- Audio CD (17 Oct 2011)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD
- Label: El
- ASIN: B005K2SJB0
- Other Editions: MP3 Download
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 208,345 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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* Edgard Varese devoted his life to a search for a new universe of sounds and the Frank Zappa was his most ardent follower. Varese ideas can be heard on almost any Zappa / Mothers of Invention album "I can't give you any structural insights or academic suppositions about how his music works or why I think it sounds so good. His music is completely unique. If you haven't heard it yet, go hear it."
* Zappa (like Charlie Parker and the progressive rock group Yes, who opened their concerts with excerpts from The Firebird) was also a great admirer of Igor Stravinsky. The Rite of Spring caused one of the most notorious scandals in musical history. Never had an audience heard music so brutal, savage, aggressive and apparently chaotic; It hit the public like a hurricane. Apparently the whistling and booing at the premiere was so loud it drowned out the orchestra - yet the work ultimately became one of the most famous compositions in the whole of modern music literature. The furious Antal Dorati version included here is regarded as one of the greatest recordings of this tumultuous work.
* Claude Debussy was a pioneer of musical impressionism. His work was influenced by the painters Monet and Turner and by Javanese music and his advocates include Eno, Beatles producer George Martin, Ken Russell and Antonio Carlos Jobim. His mature compositions, distinctive and appealing, combined modernism and sensuality so successfully that their sheer beauty often obscures their technical innovation.
* Jeux (Games) was a one-act ballet on a contemporary theme, a tennis match, written for Diaghilev's Ballets Russes to choreography by Nijinsky. Eclipsed by the controversies surrounding The Rite of Spring in 1913, it is now - almost a hundred years later - it stands as a revelation; Debussy's final and most enigmatic orchestral work.