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12 CD box set released in celebration of what would have been Pierre Henry’s 90th birthday

The music was selected and remastered by the composer prior to his death last year

A 12 CD box set covering more than 50 years of work by the musique concrète pioneer Pierre Henry has been released on Decca. Titled Polyphonies, the works were selected and remastered by the composer himself before his death on 5 July 2017.

The release collects 29 compositions and includes nine previously unheard pieces, including Chronicles Terriennes (2016), Études Transcendantes Pour Un Piano Imaginaire (2015), Pleins Jeux (2008) and Kyldex (1973). The final disc is a selection of 2016 remixes (described also as remasters) that were completed before Henry lost his sight. Also included is a 112 page booklet made up mostly of the composer's notes. Polyphonies is out now.