Xenakis: Complete Cello Works

Xenakis: Complete Cello Works
Arne Deforce / Ensemble musikFabrik
Aeon 1109

Contents:

  1. Nomos Alpha — for cello solo (1966)
  2. Charisma — for clarinet and cello (1971)
  3. Kottos — for cello solo (1977)
  4. Epicycles — for cello solo and 12 instruments (1989)
  5. Paille in the wind — for cello and piano (1992)
  6. Hunem-Iduhey — for violin and cello (1996)
  7. Roscobeck — for cello and contrabass (1996)
  8. Dhipli Zyia — for violin and cello (1951)

Performers: Arne Deforce (cello); Ensemble MusikFabrik - James Wood (#4); Benjamin Dieltjens (clarinet - #2), Daan Vandewalle (piano - #5), Wibert Aerts (violin - #6,8), Lode Leire (double bass - #7)

Playing time: 68'

Recording dates: February 2006 & July 2010 & September 2010; released: 2011

This is the most impressive recording of small-scale music by Xenakis at the time of its release. Cello technique is truly amazing throughout the program, and other performances are excellent too.

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Todd M. McComb