This page lists all recordings of Nuits, by Iannis Xenakis (1922-2001) on CD & download (MP3 & FLAC). Generally, more recent releases are listed first, but with priority given to those that are in stock.
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Xenakis: Choral Music
for male or female choir and instrumental ensemble (1977)
for 12 mixed voices a cappella
for mixed choir (1981)
for mixed choir (1990)
stage music for men's chorus and instrumental ensemble (1967)
New London Chamber Choir, Critical Band, James Wood
“This enterprising release is a great success, showing just how varied – and unintimidating – Xenakis's music can be. The performances are nothing short of phenomenal in their technical assurance and emotional power, and the recording is also something special, giving the singers just the right degree of space and resonance to project the often complex textures with all the necessary precision. The earliest works offer different angles on the composer's ultra-expressionist idiom, with Nuits (1967) adopting a very direct way of representing its anguished lament for the martyrs of Greece's struggle for freedom after 1945. Medea (also 1967) uses much more text, and its chant-like style has affinities with Stravinsky's Les noces, but the overall effect is much harsher, with abrasive yet imaginative instrumental writing. A Colone (1977) also has Stravinskian affinities, and the text (Sophocles's description of the delights of Colonus) prompts music which is uninhibitedly exuberant. This warmer, more celebratory side of Xenakis is carried over into Serment (1980), a short setting of a text derived from the Hippocratic Oath and not, one suspects, an entirely serious effort, though there's nothing trivial about it either. Finally, the superb Knephas ('Darkness') of 1990 begins in an appropriately unsparing manner, but ends with a hymnic apotheosis which recalls Messiaen in its harmonic character and warmth of atmosphere. Here is one of the 20th century's most important musical voices, and this recording does it full justice.” Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010
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Nuits - weiß wie Lilien
Choral music from the 20th century
Schola Heidelberg, ensemble aisthesis, Walter Nußbaum
(also available to download from $10.50)
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Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, Manfred Schreier
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Xenakis: Alpha & Omega
Universal Music pays tribute to the composer with this keenly priced 4 CD set. Most of the recordings found here are making a comeback to the catalogue, some are first time onto CD. Ten years after his death, the innovativeness of his music has lost none of its force and clearly marks him out as an essential composer of our time.
“this is an extraordinary collection of pieces; several of which are among the most ear-stretchingly dissonant, exciting and uncompromising you’ll ever hear...And however hard it is to pin down exactly why, Xenakis’s wildest outbursts always sound controlled, cunningly organised...None of this music is easy listening, but it’s impossible not to be impressed by such craggy, exhilarating physicality.” The Arts Desk, 22nd October 2011
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