This live recording was culled from seven September 1992 concerts given in Vienna, Berlin, and Frankfurt by the Ensemble Modern, a Frankfurt-based chamber orchestra that performs only contemporary music.

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Himself - Composer, Conductor
Peter Rundel ...
Himself - Conductor, Violin
Ensemble Modern ...
Themselves - Orchestra
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Andreas Böttger ...
Himself - Percussion
Uwe Dierksen ...
Himself - Trombone, Soprano Trombone
Roland Diry ...
Himself - Clarinet
Stefan Dohr ...
Himself - Horn
Friedemann Dähn ...
Himself - Violoncello
Thomas Fichter ...
Himself - Contrabass, Electrocontrabass
William Forman ...
Himself - Trumpet, Flügelhorn, Piccolo Trumpet, Cornet
Michael Gross ...
Himself - Trumpet, Flügelhorn, Piccolo Trumpet, Cornet
Hermann Ktetzschmar ...
Himself - Piano, Harpsichord, Celeste, Dramatic Reading
Louise LeCavalier ...
Herself - Dancer
Catherine Milliken ...
Herself - Oboe, English Horn, Didgeridoo
Rumi Ogawa-Helferich ...
Herself - Percussion, Cymbalom
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This live recording was culled from seven September 1992 concerts given in Vienna, Berlin, and Frankfurt by the Ensemble Modern, a Frankfurt-based chamber orchestra that performs only contemporary music.

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17 September 1992 (Germany)  »

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DEM 1,000,000 (estimated)
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These concerts were mixed before they were performed. Zappa conceived and developed a special six-channel PA system for the events: the audience would be (electronically) surrounded by the musicians, the better to hear the polyphony and what it might be like to be the fifth member of a string quartet. (The instruments' sounds are not processed or limited in any other way.) All of this has been necessarily lost in the mixdown from 48-track digital to simple stereo, but the result remains an instrumental recording of astonishing---if entirely unnatural, as such things are usually defined---vividness. The result sounds not so much "artificial"---as most of Zappa's previous recordings have sounded---as both larger and more intimate than life, an effect similar to the sumptuous, extra-intimate miking of Keith Jarrett's solo piano concerts. This sort of surreal---literally, "super-real"---recording technique is uniquely appropriate to Zappa's music, but its almost four-dimensional quality here, in which the instruments seem on the edge of busting out of their own skins, is overwhelming. The deluxe booklet is stuffed with liner notes by Rip Rense on the rehearsals and concerts, with fascinating sections on each composition by Zappa and EM conductor Peter Rundel. See more »

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Get Whitey
Written by Frank Zappa
Performed by Ensemble Modern
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