György Ligeti, Morton Feldman, Larry Austin - Leonard Bernstein Conducts Music of Our Time (1965)
"In music there is always a certain amount of resentment to things that are new and different. Yet no one objects to new developments in automobiles, refrigerators or women's clothes. Notwithstanding their public acceptance, the latter often turn out to be mere fads, while new music frequently becomes old music - revered, respected and regarded as a gift to posterity. So it was with Beethoven's "Eroica" Symphony in the nineteenth century and with Stravinsky's "Le Sacre du Printemps" in the twentieth. At first, they were met with howls of anguish by the public and were assaulted by the press. They are now imbedded in the standard repertory.
We, at Columbia Records, are neither seers nor prophets, but we feel it our duty to have the public hear and judge works that may become part of music's lasting history. The pieces recorded in this album are, without question, controversial. But controversy is the means by which man evaluates the developments of his time. We believe in the future. We believe that you believe, too."