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Various Artists

The French Avant-Garde in the 20th Century

Label: LTM

Format: CDx2

Genre: Experimental

In stock


Following on from our popular primer A Young Person's Guide to the Avant-Garde, LTM now offer a more comprehensive overview of French avant-garde music in the 20th century.

Commencing with pioneers Claude Debussy and Erik Satie, this chronological double disc set moves forward to absurdist and dreamlike Dada and Surrealist compositions (Duchamp, Picabia, Desnos, Ribemont-Dessaignes), as well as the more conventional work of Jean Cocteau's celebrated 'Group des Six', and onwards to postwar electronics and musique concrète by Schaeffer, Henry and Varèse.

Works by a number of modern composers (Messiaen, Boulez, Greif, Catoire, Hersant) are also featured, several of these being world premiere recordings by noted French pianist Nicolas Horvath. With a generous playing time of 140 minutes, this double CD package contains an illustrated booklet with detailed historical notes.

Cat. number: LTMCD 2571
Year: 2014

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