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Would the composer want them to sound this nice?

Boulez takes the experimental edge off of most of this music. Seems he is exploring the more traditional aspects of Varése. This approach works best in "Déserts." It's electronic interludes are omitted and this gives the amorphous work a fresh sound. On "Amériques" and "Arcana," the large room recording makes these dynamic tracks sound like an approaching storm. "Ionisation" is the only track to suffer from the too-diffuse micing. I still prefer the much more wild, harsher recordings from the 1960s. This newer take on the composer is suitable for listeners with more conservative tastes. Now be warned - there really is no taming this "Stratospheric Colossus of Sound."


Formed: 1891 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Classical

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The Chicago Symphony Orchestra is one of the three most acclaimed orchestras in America at the end of the century (the others being the New York Philharmonic and the Boston Symphony Orchestra), and one of the few serious rivals that the New York Philharmonic has had in its long history. Curiously, the histories of the two orchestras are somewhat intermingled. Theodore Thomas had organized and led orchestras in New York during the 1870s and 1880s, competing with the Philharmonic Society of New York...
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Boulez Conducts Varése: Amériques, Arcana, Déserts & Ionisation, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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  • Genres: Classical, Music
  • Released: Jun 19, 2001

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