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A Revolution In Sound looks at the influence of modern classical music, avant-garde, and free jazz on pop and pop-culture during the second half of the twentieth century. 

In the mid-1960's, as pop music acquired a greater sophistication and maturity, artists began to make more ambitious musical and conceptual statements. In the search for new ideas, pop began to find inspiration along the spectrum of classical music - from Stockhausen to Sibelius - and from artists who inhabited the outer reaches of jazz, and classical music of Northern India. 

The albums produced by The Beatles at their creative peak (Rubber Soul, Revolver and Sgt. Pepper), almost everything by The Mothers of Invention, The Byrds' Fifth Dimension, The Pink Floyd's debut, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, The Grateful Dead's Anthem of the Sun, the early works of Can, Jefferson Airplane and Soft Machine all were enriched by the assimilation of techniques and procedures appropriated from the pioneers of art music. 

Frank Zappa did more than anyone to open the door to the modernist world; his expansive music, informed by Stravinsky, Webern, Schoenberg, Messiaen, Boulez and most notably Edgard Varèse, whose work Zappa encountered in his youth, and spent his life championing. 

Paul McCartney and John Lennon increased their creative palettes by borrowing from the strange new musical universes of Stockhausen, Berio and Cage while George Harrison's life was changed by Ravi Shankar, to whose music he and the other Beatles were feverishly introduced by David Crosby and Roger McGuinn at a Benedict Canyon LSD party in 1965. 

For the "Fifth Beatle", producer George Martin, the passions were the French Impressionist composers Debussy and Ravel, from whom he claimed to have learned to "Paint in Sound"; for Phil Lesh of The Grateful Dead it would be the music of Charles Ives ("It sounds like the inside of your head when you’re daydreaming"). Brian Eno directly answered Erik Satie’s call for “music that would be a part of the surrounding noises” with his ambient Music for Airports, while Captain Beefheart, Robert Wyatt and Lou Reed would all surrender to the liberating spirit of Ornette Coleman

In the realm of electronics and musique concrète, the tireless experiments in tape-manipulation by Daphne Oram and Pierre Henry found expression in radio, television and on stage. In cinema, Stanley Kubrick's masterful use of Bartok and Liszt vindicated his stated preference for the use of pre-existing music over original score; while in Altered States, Ken Russell blew our minds by taking the relationship between music and image to a new sensory level; aided by a wild electronic score that included Pierre Henry's Veil of Orpheus

The full 27 minute version of Henry's Orpheus, the first major work of symphonic concrète music is but one of the historic features to be found in this presentation. A Revolution In Sound also includes the premiere recording of Stockhausen's monumental Gruppen for Three Orchestras, with Pierre Boulez, Bruno Maderna and Stockhausen himself conducting; Beecham's beautiful 1955 account of Sibelius' Incidental music from The Tempest; an exhilarating recording of Stravinsky's ballet Agon by Hans Rosbaud with the SWGR, a hugely influential piece, a triumph for the composer; and from before the creation of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, the "Radiophonic poem", Private Dreams and Public Nightmares, a quite unprecedented collage of manipulated voices and sound effects assembled by Daphne Oram and Desmond Briscoe: a challenge for radio listeners in 1957. As the producer, Donald McWhinnie stated in his introduction, "You may detest this programme, but I hope you won't dismiss it. Certainly nothing like this has ever come out of your loudspeaker before." 

 

