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Iannis Xenakis

by Arne Deforce - Ensemble MusikFabrik

Complete works for cello solo + one
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"In order for music to free itself, it will have to pass over to the other side-- there where territories tremble, where the structures collapse, where the ethoses get mixed up, where a powerful song of the earth is unleashed, the great ritornello that transmutes all the airs it carries away and makes return." Gilles Deleuze




"Music is like a crystal ball that is nothing in itself, but in which one can see things. Not representing the world in music but creating a world": it is the creative act of Iannis Xenakis, "bringing into being something out of nothing. Engendering the unengendered". This CD brings together, for the very first time, the complete works that Xenakis composed for solo cello '+ 1'. They illustrate the evolution of a unique compositional trajectory, underpinned by energeia, the active creative force of Greek thought, which shapes a thing up until it happens: a proof of sound force in which energetic currents and dynamic surfaces are confronted.

æon hereby continues its collaboration with cellist Arne Deforce whose inspiration and weight of artistic evidence reach new peaks with this disc.


1. Nomos Alpha (1966) pour violoncelle seul
2. Charisma (1971) pour clarinette et violoncelle
3. Kottos (1977) pour violoncelle seul
4. Epicycles (1989) pour violoncelle soliste et douze instruments
5. Paille in the wind (1992) pour violoncelle et piano
6. Hunem-Iduhey (1996) pour violon et violoncelle
7. Roscobeck (1996) pour violoncelle et contrabasse
8. Dhipli Zyia (1951) pour violon et violoncelle

Arne Deforce, violoncelle
Ensemble MusikFabrik Köln

James Wood, direction

Daan Vandewalle, piano
Benjamin Dieltjens, clarinette
Wiebert Aerts, violon
Lode Leire, contrebasse


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