GEORGE ANTHEIL

Ballet Mécanique

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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.

PIERRE HENRY

Remixe Sa Dixième Symphonie

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Hyper-contemporary album in which the master reconstructs Beethoven’s 10th symphony as a collage.

PIERRE HENRY

Intérieur Extérieur

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Recorded in 1996 “in the middle of Henry’s incredible museum of contraptions and machines of all kinds, and the tens of thousands of magnetic tapes accumulated over the years, rows by themes, which line all the walls of the house. Gurgling, choking, howls of terror, hoarse and monstrous cries, mad laughter; this journey into the depths of a subconscious which could also be ours is not easy. On some tracks, the rhythm is given by the distortion of samples from the Violent Femmes. In the second part of the work, the atmosphere calms down somewhat, but the listener remains lost in a dark landscape.”