Edgard Varèse

Varèse: You can’t go home again

Seattle Symphony's performance in Portland, minus the tapes, feels like something essential's missing

A couple of months ago I was walking past the Schnitz and saw a poster for the Oregon Symphony season. I had a quick look and spotted a listing for the Seattle Symphony, and a program that included Edgard Varèse’s Déserts, music I first heard in the composer’s studio in the spring of 1955, a few months following its premiere in Paris.

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