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Ondes Martenot Sextet
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 14, 2009 10:23 am    Post subject: Ondes Martenot Sextet Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Your electronic music education is not complete until you have heard an Ondes Martenot sextet.

Many years ago, I acquired the LP "Music for Ondes Martenot" from the Musical Heritage Society (MHS-821) in the USA. The setpiece of this LP was "Fete des Belles Eaux," a composition for six Ondes Martenot, by Olivier Messiaen. For the past few decades, this LP has been a prized possession, and was virtually irreplaceable. I have digitized it, and cleaned up the clicks and pops, and converted it to CD.

For this composition, there is no classical instrument accompaniment to bind the composition to any point in time.

Now, there is a more contemporary performance available on ATMA Classique (ACD2 2621), from Canada. While I prefer the performance of the older performance somewhat, the production in which each of the six instruments are more individually defined, and the metallic screeches
more forward, the newer performance benefits from improved fidelity, and the different performance is refreshing.

If you have not heard Fete des Belles Eaux before, I am certain that you have not heard anything like it. Check it out.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 14, 2009 10:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Keith, thanks very very much for doing this! I too have been after this recording for a while. I've even been outbid on eBay twice now for the LP (mainly because the auction ended at 4am or so in the morning!).

Can you point me to where I can get hold of this?

Tom

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 14, 2009 3:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Tom:

I obtained the ATMA Classique CD from Amazon.com and searched on "fete des belles eaux." But hurry; there were only two left when I ordered, and now there's one.

The CD also lists a web page:

atmaclassique.com

Where is is listed in their catalog.

Keith

P.S. Attached is the Fete Des Belles Finale from my old MHS LP.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 03, 2011 3:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote  Mark this post and the followings unread

Thanks for the download, listening now! I'm a fan of Messiaen, never heard this piece though.
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