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Unclassical
FORMAT
CD

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SR 138CD SR 138CD
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RELEASE DATE
10/16/2000

"This disc presents the Unclassical aspect of our catalogue -- that is, music of today, performed for the most part with traditional acoustic instruments (piano, violin, cello...). Musicians, composers, and pieces, liberated of all dogma and far from the coteries or more practical application of theories. What we present here is a collection of the highspots in contemporary music -- many unpublished pieces for piano, violin, voices or ensemble by Morton Feldman, Luciano Berio, Luigi Dallapiccola, Giacinto Scelsi, Hanns Eisler, Stefan Wolpe. There's even a rare piece by the merican writer Paul Bowles, it ends the record in a way of hommage. Also featured are young composers who took their first breaths with Feldman. David Shea, with commissioned works for Ictus and the ensemble Musique Nouvelle, was a student of Feldman's in New York before becoming John Zorn's protégé in the alternative scene downtown. Brett Dean, viola player at the Berliner, and an Australian member of Frame-Cut-Frame, was, with David Shea, among the first to release successful works based on sampling. There are other young composers with vision too, like Jean-Luc Fafchamps and Renaud De Putter. Plus, included is an unreleased version of musical erratum by Marcel Duchamp, two pieces recorded in Italy by the Russolo Brothers (a murmur recorded in the beginning of the 20's -- a first step towards a musique bruitiste, électronique or concrète). There's also a 1911 recording performed by Claude Debussy himself, an extract from a piece composed by Henri Pousseur for the foundation of Paris' contemporary art center Beaubourg in 1977. Here you'll find the profound investigations pursued by the founders of the electronic music of the 50's and 60's throughout the world."