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Mode 217: Xenakis - Works with Piano | Morsima-Amorsima

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Published on Mar 16, 2011

[excerpt] Also available in surround sound on DVD (see below).

Aki Takahashi, piano. Callithumpian Consort, Stephen Drury cond.


Pianist Aki Takahashi follows up her acclaimed first disc of Xenakis piano works (Mode 80, which won a Diapason d'or) with this second volume of works for piano with instruments.

She is joined by an all-star cast of players: Rohan de Saram (formerly of the Arditti Quartet), The JACK Quartet, and the Callithumpian Consort conducted by Stephen Drury.

All works are underrepresented in current recordings or difficult to find at all.

The legendary EONTA — a blistering work with one of the most difficult piano parts ever written — receives its first new recording in over 10 years. The brass writing specifies spatialized movement for the brass players — including playing directly into the piano for its resonance — both dramatic to see and hear, captured in surround sound.

AKEA (1986), written for Claude Helffer and the Arditti Quartet, is not a typical addition to the romantic tradition of the piano quintet. It signaled the beginning of a more inward, reflective phase of Xenakis' output.

MORISIMA/AMORSIMA was composed with the aid of a computer in 1962. This is the only readily available recording.

PAILLE IN THE WIND (1992) for piano & cello is performed with Rohan de Saram. This is the only available recording.

Original hi-definition 96khz/24-bit recording.

Also available on 5.1 surround DVD with full HD video directed by Tim Chu.

The DVD also contains an option for high-definition 96khz/24-bit stereo audio.

Liner notes by Benoît Gibson.

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