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Iannis Xenakis (1922-2001)

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Xenakis Edition Volume 14 - Ensemble Music 4

Xenakis Edition Volume 14 - Ensemble Music 4

Le dépassement de soi


Xenakis:

Linaia-Agon (1972) for trombone, French horn & tuba

presented in both filmed studio and a live performances

Benny Sluchin (trombone), Jens McManama (horn), Jérémie Dufort (tuba)

Zythos

red fish blue fish, Steven Schick

OTHER FEATURES in addition to the musical performances:

• Linaia-Agon by Iannis Xenakis: Surpassing One’s Limits

A film by Benny Sluchin (78 minutes), which explores the work in detail through films & recordings of Xenakis himself (in rare footage) and a wide group of people speak of the music and Xenakis’ relation to Greek mythology, mathematics, open-form composition, game theory and computer assisted performance.

Sluchin explains the development of the computer interface which assists with the performance with, in alphabetical order, Moreno Andreatta, Gérard Assayag, Jérémie Dufourt, Sharon Kanach, Mikhail Malt, Jens McManama, Pierre Michel, Benny Sluchin, Makis Solomos, and Iannis Xenakis.

• Iannis Xenakis on 'Double Audition': French radio broadcast from 1974 on 'Linaia-Agon'. Xenakis is interviewed, with two complete performances and musical excerpts live in the studio (57:31, no video)

• INTERACTIVE INTERFACE allows the viewer to perform the piece on computer using sound samples, engaging in a musical battle while gathering points to reveal the final victor. The DVD includes a filmed demonstration of how to use this interface which can be accessed on the internet.

• The films are in French with English and French subtitles.


The documents presented on this DVD propose a musical journey through this wide range of topics focused on Iannis Xenakis and his work 'Linaia Agon'. Conceived by the great new music trombonist Benny Sluchin, it is an interpreter’s quest for truth regarding musical creation, a legendary composer and musical performance at the beginning of the 21st century.

'Linaia-Agon' (1972) scored for the unusual combination of trombone, French horn & tuba, was an unduly neglected work because of performance problems in the printed score. Those remained unresolved until a computer interface was developed recently by IRCAM in collaboration with Benny Sluchin. It is a 'game' piece in which 3 musicians, representing the legendary Greek musician Linos [trombone] against the god Apollo [French horn & tuba], battle each via musical strategies in the score. No two versions of this piece will be the same. 'Zythos' is one of Xenakis’ last works. Previously issued on MODE261, this DVD release is the first in surround sound with full video directed by Anton Cabaliero.

(DDD) Region 0, NTSC, 16:9, colour

Language: French, Subtitles: English, French

PCM Stereo, 5.1 Dolby & DTS Surround

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Musica Viva Festival Munich 2008

Musica Viva Festival Munich 2008

10 films by Peider A. Defilla


Furrer:

Konzert für Klavier und Orchester

Lentz, M:

Boxgesang über 12 Runden

Messiaen:

Un Sourire (1989)

Nancarrow:

Study for Player Piano 41

Pagh-Paan:

In luce ambulemus

Pesson:

Aggravations & final

Poppe:

Keilschrift

Xenakis:

Antikhthon

Zender:

Logos - Fragmente (2007)


The ‘musica viva’ series was founded in 1945 by Karl Amadeus Hartmann and has become one of the most significant forums for contemporary music world-wide. In January and February 2008, a 3 week festival took place in Munich, the first time that such an event had been held in the series. This DVD includes10 films by Peider A. Defilla, covering the most important concerts of the festival.

English Subtitles

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Xenakis Edition Volume 12 - Charisma X

Xenakis Edition Volume 12 - Charisma X

a film by Efi Xirou


includes:

Xenakis:

Charisma


Live musical excerpts performed by:

Sylvio Gualda (percussion -Psappha), Elisabeth Chojnacka (harpsichord -Naama), Benny Sluchin (trombone -Keren), Frances-Marie Uitti (cello), Lori Freedman (clarinet -Charisma), Christophe Roy (cello -Nomos Alpha) & Spiros Sakkas (voice -Oresteïa)

Charisma X presents the visionary work and ideas of Greek composer and architect Iannis Xenakis, structured around musical performances, interviews and testimonies from Xenakis’ collaborators and those with a deep understanding of his work.

Xenakis appears in rare historical footage…talking about his multimedia electronic work La Legende d’eer, with film of the performance and the Diatope in front of the Pompidou Centre; he demonstrates the UPIC, the computer which he designed that allows music to be drawn on a computer screen; speaking about his opera Oresteïa and various Greek legends which influenced his work.

It explores the relationship between his music and architecture, including working for Le Corbusier. His architectural achievements of the Philips Pavilion at Expo 58, the convent of La Tourette, his home in Corsica, and the houses he designed for his daughter Mâkhi and composer Mâche are shown.

The film also includes an interview with an eyewitness to Xenakis’ devastating injury which he suffered as a Resistance fighter in Athens (1945), which has affected his life and work.

Directed by: Efi Xirou; Produced by: Gina Petropoulou with Vox-documentaries, Greek Film Centre, ERT

With commentary from: Georges Aperghis, François-Bernard Mâche, Gerard Pape, Curtis Roads, George Koumentakis; and featuring Françoise Xenakis (author & Xenakis’ wife), Makis Solomos, Sharon Kanach, Mâkhi Xenakis...

16:9 widescreen, Region 0 (playable all regions), NTSC

Greek, French & English, with Subtitles: English, French,

German, Greek

62 minutes

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Xenakis Edition Volume 11 - Works with Piano

Xenakis Edition Volume 11 - Works with Piano


Xenakis:

Eonta

Callithumpian Consort, Stephen Drury

Morsima-Amorsima for piano, violin, cello & double-bass

Callithumpian Consort, Stephen Drury

Akea

JACK Quartet

Paille in the Wind

with Rohan de Saram (cello)


Aki Takahashi (piano)

Pianist Aki Takahashi’s follows up her acclaimed first disc of Xenakis piano works (which won a “Diapason d’or” in France, mode80) with this second volume — this time 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.

Includes the first new recording in over 10 years of Xenakis’ landmark EONTA (1963) for piano, 2 trumpets & 3 trombones — a blistering work which rates among the most difficult solo piano pieces ever written. Unique effects include requiring the brass players to move about the stage for spatialised effects, and to point the bells of the brass instruments into the piano and play to create resonance.

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 performed with Rohan de Saram. This is the only available recording

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

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Xenakis - Mythos und Technik

Xenakis - Mythos und Technik


Xenakis:

Syrmos

Synaphal

Theraps

Nekula


Bavarian Radio SO & Chorus, Lothar Zagrosek

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Xenakis Edition Volume 5 - Electronic Works 1

Xenakis Edition Volume 5 - Electronic Works 1

Includes a 60-minute interview with Iannis Xenakis by musicologist Harry Halbreich.


Xenakis:

La Légende d'Eer


La légende d'Eer is a powerful 7-channel electro-acoustic composition which Xenakis created to be played in Le Diatope, a curvaceous architectural construction designed by the composer, together with a visual component including laser lights. This multi-media work was composed for the opening of the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, where it was performed for three months and seen by thousands of people. <br><br>La Légende d'Eer is shown with a film by Bruno Rastoin, comprised of 350 stills made during the original performance of the work at the Diatope. These stunning images have been woven together into a film and are the only visual documentation made of the historic event.

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