Iannis Xenakis (Greek: Γιάννης (Ιάννης) Ξενάκης [ˈʝanis kseˈnakis]; 29 May 1922 – 4 February 2001) was a Greek composer, music theorist, and architect-engineer. After 1947, he fled Greece, becoming a naturalized citizen of France. He is commonly recognized as one of the most important post-war avant-garde composers. Xenakis pioneered the use of mathematical models in music such as applications of set theory, stochastic processes and game theory and was also an important influence on the development of electronic and computer music. He integrated music with architecture, designing music for pre-existing spaces, and designing spaces to be integrated with specific music compositions and performances.

Among his most important works are Metastaseis (1953–54) for orchestra, which introduced independent parts for every musician of the orchestra; percussion works such as Psappha (1975) and Pléïades (1979); compositions that introduced spatialization by dispersing musicians among the audience, such as Terretektorh (1966); electronic works created using Xenakis's UPIC system; and the massive multimedia performances Xenakis called polytopes. Among the numerous theoretical writings he authored, the book Formalized Music: Thought and Mathematics in Composition (French edition 1963, English translation 1971) is regarded as one of his most important. As an architect, Xenakis is primarily known for his early work under Le Corbusier: the Sainte Marie de La Tourette, on which the two architects collaborated, and the Philips Pavilion at Expo 58, which Xenakis designed by himself.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1965 Metastasis / Pithoprakta / Eonta (Orchestre National de l'ORTF & Ensemble Instrumental de Musique Contemporaine de Paris feat. conductor: Maurice Le Roux) Ιάννης Ξενάκης 4 2
1976 Xenakis: Evryall / Herma / Messiaen: Quatre études de rythme Iannis Xenakis, Olivier Messiaen; Yuji Takahashi 1
1984 Messiaen: Cinq Rechants / Xenakis: Nuits Olivier Messiaen, Iannis Xenakis; Groupe Vocal de France, Michel Tranchant 2
1987 Pléïades Iannis Xenakis; Les Percussions de Strasbourg 2
1989 Kraanerg Iannis Xenakis; Alpha Centauri Ensemble, Roger Woodward 1
1989 Xenakis: Pléiades / Ishii: Concertante (Percussion de Strasbourg feat. marimba: Keiko Abe) Iannis Xenakis / Maki Ishii 1
1990 Oresteïa Ιάννης Ξενάκης 2
1990 Palimpsest / Épéi / Dikhthas / Akanthos Iannis Xenakis 1
1992 Iannis Xenakis: Phlegra / Jalons / Keren / Nomos Alpha / Thalleïn (Ensemble InterContemporain) Ιάννης Ξενάκης 2
1992 Idmen / Pléïades (Ensemble Les Pleiades & Chœur Gulbenkian feat. conductor: Sylvio Gualda) Ιάννης Ξενάκης 1
1994 Aïs / Gendy 3 / Taurhiphanie / Thalleïn Iannis Xenakis 1
1997 Kraanerg (ST-X Ensemble) Ιάννης Ξενάκης 1
1997 Electronic Music Ιάννης Ξενάκης 2
1999 Works for Piano Xenakis 2
2000 Psappha / Okho / Perséphassa (Demoé Percussion Ensemble feat. conductor: Daniele Vineis) Ιάννης Ξενάκης 1
2000 Orchestral Works & Chamber Music Xenakis 1
2000 Orchestral Works, Vol. I Iannis Xenakis; Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Arturo Tamayo, Spyros Sakkas, Béatrice Daudin 1
2001 La Légende d'Eer Ιάννης Ξενάκης 1
2001 Orchestral Works Vol. II Iannis Xenakis; Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Arturo Tamayo 1
2002 Persepolis + Remixes, Edition 1 Ιάννης Ξενάκης 1
2002 Orchestral Works Vol. III Iannis Xenakis; Hiroaki Ooï, Orchestre philharmonique du Luxembourg, Arturo Tamayo 3
2003 Iannis Xenakis Iannis Xenakis 1
2003 Iannis Xenakis 2 Ιάννης Ξενάκης 1
2004 Orchestral Works Vol. IV Iannis Xenakis; Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Arturo Tamayo, Hiroaki Ooï 1
2005 Electronic Works I: La Légende d'Eer Ιάννης Ξενάκης 1
2005 Music for Strings Ιάννης Ξενάκης 1
2006 Percussion Works Ιάννης Ξενάκης 1
2006 Ensemble Music 2 Ιάννης Ξενάκης 1
2006 Orchestral Works Vol. 5 Iannis Xenakis; Orchestre philharmonique du Luxembourg, Arturo Tamayo 2
2007 Naama / A l'lle de Gorée / Khoa Ιάννης Ξενάκης 1
2008 Music for Keyboard Instruments: Realised by Computer Ιάννης Ξενάκης; Daniel Grossmann 1
2008 KRAANERG for 23 Instruments and 4-Channel Tape Ιάννης Ξενάκης 1
2008 Music for Keyboard Instruments (midi programming: Daniel Grossmann) Ιάννης Ξενάκης 1
2009 Complete String Quartets Ιάννης Ξενάκης; JACK Quartet 1
2009 Phantasy of Spring Feldman, Zimmermann, Schönberg, Xenakis; Carolin Widmann, Simon Lepper 1
2010 Works with Piano (piano: Aki Takahashi) Ιάννης Ξενάκης 1
2010 Chamber Music Ιάννης Ξενάκης 1
2013 Synaphaï Iannis Xenakis 1
2015 Xenakis IX Iannis Xenakis; Kuniko 1
Kraanerg - Musique de Ballet pour orchestre et bande magnetique 4 pistes (1968-1969) Ιάννης Ξενάκης 1
Medea / Syrmos / Polytope Iannis Xenakis 1
Persepolis ("We Bear the Light of the Earth") Ιάννης Ξενάκης 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1994 Chamber Music 1955-1990 Iannis Xenakis; Claude Helffer, Arditti Quartet 2
2010 20th Century Classics Ιάννης Ξενάκης 1
2011 Alpha & Omega Iannis Xenakis 1
2015 GRM Works 1957-1962 Ιάννης Ξενάκης 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Musique Electro-Acoustique Ιάννης Ξενάκης 1

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