Saturday, December 27, 2014
The Varèse Record
If this recording has made it to CD, I can't find it. I find a lot of LP, like the one I have, of the reissue on Finnadar Records (SR9018) of the original 1950 record, with the added 1954 Interpolations for Désert, but I have not located a CD.
The pieces are available, but this recording under the supervision of Varèse has unique historical value, since the 1950 record was for long the only recorded music of this composer available.
The Interpolations for Désert were substantially revised in 1961, but these versions from 1954 are what Hermann Scherchen premiered in Paris on December 2nd of that year. What a night that must have been!
The music is wonderful, and the record itself contains "a reminiscence and appreciation" of Varèse by Frank Zappa, entitled: Edgard Varèse: Idol of my youth. Links to the photos of the cover are included, in case you wish to read it.
MP3 Files: https://www.mediafire.com/?q41vcu3gq51f52w
Flac 96Khz : https://www.mediafire.com/?zay5965jibk4n5a
The original 24 bit .wav files had a bit rate of 4608 kbps, but the Flac files, converted in Audacity, have a bit rate of 1085 kbps. It will have to do until I can figure out what is going on. It may well be I'm simply clueless, but I'll try to find out. It may well be that I simply do not understand the mechanics of lossless compression. Well, I mean I don't. Meanwhile, these flac files sound pretty good to me.