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WWE 1CD 20086
Iannis Xenakis
Anastenaria
1
Anastenaria - Procession aux eaux claires 10:59
2
- Le Sacrifice 04:45
3
- Metastaseis 09:04
4
Troorkh 18:14
5
Ais 16:21
Total Time 59:23
The baffling range revealed in the creative work of Iannis Xenakis has one fixed point so characteristic of his music: it is deeply rooted in the myths of the Greek and in other archaic structures. Despite the mathematically constructed structures of his pieces, his music always retains its authentic, earthy originality. Procession aux eaux claires, the first part of the Anastenaria, originally intended to be tripartite, is concerned with processions of various priests and members of their village communities who recite prayers together and perform certain rites. The second part, which portrays the blessing of the holy bulls, however, is not followed by a musical rendition of the climactic event of the ritual, the sacrifice of the beasts. This omission is intentional. Xenakis chose an entirely different piece, Metastaseis, as the end of the cycle, because, as he once said, it was such a great [compositional] step forward. In his trombone concerto Troorkh, Xenakis mostly uses glissandi and particular intervals, with the quint and tritone being used most often. As, the last piece on the present recording, forcefully traces original Greek mythology in texts by Homer and Sappho.
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