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Discover Music of the Twentieth Century

The 'Discover' series opens the door to key areas of classical music. Through a combination of illustrative music tracks and a richly filled booklet, the exploration is both revealing and enjoyable.

Includes music by Ravel, Schoenberg, Ives, Stravinsky, Bartók, Shostakovich, Messiaen, Britten, Cage, Reich, John Williams and others.

Author: David McCleery
2 CDs with 180-page booklet:

  • 25,000-word essay
  • Timeline of events in music, history, art & literature
  • Illustrated throughout

Even at the beginning of the new millennium, the words 'twentieth-century music' often inspire apprehension in audiences. While composers like Debussy, Vaughan Williams and Stravinsky have become concert-hall favourites, others such as Schoenberg, Boulez and Takemitsu are too often regarded as strange and unapproachable. Discover Music of the Twentieth Century is a comprehensive and easily digestible guide, leading us through the diverse, innovative and controversial musical history of this era. By describing the many different musical styles that flourished in the twentieth century and putting the music in its historical and social context, this booklet-and-CD set demystifies the whole subject of ‘modern’ music.



Disc 1

Debussy, Claude

  Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un faune
1.   Prelude a l'apres - midi d'un faune 00:10:33

Schoenberg, Arnold

  5 Piano Pieces, Op. 23: Walzer
2.   5 Piano Pieces, Op. 23: Walzer 00:03:30

Berg, Alban

  Violin Concerto, "To the memory of an angel": I. Andante - Scherzo
3.   Violin Concerto, "To the memory of an angel": I. Andante - Scherzo 00:11:29

Webern, Anton

  5 Pieces, Op. 10
4.   Sehr ruhig und zart 00:00:39
5.   Lebhaft und zart bewegt 00:00:32
6.   Sehr langsam und ausserst zart 00:01:43
7.   Fliessend, ausserst zart 00:00:33
8.   Sehr fliessend 00:01:03

Ravel, Maurice

  Le Tombeau de Couperin: III. Forlane: Allegretto
9.   Le Tombeau de Couperin: III. Forlane: Allegretto 00:06:30

Stravinsky, Igor

  Petrushka (excerpts)
10.   First Tableau: The Shrove - Tide Fair 00:05:08
11.   The Mountebank 00:01:49

Stravinsky, Igor
Massine, Leonide, lyricist(s)

  Pulcinella: Vivo
12.   Pulcinella: Vivo 00:01:41

Vaughan Williams, Ralph

  Symphony No. 3, "Pastoral": III. Moderato pesante
13.   Symphony No. 3, "Pastoral": III. Moderato pesante 00:06:29

Britten, Benjamin
Auden, Wystan Hugh, lyricist(s)

  Hymn to St Cecilia, Op. 27
14.   Hymn to St Cecilia, Op. 27 00:10:16

Janáček, Leoš

  Sinfonietta, JW VI/18: IV. Allegretto
15.   Sinfonietta, JW VI/18: IV. Allegretto 00:02:38

Bartók, Béla

  Concerto for Orchestra, Sz 116: I. Introduzione: Andante non troppo - Allegro vivace
16.   Concerto for Orchestra, Sz 116: I. Introduzione: Andante non troppo - Allegro vivace 00:10:51


Disc 2

Prokofiev, Sergey

  Lieutenant Kije Suite, Op. 60: II. Romance
1.   Lieutenant Kije Suite, Op. 60: II. Romance 00:04:49

Shostakovich, Dmitry

  Symphony No. 10, Op. 93: II. Allegro
2.   Symphony No. 10, Op. 93: II. Allegro 00:04:16

Gershwin, George

  Piano Concerto in F Major: III. Allegro agitato
3.   Piano Concerto in F Major: III. Allegro agitato 00:06:45

Williams, John

  Schindler's List: Main Theme
4.   Schindler's List: Main Theme 00:04:04

Ives, Charles

  The Unanswered Question
5.   The Unanswered Question 00:04:37

Varèse, Edgard

  Deserts (excerpts)
6.   Second Electronic Interpolation (conclusion) 00:01:53
7.   Third Electronic Interpolation (beginning) 00:04:18

