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Symphonic Music - Released October 27, 2017 | ECM

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Don't be fooled by the album cover: the music recorded here is NOT Maderna, but Frescobaldi, Gabrieli and a few other composers from the same era, only orchestrated by Maderna. Among these late Renaissance and baroque works, as re-written, can be found, as a kind of pillar whose meaning in the album rather defies comprehension, the Sequenza XII by Berio which was initially conceived for a guitar solo and transcribed by the composer for guitar and chamber orchestra under the name of Chemins V. The whole work is about orchestrations, re-editions, translations from other eras. When it comes to Maderna and other old composers, the interest is neither musicological nor historical, as the orchestrations were done in the 20th Century, with 20th-Century orchestral techniques. Maderna's work, dating from the 1950s to the 1970s, bears witness to the widespread interest in masters from the past, with new editions, exhumations, rediscoveries; and Monteverdi was played without overmuch concern for period instruments - even if Hindemith, for example, tried to perform L’Orfeo with what old instruments he was able to gather... Seen from this point of view, the Maderna orchestrations are almost recompositions, although without ever betraying or travestying the manuscript, as Stravinsky did with Pergolese: it sticks, for example, to a "baroque" orchestra from our times, without instruments which did not exist at the time. A truly interesting recording. © SM/Qobuz
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Concertos - Released September 28, 2018 | PentaTone

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Jazz - Released February 1, 1982 | ECM

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Classical - Released May 5, 1997 | ECM New Series

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Classical - Released February 21, 2005 | ECM New Series

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Classical - Released January 13, 2017 | Sinfonieorchester Basel

Recordings of Igor Stravinsky's great ballets in their original orchestral versions are numerous, and piano transcriptions are increasingly found on disc, though these different presentations are usually released under separate covers and seldom side by side in a box set. Because Dennis Russell Davies is equally gifted as a conductor and a pianist, and has mastered the technical and interpretive difficulties of L'Oiseau de feu, Pétrouchka, and Le Sacre du printemps, he makes the orchestral and keyboard performances cohere and complement each other in this remarkable four-CD box set. Performing the orchestral scores with the Sinfonieorchester Basel, and the piano reductions with his wife and musical partner, Maki Namekawa, Davies supplies the clarity and rigor demanded by these challenging works, while exploiting all the coloristic possibilities. The orchestral recordings are vibrant and lush, while the piano interpretations are notable for incisive attacks, nuanced phrasing, and clean textures, which Davies and Namekawa deliver meticulously. Davies uses his own transcription for piano four hands of L'Oiseau de feu, which he prepared from Stravinsky's solo piano arrangement, and the published piano four hands arrangements of Pétrouchka and Le Sacre du printemps, which have long since left the ballet rehearsal room to become staples of the recital hall. Highly recommended. © TiVo
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Classical - Released January 1, 2005 | Angel Records

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Classical - Released August 20, 1999 | ECM New Series

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Classical - Released November 18, 2008 | MusicMasters

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Classical - Released October 19, 1998 | ECM New Series

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Symphonic Music - Released September 24, 2010 | ARTE NOVA Classics

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Jazz - Released February 1, 1982 | ECM

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Classical - Released May 10, 2004 | ECM New Series

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Classical - Released November 1, 2000 | Musikproduktion Dabringhaus und Grimm (MDG)

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Classical - Released August 24, 1988 | Musikproduktion Dabringhaus und Grimm (MDG)

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Classical - Released September 15, 2005 | Phoenix USA

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Symphonic Music - Released September 24, 2010 | ARTE NOVA Classics

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Classical - Released December 1, 1995 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

Harrison-Ung-McPhee was one of the finest recordings of contemporary music to appear on a major label in the 1990s, a 1994 effort by the American Composers Orchestra under Dennis Russell Davies that appeared on UK Decca's imprint Argo. It features the Suite for Symphonic Strings of Lou Harrison, originally commissioned for the Louisville Orchestra in 1961 and first recorded under Robert Whitney for the orchestra's own label. The Suite for Symphonic Strings is one of Harrison's characteristic suites, cobbled together out of various movements ranging from throughout his career. However, this particular suite is one of his most successful efforts in that vein, and Harrison utilizes tasteful percussion to underscore imaginative tropes of old dance forms, ranging from French renaissance dances to the music evocative of Pacific Rim cultures, though he does not directly invoke them here. The other older work is Colin McPhee's imaginative concerto Tabuh-Tabuhan (1936) based on Balinese music; at the time Davies recorded it for Decca, this important work hadn't been seen on disc since Howard Hanson waxed it in the 1950s with Eastman-Rochester. The third, and most imaginative choice of the program, is Inner Voices by Cambodian composer Chinary Ung; this wildly colorful and strongly visionary piece is extremely flexible in its approach to orchestration and while unconventional, something about it captures the ear. Davies' Argo disc made a conspicuous number of strides in its time, among them, it demonstrated that contemporary orchestral music need not be punishing or uncompromisingly repetitive to be fresh, and that there is a sense of continuity from composers such as Harrison and McPhee to later developments, which, in mid-century, were regarded as isolated and cut off. However, when Polygram merged with Universal Music Group in 1998, the low-performing Argo line was one of the first labels trimmed from the roster, and this fine disc disappeared along with it. It was reissued in 2008 by the small Phoenix label. © TiVo
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Classical - Released June 1, 1994 | Decca Music Group Ltd.