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Artistry - Cage: Three Dances; Stravinsky, Reich

Release Date: 02/12/2002 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 67691   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  John CageSteve ReichIgor Stravinsky
Performer:  Michael Tilson ThomasRalph GriersonRoger KellawayTony Raney,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 20 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

The original 1973 LP featured just the Cage Dances and Reich's "Four Organs," the latter in a more relaxed--if that's the word--performance than the austere 1970 version on Wergo. The CD edition also adds a Michael Tilson Thomas/Ralph Grierson 4-handed piano score of "Le Sacre du Printemps," so now there are all three generations of the 20th-century avant-garde conveniently all in one place. What the three have in common, of course, is rhythm, rhythm, rhythm... and then some. Stravinsky was perhaps the first Western classical composer to incorporate honest-to-goodness ethnic rhythms in serious music, and things have never been quite the same since. Steve Reich himself has acknowledged the profound effect that "Le Sacre" had on him when he Read more first heard it as a teenager. Ironically, "Four Organs" itself is the most static of Reich's pieces, saved somehow by that lone maraca, which gives it extra impetus all the way through. Read less

Works on This Recording

Dances (3) for 2 Prepared Pianos by John Cage
Performer:  Michael Tilson Thomas (Prepared Piano), Ralph Grierson (Prepared Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; USA 
Length: 22 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Four Organs by Steve Reich
Performer:  Michael Tilson Thomas (Electric Organ), Ralph Grierson (Electric Organ), Roger Kellaway (Electric Organ),
Tony Raney (Maracas), Steve Reich (Electric Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1970; USA 
Length: 24 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Le sacre du printemps by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Ralph Grierson (Piano), Michael Tilson Thomas (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911-1913 
Length: 33 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Notes: Transcribed: Igor Stravinsky
Composition written: Switzerland (1911 - 1913).
Composition revised: USA (1943). 

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