The New Music - Penderecki, Stockhausen, Brown, Posseur
Label: RCA Red Seal
This killer modern-music LP first came out in 1967, but was not digitally distributed until 2013. It's about time: pianist-composer Frederic Rzewski's take on the Stockhausen classic "Kontra-Punkte" is great to have back in the catalog. And though Kryzystof Penderecki's "Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima" is well known (in part thanks to Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood), the other pieces here -- by Earle Brown (the nutty "Available Forms I") and Henri Pousseur ("Rimes") -- are rarities. The performances are good for any era; taken together, they makes for a key mid-20th century sampler.
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