TRACKLIST: 
  1. ORNETTE COLEMAN - The Circle with a Hole in the Middle 
  2. BELA BARTOK - No. III. Adagio, From Music For Strings, Percussion And Celesta (Von Karajan / Berlin Philharmonic)(From Kubrick's The Shining) 
  3. LUCIANO BERIO - Sequenza 1 for Flute solo (Severino Gazzelloni: flute) 
  4. KARLHEINZ STOCKHAUSEN - Gruppen (Groups) for Three Orchestras (Conductors: Boulez-Stockhausen-Maderna / Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra) 
  5. JOHN COLTRANE - Aisha 
  6. RAVI SHANKAR and ALI AKBAR KHAN - Raga Bilaskhani Todi 
  7. ERIC DOLPHY QUARTET - Glad to Be Unhappy 
  8. FRANS LISZT - Nuages Gris (Sergio Fiorentino: piano) 
  9. JOHN DOWLAND - King of Denmark's Galliard (Julian Bream: lute) 
  10. BRUNO MADERNA - Notturno for Tape 
  11. EDGARD VARÈSE - Octandre, for Eight Instruments (Boulez / Orchestra Domaine Musical) 
  12. EDGARD VARÈSE - Octandre, for Eight Instruments (Boulez / Orchestra Domaine Musical) 
  13. EDGARD VARÈSE - Octandre, for Eight Instruments (Boulez / Orchestra Domaine Musical) 
  14. ERIK SATIE - Three Distinguished Waltzes of a Jaded Dandy (Aldo Ciccolini: piano) 
  15. ERIK SATIE - Three Distinguished Waltzes of a Jaded Dandy (Aldo Ciccolini: piano) 
  16. ERIK SATIE - Three Distinguished Waltzes of a Jaded Dandy (Aldo Ciccolini: piano) 
  17. JEAN SIBELIUS - The Tempest - Incidental Music Op.109b & c (Beecham / Royal Philharmonic Orchestra) 
  18. JEAN SIBELIUS - The Tempest - Incidental Music Op.109b & c (Beecham / Royal Philharmonic Orchestra) 
  19. JEAN SIBELIUS - The Tempest - Incidental Music Op.109b & c (Beecham / Royal Philharmonic Orchestra) 
  20. JEAN SIBELIUS - The Tempest - Incidental Music Op.109b & c (Beecham / Royal Philharmonic Orchestra) 
  21. JEAN SIBELIUS - The Tempest - Incidental Music Op.109b & c (Beecham / Royal Philharmonic Orchestra) 
  22. JEAN SIBELIUS - The Tempest - Incidental Music Op.109b & c (Beecham / Royal Philharmonic Orchestra) 
  23. JEAN SIBELIUS - The Tempest - Incidental Music Op.109b & c (Beecham / Royal Philharmonic Orchestra) 
  24. JEAN SIBELIUS - The Tempest - Incidental Music Op.109b & c (Beecham / Royal Philharmonic Orchestra) 
  25. JEAN SIBELIUS - The Tempest - Incidental Music Op.109b & c (Beecham / Royal Philharmonic Orchestra) 
  26. JEAN SIBELIUS - The Tempest - Incidental Music Op.109b & c (Beecham / Royal Philharmonic Orchestra) 
  27. JEAN SIBELIUS - The Tempest - Incidental Music Op.109b & c (Beecham / Royal Philharmonic Orchestra) 
  28. JEAN SIBELIUS - The Tempest - Incidental Music Op.109b & c (Beecham / Royal Philharmonic Orchestra) 
  29. JEAN SIBELIUS - The Tempest - Incidental Music Op.109b & c (Beecham / Royal Philharmonic Orchestra) 
  30. JEAN SIBELIUS - The Tempest - Incidental Music Op.109b & c (Beecham / Royal Philharmonic Orchestra) 
  31. BENJAMIN BRITTEN - Four Sea Interludes (from Peter Grimes) Op. 33a (Boult / London Philharmonic Orchestra) 
  32. BENJAMIN BRITTEN - Four Sea Interludes (from Peter Grimes) Op. 33a (Boult / London Philharmonic Orchestra) 
  33. BENJAMIN BRITTEN - Four Sea Interludes (from Peter Grimes) Op. 33a (Boult / London Philharmonic Orchestra) 
  34. BENJAMIN BRITTEN - Four Sea Interludes (from Peter Grimes) Op. 33a (Boult / London Philharmonic Orchestra) 
  35. DAPHNE ORAM, DESMOND BRISCOE, NORMAN BAIN - Private Dreams and Public Nightmares 
  36. JOHN DOWLAND - Mrs. White's Nothing (Julian Bream: lute) 
  37. MAURICE RAVEL - Menuet sur le nom de Haydn (Marcelle Meyer: piano) 
  38. MAURICE RAVEL - Le Tombeau de Couperin (Ansermet / Orchestre de la Suisse Romande) 
  39. MAURICE RAVEL - Le Tombeau de Couperin (Ansermet / Orchestre de la Suisse Romande) 
  40. MAURICE RAVEL - Le Tombeau de Couperin (Ansermet / Orchestre de la Suisse Romande) 
  41. MAURICE RAVEL - Le Tombeau de Couperin (Ansermet / Orchestre de la Suisse Romande) 
