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Percussion(s): Series Inactuelles

Artist: Roland Auzet
Roland Auzet - Percussion(s) - Series Inactuelles CD
Label: Mode
Regular Price: $74.95
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Year: 2008
Format: CD


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A new concept of a musical textbook with 3 CDs and a video DVD in a deluxe slipcase edition.

INACTUELLES is a unique collaboration between Mode and the Parisian art-book store Tschann, to combine CDs and/or video DVDs of musical performances with an informative musical textbook. This is a true Franco-American collaboration, the slipcase and book printed in France with the CDs and DVDs printed and manufactured in America.

INACTUELLES is a concept that is neither a CD nor a book, but rather a way to present a particular musical topic or composer in a thorough way. Without being constrained to CD sized packaging, INACTUELLES is presented with a large and authoritative book, musically illustrated by the accompanying CDs and/or DVDs.

"INACTUELLES" translates as "UNTIMELY": a collection of CDs/DVD/book that represents the most original in recent new music without concessions to style. That which is truly original - a unique approach to composing musical sound - transcends fashion, technical and aesthetic concerns and becomes "timeless"... Inactuelles.

"ROLAND AUZET : PERCUSSION(S)" is the first volume of INACTUELLES: an incredible survey of music for solo percussion (with or without ensemble) in the 20th and 21st century - performed by the great French percussionist Roland Auzet.


  • Recordings of 13 works, including 7 world premieres.
  • 3CDs and a DVD of studio recordings by virtuoso French percussionist/composer Roland Auzet, comprised of works:
    > for percussion solo (Xenakis, Taïra)
    > for percussion and voice (Xenakis, Pape)
    > for percussion and ensemble (Xenakis, Milhaud, Alsina)
    > for percussion and electronics (Auzet, Bancquart, Campion,
       Jodlowski, Tanaka)
  • A DVD of Auzet's performance of Xenakis' Psappha and Rebonds by filmmaker Jacques Goldstein.
  • Performers include vocalists Nicholas Isherwood, Janet Pape and Armelle Orieux, Ensemble FA, Ensemble Musique Aujord'hui, conductors Jean-Marie Adrien, Alain Bancquart and Domnique My.


  • A book (in English and French) by French musicologist Pierre-Albert Castanet, Percussion(s): Gesture and Spirit, which discusses the history of percussion music including interviews with Auzet about interpretation and performance of percussion music, especially the works and the composers recorded in this set.
  • Preface by Pierre Boulez.
  • Postface by master American percussionist Steven Schick.
Music by: Carlos Roque Alsina, Roland Auzet, Alain Bancquart, Edmund Campion, Pierre Jodlowski, Darius Milhaud, Gerard Pape, Yoshihisa Taira, Kearen Tanaka, Iannis Xenakis

Text(es): Pierre Boulez, Pierre Albert Castanet, Roland Auzet, Steven Schick.

CD 1

Iannis XENAKIS (1922-2001)
Psappha (1976)   (12:33)
    for percussion solo

Omega (1997)   (4:04)
    for percussion solo & orchestra
    Ensemble FA
    Dominique My, conductor

Kassandra (1987)   (21:43)
    for bass voice & percussion
    Nicholas Isherwood, bass

Rebonds A & B (1988)   (6:10, 5:01)
    for percussion solo

Gerard PAPE (b.1955)
Funeral Sentences (1988)
    for percussion & voice
    Janet Pape and Armelle Orieux, sopranos
    Alain Bancquart, conductor
    I     (2:59)
    II    (2:51)
    III   (2:38)
    IV   (5:12)
    V    (3:33)

CD 2

Edmund CAMPION (b.1957)
Losing Touch (1994)   (11:15)
    for vibraphone & electronics (IRCAM)
    first recording

Darius MILHAUD (1892-1974)
Concerto de chambre pour marimba et 9 instruments (1952)
    (transcription of "Concerto pour marimba, vibraphone et orchestre"
    by Alain Bancquart)
    Animé   (4:46)
    Lent   (7:52)
    Vif   (4:40)
    Ensemble FA
    Dominique My, conductor
    first recording of the Bancquart transcription

Carlos Roque ALSINA (b.1940)
Themen (1974)   (14:41)
    for percussion & string orchestra
    Ensemble Musique Aujourd'hui
    Jean-Marie Adrien, conductor
    first recording

Yoshihisa TAÏRA (1937-2005)
Convergence (1971)   (11:28)
    for marimba solo

Pierre JODLOWSKI (b.1971)
MECANO 1 et 2 (2004)
    for percussion & motors
    MECANO 1 percussion - machine (toms)   (6:37)
    MECANO 2 percussion - machine (métal)   (3:35)

CD 3

Roland AUZET (b. 1964)
OROC.Pat (1997)   (9:35)
    for zarb & live electronics (IRCAM)
    first recording

Karen TANAKA (b. 1961)
Metallic Cristal (1995)   (9:26)
    for percussion & electronics
    first recording

Alain BANCQUART (b. 1934)
"Amour grand terrible champ crtique" (2003-4)
    for percussion & electronics (CCMIX)
    I     (1:56)
    II    (6:00)
    III   (8:10)
    IV   (34:27)
    first recording


Iannis XENAKIS (1922-2001)
Psappha and Rebonds A & B
for percussion solo
Filmed by Jacques Goldstein
(NOTE: these are different performances from the CD recordings)
2-sided DVD in both NTSC and PAL
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