Xenakis: Quartet & Piano music

Xenakis: Musique de chambre (1955-1990)
Arditti String Quartet / Claude Helffer
Naïve Montaigne 782005 (2CDs)

Contents:

  1. Tetras (1983; string quartet)
  2. Mists (1980; piano)
  3. Kottos (1977; cello)
  4. Herma (1960-61; piano)
  5. Embellie (1981; viola)
  6. à r. (1987; piano)
  7. Mikka (1971; violin)
  8. Mikka S. (1976; violin)
  9. Akea (1986; piano quintet)
  1. Dikhthas (1979; violin & piano)
  2. Tetora (1990; string quartet)
  3. Nomos Alpha (1966; cello)
  4. Ikhoor (1978; string trio)
  5. Evryali (1973; piano)
  6. ST/4-1 (1955-1962; string quartet)

Performers: Irvine Arditti (violin), David Alberman (violin), Garth Knox (viola), Rohan de Saram (cello), Claude Helffer (piano)

Playing time: 152'

Recording dates: February, March, June, December 1991 (Köln, Paris)

Arditti Quartet Edition 13-14

It was not until 20 years after this recording was made that I replaced it as my favorite Xenakis recommendation. Even now, it continues to be valuable. It's amazing to think how well these performers handled this extremely difficult music, often for the first time.

This continues to be a very fine program, and continues to be reissued.

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T. M. McComb