  42. CLAUDE DEBUSSY - Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp (Melos Ensemble) 
  43. CLAUDE DEBUSSY - Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp (Melos Ensemble) 
  44. CLAUDE DEBUSSY - Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp (Melos Ensemble) 
  45. IGOR STRAVINSKY - Agon (Contest) - Ballet for Twelve Dancers (Rosbaud / South West German Radio Symphony Orchestra) 
  46. IGOR STRAVINSKY - Agon (Contest) - Ballet for Twelve Dancers (Rosbaud / South West German Radio Symphony Orchestra) 
  47. IGOR STRAVINSKY - Agon (Contest) - Ballet for Twelve Dancers (Rosbaud / South West German Radio Symphony Orchestra) 
  48. IGOR STRAVINSKY - Agon (Contest) - Ballet for Twelve Dancers (Rosbaud / South West German Radio Symphony Orchestra) 
  49. IGOR STRAVINSKY - Agon (Contest) - Ballet for Twelve Dancers (Rosbaud / South West German Radio Symphony Orchestra) 
  50. IGOR STRAVINSKY - Agon (Contest) - Ballet for Twelve Dancers (Rosbaud / South West German Radio Symphony Orchestra) 
  51. IGOR STRAVINSKY - Agon (Contest) - Ballet for Twelve Dancers (Rosbaud / South West German Radio Symphony Orchestra) 
  52. IGOR STRAVINSKY - Agon (Contest) - Ballet for Twelve Dancers (Rosbaud / South West German Radio Symphony Orchestra) 
  53. IGOR STRAVINSKY - Agon (Contest) - Ballet for Twelve Dancers (Rosbaud / South West German Radio Symphony Orchestra) 
  54. IGOR STRAVINSKY - Agon (Contest) - Ballet for Twelve Dancers (Rosbaud / South West German Radio Symphony Orchestra) 
  55. IGOR STRAVINSKY - Agon (Contest) - Ballet for Twelve Dancers (Rosbaud / South West German Radio Symphony Orchestra) 
  56. IGOR STRAVINSKY - Agon (Contest) - Ballet for Twelve Dancers (Rosbaud / South West German Radio Symphony Orchestra) 
  57. IGOR STRAVINSKY - Agon (Contest) - Ballet for Twelve Dancers (Rosbaud / South West German Radio Symphony Orchestra) 
  58. IGOR STRAVINSKY - Agon (Contest) - Ballet for Twelve Dancers (Rosbaud / South West German Radio Symphony Orchestra) 
  59. IGOR STRAVINSKY - Agon (Contest) - Ballet for Twelve Dancers (Rosbaud / South West German Radio Symphony Orchestra) 
  60. ARNOLD SCHOENBERG 24 No. 1, Mässig, from Three Piano Pieces Op. 11 (Glenn Gould: piano) 
  61. HUMPHREY SEARLE - Two Movements from Symphony No. 1, Op. 23 (Boult / London Philharmonic Orchestra) 
  62. HUMPHREY SEARLE - Two Movements from Symphony No. 1, Op. 23 (Boult / London Philharmonic Orchestra) 
  63. JOHN DOWLAND - Forlorn Hope Fancy (Julian Bream: lute) 
  64. CHARLES IVES 1 Piano Sonata No. 2 "Concord, Mass., 1840-1860" IV. Thoreau (Aloys Kontarsky: piano) 
  65. ANTON WEBERN - Symphony Op. 21 (Craft / Studio Orchestra) 
  66. ANTON WEBERN - Symphony Op. 21 (Craft / Studio Orchestra) 
  67. PIERRE BOULEZ - Le Marteau Sans Maître: No. 1, Avant l'artisanat furieux(Craft) 
  68. LUIGI NONO - Polifonica-Monodia-Ritmica for Ensemble (Maderna / English Chamber Orchestra) 
  69. JOHN CAGE - Amores for Prepared Piano and Percussion (John Cage: piano) 
  70. JOHN CAGE - Amores for Prepared Piano and Percussion (John Cage: piano) 
  71. JOHN CAGE - Amores for Prepared Piano and Percussion (John Cage: piano) 
  72. JOHN CAGE - Amores for Prepared Piano and Percussion (John Cage: piano) 
  73. PIERRE HENRY - Le Voile D'Orphee I (Version Integrale) 
  74. OLIVIER MESSIAEN - Le Banquet Céleste (Olivier Messiaen: Organ) 
  75. BILL EVANS TRIO - Re: Person I Knew 

 

  • 4CD boxset includes booklet and individual printed inner-sleeves 

 

see also: 
Steffen Schleiermacher & Josef Christof - John Cage: Piano Works   CD 
John Cage - Silence: Lectures And Writings   paperback 
Various - The American Avant-Garde In The 20th Century   2CD 
Various - A Young Person's Guide To The Avant-Garde   2CD  
Various - The French Avant-Garde In The 20th Century   2CD 
Various - Festival Dada Paris   CD 

 

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