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Iannis Xenakis (1922-2001)

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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.

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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 10 - Complete String Quartets

Xenakis Edition Volume 10 - Complete String Quartets


Xenakis:

Tetras

Tetora

ST-4/1,080262

Ergma


The JACK Quartet

The first complete recording of Xenakis' string quartets, recorded in surround sound with full video.This body of work represents one of the most important contributions to music for strings of the post-World War II era.

The first new recording of Xenakis' first three quartets since 1994.

The only available recording of Xenakis' last quartet, 'Ergma', from 1994.

The first commercial release by the JACK Quartet, a young New York/Boston based group that has been garnering high praise for their performances of complex and challenging new music.The members of the quartet met while attending the Eastman School of Music, New York.The quartet has since studied closely with the Arditti Quartet, Kronos Quartet, Muir String Quartet, and members of the Ensemble Intercontemporain.

Liner notes by James Harley.

Surround Sound: the studio recording process was dynamically captured by a multiple camera shoot. Each quartet is given its own visual treatment. Directed by Tim Chu

“ I would never have expected to see a crowd at a downtown nightclub erupting with whoops after performances of four hypercomplex, cutting-edge string quartets by Iannis Xenakis. But in this setting these dense and kinetic works came across to this open-minded audience as just more hip, wild, out-there contemporary music." The New York Times, Sunday, December 21, 2008

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Xenakis Edition Volume 9 - Electronic Works 2

Xenakis Edition Volume 9 - Electronic Works 2


Xenakis:

Polytope de Cluny

Hibiki-hana-ma for 7-channel tape

NEG-ALE

soundtrack for the film 'Vasarely' with restored film and audio


Mode continues it's Xenakis Edition with the second volume dedicated to his electronic works, again restored from the best quality source materials.

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Xenakis Edition Volume 8 - Kraanerg

Xenakis Edition Volume 8 - Kraanerg


Xenakis:

Kraanerg for 23 instruments and 4-channel tape

In surround with full video plus interviews

Tim Chu (video)


The Callithumpian Consort, Stephen Drury

Kraanerg may be one of Xenakis' most popular, and infamous, works for ensemble grouped into woodwinds, brass and strings.The title, Kraanerg, is a composite of two Greek words: "kraan", meaning to perfect, to accomplish; and "erg", signifying energy. Comissioned for the gala opening of the National Arts Centre (NAC) in Ottawa, Canada in 1968, Kraanerg was the score to a ballet choreographed by Roland Petit with 'op-art' sets by Victor Vasarely. Petit did not impose a programme or 'story' on the composer, but chose to work with the materials Xenakis provided.According to Xenakis' programme notes, the title also referred to current youth movements: 1968 being a significant year in modern social history, his utopian vision of the upcoming "biological struggle between generations unfurling all over the planet, destroying existing political, social, urban, scientific, artistic and ideological frameworks on a scale never before attempted by humanity."

This powerful statement can be felt in the music.

The dramatic 4-channel tape is derived from a recording of the orchestra which is transformed and distorted. Its sonic textures kaleidoscopically expand the range of expression while at the same time remaining connected to the instrumental material. Restored for this release from high resolution transfers of the analogue masters by German electronic composer Daniel Teige, revealing greater details in the texture and a wider dynamic range than previously heard on any Kraanerg recording.

96khz/24-bit high resolution.

SPECIAL DVD FEATURES:

Full 77-minute performance video including specially created visuals for the tape interludes by director Tim Chu.

35-minute Interview on Kraanerg with Xenakis experts Gerard Pape and James Harley, writer Françoise Xenakis (the composer's widow), and dancer Veronica Tenant (who danced in the 1968 premiere).

Additional Interview with Daniel Teige on the restoration of the analogue tape.

“It is a wonderful piece of music, enthralling, and one that grips the mind and the heart.… one of the major ballet scores of the century.” New York Times, 1968

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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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