani releases were issued under one roof ...
And,... more depressing news
ok, I'm sure I will have to dutifully get the EMI, though, aren't many of those performances on the RZ Edition 2-cd? I'm so jaded now, I'm just not even that excited,...oh, what has become of my Xenakis mania?
And, the MOST DEPRESSING HINT of all is that Timpani has wrapped up their Xenakis series. Why else offer the five? Why not have offered the choral/orchestral trilogy also?
Why why why??
ok, here I wallow in my misery. Will I ever be satisfied with a Xenakis release again? Will the choral trilogy go unrecorded (a suspect not)? Will someone record good versions of the stuff that Mode fluffed (Plekto
And, WHY??, if they've got two cds of Takahashi now, did they not re-record Plekto
MADNESS, I tell you. Madness.
ok, the only silver lining I see is this. Remember how this series got started on Vandenberg, which released "Xenakis in N.Y.", and "Iannissimo!", and then folded, and then the same group continued with two cds for Mode, which then became that label's Vols 1-2?
Well, it appears that Mode is duplicating Eonta
from the Vandenberg disc, so maybe they will also re-record Kai, Kuillenn
, and other late Xenakis that, frankly, was horribly recorded.
ok,...now I have a headache. Please, someone soothe my fractured Xenakis nerves.