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VARESE: Orchestral Works, Vol. 1 - Arcana / Integrales / Deserts

Composer(s):Varese, Edgard
Artist(s) Lyndon-Gee, Christopher, Conductor • Polish National Radio Symphony OrchestraCastets, Maryse, soprano
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber MusicOrchestralVocal
Catalogue 8.554820
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Review By Graham Dwyer,The Daily Yomiuri (Tokyo),October 2001

"On this disc is a selection of the composer's works from his heyday, the 1920s, including such orchestral pieces as the substantial Arcana, three miniature movements of Octandre, the Offrandes for soprano and chamber orchestra, and Integrales. The CD rounds off with Deserts, composed in the 1950s after a long compositional silence and juxtaposing two-track tape with chamber music.

The two lyrical soprano movements of Offrandes (assuredly sung by France's Maryse Castets) are the most approachable works here, while most of the others reflect the musical crisis and search for a new artistic direction that faced the majority of composers in the first three decades of the 20th century.


Review By Geoffrey Norris,The Daily Telegraph (Australia),August 2001

"This excellent disc on Naxos's budget label emphasises the trailblazing nature of his music in its uncompromising combination of timbres and its juxtaposition of violent, dissonant incident."


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