Messiaen, Olivier

  Quatour pour la fin du temps (Quartet for the End of Time): I. Liturgie de cristal
8.   Quatour pour la fin du temps (Quartet for the End of Time): I. Liturgie de cristal 00:02:40

Boulez, Pierre

  Piano Sonata No. 3: IV. Commentaire
9.   Piano Sonata No. 3: IV. Commentaire 00:03:22

Stockhausen, Karlheinz
Stockhausen, Karlheinz, lyricist(s)

  Stimmung, Work No. 24 (excerpts)
10.   Warming up, leading to Model 1 (Bass) 00:03:03
11.   Model 2: 'Gott nochmal' (Mezzo) - GROGORAGALLY (Soprano II) 00:01:31
12.   Model 3: 'Vishnu' (Soprano II) - ELYON (Baritone) 00:00:52
13.   Model 4: USI - AFU (Tenor) 00:00:58

Cage, John

  Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano: First Interlude
14.   Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano: First Interlude 00:03:30

Reich, Steve

  New York Counterpoint: Movement 1
15.   New York Counterpoint: Movement 1 00:04:59

Adams, John

  Short Ride in a Fast Machine
16.   Short Ride in a Fast Machine 00:04:04

Tavener, John
Bible - New Testament, lyricist(s)

  The Lord's Prayer
17.   The Lord's Prayer 00:03:31

Gorecki, Henryk Mikolaj
Blazusiakowna, Helena Wanda, lyricist(s)

  Symphony No. 3, Op. 36, "Symphony of Sorrowful Songs": II. Lento e largo - Tranquillissimo
18.   Symphony No. 3, Op. 36, "Symphony of Sorrowful Songs": II. Lento e largo - Tranquillissimo 00:10:17

Birtwistle, Harrison

  Gawain's Journey (excerpts)
19.   Lullaby 00:01:50
20.   Vision of the Hunt I 00:01:27

Takemitsu, Toru

  Voice
21.   Voice 00:05:14

Total Playing Time: 02:33:24






Composer(s):
Adams, John; Bartók, Béla; Berg, Alban; Birtwistle, Harrison; Boulez, Pierre; Britten, Benjamin; Cage, John; Debussy, Claude; Gershwin, George; Gorecki, Henryk Mikolaj; Ives, Charles; Janáček, Leoš; Messiaen, Olivier; Prokofiev, Sergey; Ravel, Maurice; Reich, Steve; Schoenberg, Arnold; Shostakovich, Dmitry; Stockhausen, Karlheinz; Stravinsky, Igor; Takemitsu, Toru; Tavener, John; Varèse, Edgard; Vaughan Williams, Ralph; Webern, Anton; Williams, John

Lyricist(s):
Auden, Wystan Hugh; Bible - New Testament; Blazusiakowna, Helena Wanda; Massine, Leonide; Stockhausen, Karlheinz

Conductor(s):
Alsop, Marin; Bakels, Kees; Craft, Robert; Hayman, Richard; Howarth, Elgar; Klas, Eri; Lenard, Ondrej; Lyndon-Gee, Christopher; Mogrelia, Andrew; Rahbari, Alexander; Robinson, Christopher; Rose, Gregory; Sanderling, Stefan; Sinclair, James; Slovak, Ladislav; Wit, Antoni; Yuasa, Takuo

Orchestra(s):
Belgian Radio and Television Philharmonic Orchestra; Bournemouth Sinfonietta; Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; CSR Symphony Orchestra, Bratislava; Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra; Northern Sinfonia; Philharmonia Orchestra; Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra; Prague City Philharmonic Orchestra; Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra; Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra, Košice; Ulster Orchestra

Ensemble(s):
Amici Ensemble

Choir(s):
Singcircle; St. John's College Choir, Cambridge

Artist(s):
Aitken, Robert; Berman, Boris; Biret, Idil; Heaton, Roger; Hill, Peter; Hirsch, Rebecca; Kilanowicz, Zofia; Kormendi, Klara; Selby, Kathryn

Label: Naxos Educational

Genre: Ballet; Chamber Music; Choral - Sacred; Concertos; Film and TV Music; Instrumental; Orchestral; Vocal; Vocal Ensemble

Period: 20th Century; Contemporary

Catalogue No: 8.558168-69

Barcode: 636943816820

Physical Release: 10/2005

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