Various - Notes From The Underground: Radical Music Of The Twentieth Century


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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. 
When first unveiled to the public, many of these works created a scandal that polarised audiences and sparked furious debate, bordering on serious public disorder. Some works, such as 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. However, despite initial opposition, all stood the test of time and become almost universal in their influence. 
Many of the composers in this collection, among them, Karlheinz Stockhausen, John Coltrane, Pierre Boulez, Bill Evans, Ravi Shankar, Pierre Schaeffer, Gustav Mahler, Claude Debussy and Charles Ives, were real artistic 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


  1. Claude Debussy - 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’ (Boston Symphony Orchestra; conductor: Pierre Monteux): 
  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 
  16. Karlheinz Stockhausen - Studie 1 
    Pierre Schaeffer - Two selections from Cinq études de bruits (Five Studies Of Noises): 
  17. Étude violette 
  18. Étude noire 
  19. John Coltrane Quintet (feat. Eric Dolphy) - My Favourite Things 
    Music from The Prisoner
  20. Sidney Torch / Virtuosi Moderne / Off Beat Moods / Part 3 / Dramatic Sustained (episode 3 - 'A B & C': On scientific intrusion into the mind) 
  21. The Four Lads / Dry Bones (episode 17 - 'Fall Out': on the exultation of individualism) 
  1. Edgard Varèse - Déserts (World Premiere, 1954: Orchestre National de France; conductor: Hermann Scherchen; Magnetic tape operator: Pierre Henry) 
  2. Daphne Oram - Amphitryon 38 
  3. Daphne Oram & Desmond Briscoe - The Ocean 
  4. Daphne Oram & Desmond BriscoeWinter's Journey (intro) (1958) 
  5. Pierre Boulez - Sonatine for Flute and Piano 
    Music from Un Chien Andalou
  6. Vicente Alvarez and his Tropical Orchestra - Tango Argentino 
  7. Miles Davis - Concierto de Aranjuez (Adagio) (from Sketches Of Spain
  8. Allen Ginsberg - Howl 
Edith Sitwell & William Walton Façade - An Entertainment (1923): 
  1. Fanfare 
  2. Hornpipe 
  3. En Famille 
  4. Mariner Man 
  5. Trio For Two Cats And Trombone 
  6. Through Gilded Trellises 
  7. Tango Pasodoble 
  8. Scotch Rhapsody 
  9. Lullaby For Jumbo 
  10. Fox-trot 
  11. By The Lake 
  12. The Man From A Far Countree 
  13. Jodelling Song 
  14. Country Dance 
  15. Black Mrs. Behemoth 
  16. Popular Song 
  17. Polka 
  18. Waltz 
  19. Four In The Morning 
  20. Something Lies Beyond The Scene 
  21. Sir Beelzebub 
  22. Ravi Shankar - Kafi-Holi (Spring Festival of Colours) 
  23. Mikis Theodorakis - Electra Suite No. 9 
  24. Ornette Coleman Quartet - Kaleidoscope 
  25. Luciano Berio & Cathy Berberian - Thema (Omaggio a Joyce) for voice and tape 
    Les Troubadours Du Roi Baudouin - Missa Luba: 
  26. Kyrie 
  27. Gloria 
  28. Credo 
  29. Sanctus 
  30. Benedictus 
  31. Agnus Dei 
  32. Olivier Messiaen - Quatuor pour la fin du temps (Quartet for the End of Time) 8: Louange à l'immortalité de Jésus (Praise to the immortality of Jesus) 
  33. Bill Evans Trio - My Foolish Heart 
  1. Gustav Mahler - Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp minor IV. Adagietto, Sehr langsam (New York Philharmonic Orchestra; conductor: Bruno Walter) 
    John Cage - Four Sonatas (for Prepared Piano) (piano: Maro Ajemian): 
  2. Sonata VII 
  3. Sonata IV 
  4. Sonata II 
  5. Sonata III   
    Erik Satie - Parade (Ballet Suite) (French National Radio Orchestra; conductor: Manuel Rosenthal) 
  6. Prélude du rideau rouge (Prelude of the Red Curtain) 
  7. Prestidigitateur chinois (Chinese Conjurer) 
  8. Petite fille Américaine (Young American Girl) 
  9. Ragtime du paquebot (Ragtime of the Passenger Steamer) 
  10. Acrobates (Acrobats) 
  11. Suite au prélude du rideau rouge (Continuation of the Prelude of the Red Curtain) 
    Arnold Schoenberg - Pierrot Lunaire, Op.21 (1912) / Part 1 (speaker: Helga Pilarczyk; conductor: Pierre Boulez) 
  12. Mondestrunken 
  13. Colombine 
  14. Der Dandy 
  15. Eine blasse Wäscherin 
  16. Valse de Chopin 
  17. Madonna 
  18. Der kranke Mond 
  19. Charles Ives - Piano Sonata No. 2, Op. 19 'Concord, Mass III. The Alcotts (piano: John Kirkpatrick) 
  20. Ali Akbar Khan - Raag Chandrakauns  (Alap & Gat) 


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