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Released: 21st Jan 2022


‘Notes From The Underground’ showcases landmark recordings which shaped the musical and cultural landscape of the 20th century.

Including major works like Stravinsky's 'Rite of Spring', 'Déserts' by Edgard Varèse, Edith Sitwell's 'Façade', Arnold Schoenberg's 'Pierrot Lunaire', and John Cage's 1940's compositions for prepared piano, which were absolutely revolutionary. Unveiled to the public, these works created a scandal that polarised audiences and sparked furious debate, bordering on serious public disorder. Other works, including Allen Ginsberg's epic poem 'Howl', Miles Davis' Third Stream interpretation of Rodrigo's ‘Concierto de Aranjuez’, and ballet music for 'Parade', composed by Erik Satie, even entered dangerous legal territory. Despite initial opposition, all cleared the prevailing air and proved to be universal in their influence. Some, among them, Karlheinz Stockhausen, John Coltrane, Pierre Boulez, Bill Evans, Ravi Shankar, Pierre Schaeffer, Gustav Mahler, Claude Debussy and Charles Ives, were real crusaders; innovators whose concerted musical explorations enabled them to acquire a deeper understanding of their art that would enable them to attain hitherto unknown creative heights. This presentation also includes music from four radical cinematic productions; Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí's incendiary 1929 surrealist short, Un Chien Andalou, from Lindsay Anderson's savage attack on the establishment, if.... Music from Electra by the Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis and from Patrick McGoohan's fantastical, highly provocative era-defining political allegory, The Prisoner.

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CLAUDE DEBUSSY 1 Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun) - London Symphony Orchestra / Conductor: Pierre Monteux IGOR STRAVINSKY Le sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring) (1913 version) Part One – ‘Adoration Of The Earth’ 2 Adoration Of The Earth - Introduction 3 The Augurs Of Spring - Dances of the Young Girls 4 Ritual of Abduction 5 Spring Rounds 6 Games of the Rival Tribes 7 Procession of the Sage 8 The Sage 9 Dance of the Earth Part Two – ‘The Sacrifice’ 10 The Sacrifice - Introduction 11 Mystic Circles of the Young Girls 12 Glorification of the Chosen One 13 Evocation of the Ancients 14 Ritual of the Ancients 15 Sacrificial Dance Boston Symphony Orchestra/Conductor: Pierre Monteux KARLHEINZ STOCKHAUSEN 16 Studie 1 PIERRE SCHAEFFER Two selections from Cinq études de bruits (Five Studies Of Noises) 17 Étude violette 18 Étude noire JOHN COLTRANE QUINTET FEATURING ERIC DOLPHY 19 My Favourite Things MUSIC FROM THE PRISONER A B & C (Episode 3 - On scientific intrusion into the mind) 20 Sidney Torch - Virtuosi Moderne - Off Beat Moods - Part 3 - Dramatic Sustained FALL OUT (episode 17 - on the exultation of individualism) 21 The Four Lads - Dry Bones

EDGARD VARÈSE 1 Déserts (World Premiere, 1954) Orchestre National de France / Conductor: Hermann Scherchen. Magnetic tape operator: Pierre Henry DAPHNE ORAM 2 Amphitryon 38 DAPHNE ORAM & DESMOND BRISCOE 3 The Ocean 4 Winter's Journey (intro) (1958) PIERRE BOULEZ 5 Sonatine for Flute and Piano MUSIC FROM UN CHIEN ANDALOU 6 Vicente Alvarez and his Tropical Orchestra - Tango Argentino MILES DAVIS 7 Concierto de Aranjuez (Adagio) from ‘Sketches Of Spain’ ALLEN GINSBERG 8 Howl