Varèse: Amériques, Boulez (CD)

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Discs: 1
Record Label: Deutsche Grammophon
Release Date: June 5, 2012

Amériques is given a blazing performance — particularly in the use of brass. As a picture of Manhattan, it is both aggressive and static — a picture as raw in the blocks of sound it conveys as the streamlined steeliness of the skyscrapers the sound mimic.” — MusicWeb International

A champion of twentieth century composers, Pierre Boulez leads the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in the music of Edgard Varèse. Described by the conductor as an “outsider,” “longer,” and, lovingly, “a skeleton from a junk shop,” Varèse’s music embraces a sense of pulse and rhythm unequal to his peers and evokes graphic musical imagery throughout.

2001 Grammy® Award, Best Orchestral Performance

Contents:

Varèse Amériques
December 1995, Orchestra Hall, Chicago

Varèse Arcana
December 1996, Orchestra Hall, Chicago

Varèse Déserts
December 1996, Orchestra Hall, Chicago

Varèse Ionisation
December 1995, Orchestra Hall, Chicago