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Modern Classics - Edgard Varèse

Modern Classics
Released 17th OCTOBER 2011.Edgard Varese, Igor Stravinsky, Claude Debussy; the most influential musicans of the 20th century, each were composers of genius; innovators of daring and courage, whose work also had a great deal of influence in musical genres outside of the classical field. Edgard Varese devoted his life to a search for a new universe of sounds and the Frank Zappa was his most ardent follower. Varese ideas can be heard on almost any Zappa / Mothers of Invention album "I can't give you any structural insights or academic suppositions about how his music works or why I think it sounds so good. His music is completely unique. If you haven't heard it yet, go hear it."

Zappa (like Charlie Parker and the progressive rock group Yes, who opened their concerts with excerpts from The Firebird) was also a great admirer of Igor Stravinsky. The Rite of Spring caused one of the most notorious scandals in musical history. Never had an audience heard music so brutal, savage, aggressive and apparently chaotic; It hit the public like a hurricane. Apparently the whistling and booing at the premiere was so loud it drowned out the orchestra - yet the work ultimately became one of the most famous compositions in the whole of modern music literature. The furious Antal Dorati version included here is regarded as one of the greatest recordings of this tumultuous work.
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Edgard Varèse - Ionisation / Density 21.5 / Intégrales / Octandre / Hyperprism / Robert Craft Conducts Woodwinds, /Of Pagan Russia / Part I: The Adoration Of The Earth / Part Ii: The Sacrifice / Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra Conductor Antal Dorati / Claude Debussy - Jeux (Games) - Poeme Danse / Orchestra Of The Theatre National L'opera De Paris Conductor Manuel Rosenthal
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His concerts in Europe, America, Japan and the Middle East offered a new kind of musical ritual, and his following amongst the young is such that one critic has called him the Pied Piper of Youth.

Stockhausen appears in Peter Blakes' famous collage for the front cover of Sgt Pepper and inspired The Beatles to experiment with techniques ranging from the use of reversed tape to the total abandonment of metre and melody - evidenced most notably on Revolution 9. New Directions In Music includes Stockhausen’s Étude (the composer’s first experimentation in musique concrète, and David Tudor s premiere recording of all four movements of Klavierstück XI. These works are complimented by Robert Craft’s historic New Directions in Music album comprising Stockhausens Zeitmasse (Time-measures) for five woodwinds and Pierre Boulez Le Marteau sans maître (The Hammer without a Master).

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Introducing….
At last the re-release of one of the best and rarest albums of the sunshine pop / light psychedelic harmony genre of the late sixties. The Four King Cousins “Introducing…” is one of the last undiscovered masterpieces of that golden age. Produced, arranged, and conducted by the great David Axelrod under the pseudonym Lex de Azevedo, the already seductive four female voices are charged still further by Axelrod's characteristic sensuality. The Four King Cousins covers of period material such as Bacharach-David's ‘This Girl's In Love With You’, Brian Wilson's ‘God Only Knows’ and Roger Nichols' ‘Love So Fine’ are as good as any contemporary recordings and compare favourably with giants such as Harper's Bizarre, the Association and the Free Design. Vocal music is currently undergoing a huge renaissance and Axelrod is big business and hip anyway… Our Price: £9.95

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America The Beautiful/Does The Sun Really Shine On The Moon
Gary McFarland blazed through the American music landscape of the 1960's and disappeared almost as fast as he appeared. Possessed of a brilliant melodic gift, he quickly distinguished himself on jazz projects with Gerry Mulligan, Stan Getz and Bill Evans and saw his first taste of wide popularity with the 'soft samba' album, where he explored the music of The Beatles with such sidemen as Antonio Carlos Jobim, Kenny Burrell, and Willie Bobo.the jazz Cognescenti, however, were not impressed, tending in those days to rather look down on popular music. Nonetheless, McFarland was a man of many faces and throughout the sixties he never looked back; scoring a jazz ballet, writing commercial jingles to pay the rent, and composing his largest orchestral work in the form of the inexplicably still unreleased score for the David Niven, David Hemmings Sharon Tate occult film '13' (otherwise known as 'eye of the devil'). By 1969 McFarland, like the United States, was in transition. having alienated his original uptight jazz fans, and not yet having been discovered by the long-haired crowd, he threw all his cards on the table in what was and remains his greatest work; 'America the Beautiful' is a stunningly original jazz-rock tone poem about the state of the country, circa 1968. With the environment in shambles, a seemingly endless war raging, and corporate greed running amuck, Gary expressed his outrage the only way he knew how: through music. It barely needs to be said this album is as relevant today as it was then. McFarland's trademark mix of gallows humour and sadness dominates this album, from the song titles ('suburbia-two poodles and a plastic Jesus') to the music itself. Listen and try not to be moved by the slash & burn guitar of Eric Gale on 'on this site..' or Snooky Young's mournful trumpet solo on 'last rites for the promised land', which was originally composed in 1963 for 4 black girls killed in an Alabama church bombing. After the intensity of 'America the Beautiful' this edition moves into a more relaxed mood, the flipside of McFarland's musical coin, 'Does the sun really shine on the moon?' a buoyant excursion through the pop charts of the day, it is suffused with his trademark vibes and vocalise including the super-funky flea market with its multi-tracked vibe solo, originally composed as a jingle for fresca(!) Moving into the seventies, McFarland would steer ever more towards pop, gaining confidence as a producer in the studio and releasing two albums ('today' & 'butterscotch rum)' which remain, perhaps, the two last great undiscovered pop classics of that era. It all came crashing down on November 2, 1971 when, celebrating the end of a particularly gruelling recording session, McFarland ingested a drink with a fatal overdose of liquid methadone. Some say he was the victim of a malicious prank, others that it was misadventure (McFarland was not without his share of personal demons). Whatever happened, it ended a remarkable musical career. He was 38 years old. Our Price: £9.95

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Released 27/11/08. Born in London circa 1540, William Byrd was the foremost composer of the Elizabethan age. A master of keyboard music and the madrigal as well as Latin and English church music, he was an organist and member of the sovereign's private religious establishment, the Chapel Royal. Yet he remained throughout his life a dedicated Roman Catholic who was persecuted as a recusant and who upheld through his art the old faith. For many, Byrd’s Masses represent the pinnacle of his work. Inspired in part by the archaic compositions of John Taverner, yet also admitting the influence of European composers such as Palestrina, they are dark, mystical and intimate works that often reach an intensity unusual for Renaissance times, with the Agnus Dei of the Mass for Five Voices in particular culminating in some of the most poignantly beautiful music ever composed. Our Price: £9.95

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