Ballet Mécanique

(Phillips) Used LP $8.00 (Out-of-stock)

The notorious title track has a now-predictable history as a provoker of violence within the papered seats of the symphony hall, though it started as a soundtrack for a film by Fernand Léger and Dudley Murphy. This 1982 edition predates any performance of the piece as written, since the tools to synchronize all the instruments weren’t readily available until the 1990s (plus, its New York performance in 1927 was so godawful, fifty years had to elapse before anybody wanted to touch it). Includes “Jazz Symphony” performed by Netherlands Wind Ensemble, “Violin Sonata No. 1 Finale,” and “Violin Sonata No. 2” performed by Vera Beths (violin) and Reinbert De Leeuw (piano). Dutch pressing.