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Uploaded on Feb 22, 2009
From 1918-21 Ever since childhood, the word America had meant to Varèse "all discoveries, all adventures... the Unknown". His first composition after the arrival in the United States on December 29, 1915, was Ameriques. To him the title symbolized 'new worlds' on earth, in space, in the mind, but not specifically geographic ones.
With 27 woodwinds, 29 brass and the largest percussion battery at that time, Varèse stretched the post-romantic orchestra to breaking point, weaving a towering tapestry from unimaginable sonic strands.
Performed by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra under Riccardo Chailly