IANNIS XENAKIS (1922-2001): Metastaseis A (original version for 65 orchestral players - First Recording) (Orchestra Sinfonica RAI), Terretektorh, Nomos Gamma.
Catalogue Number: 11T047
Reference: CD 299
Description: Xenakis completists will be interested in the original version of the piece that landed him on the international avant-garde scene in 1955. Premiered by Hans Rosbaud, it was Hermann Scherchen who got Xenakis to revise the score which mostly involved cutting the number of viola players needed and redistributing their parts to the cellos while adding to the bass section. Detailed notes tell you all you’d want to know about all three works. Given that Terretektorh and Nomos Gamma distribute their 88 and 98 musicians througout the audience, the Blu-Ray audio version of this release in surround sound would be interesting for collectors who are set up for it (but wouldn’t a surround-sound video be even better?). Residentie Orchestra The Hague; Arturo Tamayo.