Though I was familiar with the Arditti set of String Quartet, I had purposely stayed away from the Orchestral Scelsi on You Tube until I could hear these legendary recordings for myself in privacy. I had imagined, from all the reading, what these pieces MUST sound like...
I was relatively wrong! WOW!! Nothing could have prepared me for lies within this Box, and I speak as a General Music Lover,... Metalheads especially should find the Truth here... anyone seeking and searching will find many of their questions answered here.
At first this set overwhelmed me, and it was all I could listened to for many weeks, as I attempted to make sense of the different pieces (and also using the disc of String Orchestra pieces conducted by Dessy on Forlane). The 'Quattro Pezzi per Orchestra' is the easiest to initially grasp, though it sets up the general atmosphere that will be followed throughout.
There are many felicities: the Ondes Martenot in 'Uaxuctum'; the braying horn sound that jumps out of the first movement of 'Hurqualia'; and the single harp flourish of (I think) 'Aeon'. These three pieces particularly seem to be able to tell a story using a completely different, yet totally natural, musical language than anything that came before it. Scelsi's Mayan apocalypse is much different than Varese's (though, there are similarities between them, not least the predominance of winds). Along with the very small 'Pfhat' from the '70s, these I think are the ones I return to the most (which really makes me feel guilty for all of this music is incredible).
The later works become much more saturated and dense and thick sounding, including 'Anahit' and 'Hymnos'. That leaves the last of the '60s' works, 'Konx-Om-Pax', which seems a sum-up; and the String Orchestra piece 'Chukrum' which segues nicely into that other Dessy disc.
I don't know anyone who's not blown away by this revelation. BUY IT NOW!!