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AGP176 - Les Ondes Martenot (1980)




  1. Jacques Charpentier, Quatuor pour ondes martenot, 1. Tres modere [MP3]

  2. Jacques Charpentier, Quatuor pour ondes martenot, 2. Vif et agite [MP3]

  3. Jacques Charpentier, Quatuor pour ondes martenot, 3. Tres lent [MP3]

  4. Jacques Charpentier, Quatuor pour ondes martenot, 4. Moderement agite [MP3]

  5. Andre Jolivet, 3 poemes pour ondes martenot et piano, 1. Serimpie [MP3]

  6. Andre Jolivet, 3 poemes pour ondes martenot et piano, 2. Ondes [MP3]

  7. Andre Jolivet, 3 poemes pour ondes martenot et piano, 3. Chant d'oppression [MP3]

  8. Darius Milhaud, Suite pour ondes musicales martenot et piano [MP3]

  9. Jacques Charpentier, Quatuor pour ondes martenot, 1. Tres modere [FLAC]

  10. Jacques Charpentier, Quatuor pour ondes martenot, 2. Vif et agite [FLAC]

  11. Jacques Charpentier, Quatuor pour ondes martenot, 3. Tres lent [FLAC]

  12. Jacques Charpentier, Quatuor pour ondes martenot, 4. Moderement agite [FLAC]

  13. Andre Jolivet, 3 poemes pour ondes martenot et piano, 1. Serimpie [FLAC]

  14. Andre Jolivet, 3 poemes pour ondes martenot et piano, 2. Ondes [FLAC]

  15. Andre Jolivet, 3 poemes pour ondes martenot et piano, 3. Chant d'oppression [FLAC]

  16. Darius Milhaud, Suite pour ondes musicales martenot et piano [FLAC]

  17. AGP 176 notes [TXT]

  18. LP liner notes [PDF]



NOTES

AGP176 is the first of two featuring music played on the Ondes Martenot--one of the first electronic instruments, invented by Maurice Martenot in 1928. The Wikipedia article on the instrument has some nice information and pictures.

The LP transcribed for AGP176 was released in 1980 on disques Ades (14.036) and has not to my knowledge ever been re-issued on CD. The recordings are brilliant and detailed, and the pressing is clean, but the sounds are complex enough to pose a serious challenge to any phono cartridge. I would have included these recordings in the AGP earlier, but I could never get this LP to track without considerable distortion using my previous phono cartridge. Even with the impressively well-tracking Linn Akiva, I had to increase the force on the stylus from the usual 1.8g to 1.9g, and still there is a non-trivial amount of tracking distortion in the last track of side A (track 05 in this installment), and just a bit in tracks 06 and 07. Sorry about that, but otherwise the transcription is a joy to listen to.

The installment includes a PDF file with scans of the notes on the cover of this LP and the LP transcribed for AGP177, including information on the composers, works, and performers.




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