Ιάννης Ξενάκης (Iannis Xenakis)

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Iannis Xenakis (Greek: Γιάννης (Ιάννης) Ξενάκης [ˈʝanis kseˈnakis]; 29 May 1922 – 4 February 2001) was a Greek-French 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 Rating Releases
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
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 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 (Spectrum feat. conductor: Guy Protheroe) Ιάννης Ξενάκης 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
1992 Orchestral Works & Chamber Music Ιάννης Ξενάκης 1
1997 Kraanerg (ST-X Ensemble) Ιάννης Ξενάκης 1
1997 Electronic Music Ιάννης Ξενάκης 2
1999 Works for Piano Xenakis 1
2000 Psappha / Okho / Perséphassa (Demoé Percussion Ensemble feat. conductor: Daniele Vineis) Ιάννης Ξενάκης 1
2000 Orchestral Works & Chamber Music Ιάννης Ξενάκης 1
2000 Orchestral Works, Volume I (Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg feat. conductor Arturo Tamayo) Ιάννης Ξενάκης 1
2001 La Légende d'Eer Ιάννης Ξενάκης 1
2002 Persepolis + Remixes, Edition 1 Ιάννης Ξενάκης 1
2003 Iannis Xenakis Iannis Xenakis 1
2003 Iannis Xenakis 2 Ιάννης Ξενάκης 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
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
2010 Works with Piano (piano: Aki Takahashi) Ιάννης Ξενάκης 1
2010 Chamber Music Ιάννης Ξενάκης 1
Aïs - Gendy 3 - Taurhiphanie - Thalleïn Ιάννης Ξενάκης 1
Alpha & Omega Ιάννης Ξενάκης 1
Kraanerg - Musique de Ballet pour orchestre et bande magnetique 4 pistes (1968-1969) Ιάννης Ξενάκης 1
Medea / Syrmos / Polytope Iannis Xenakis 1
Orchestral Works, Volume II (Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg feat. conductor Arturo Tamayo) Ιάννης Ξενάκης 1
Orchestral Works, Volume III (Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg feat. conductor Arturo Tamayo) Ιάννης Ξενάκης 1
Orchestral Works, Volume IV (Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg feat. conductor Arturo Tamayo) Ιάννης Ξενάκης 1
Orchestral Works, Volume V (Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg feat. conductor Arturo Tamayo) Ιάννης Ξενάκης 1
Persepolis ("We Bear the Light of the Earth") Ιάννης Ξενάκης 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1994 Chamber Music 1955-1990 (Arditti String Quartet feat. piano: Claude Helffer) Compilation Ιάννης Ξενάκης 2
2010 20th Century Classics Compilation Ιάννης Ξενάκης 1

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Year Title Artist Rating Releases
Musique Electro-Acoustique Ιάννης Ξενάκης 1

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