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American Classics - Cage: Sonatas And Interludes / Berman


Release Date: 07/20/1999 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559042   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  John Cage
Performer:  Boris Berman
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Cage's prepared piano music might be better known by reputation than by acquaintance, but this excellent new release, part of Naxos's praiseworthy ongoing exploration of seminal 20th-century works, should persuade more people to step into the composer's eccentric sound-world. Boris Berman gives a sensitive, closely considered performance of the Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano, written in the late Forties, and seems to relish every sound he makes. The very close recording allows the listener to hear every sound and every resonance in minute detail, and it is the strange beauty of the sounds themselves under Berman's tight control that makes this disc such a joy."
- BBC Music Magazine, September 1999
"Cage's prepared piano music might be better known by reputation than by acquaintance, but this excellent new release, part of Naxos's praiseworthy ongoing exploration of seminal 20th-century works, should persuade more people to step into the composer's eccentric sound-world. Boris Berman gives a sensitive, closely considered performance of the Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano, written in the late Forties, and seems to relish every sound he makes. The very close recording allows the listener to hear every sound and every resonance in minute detail, and it is the strange beauty of the sounds themselves under Berman's tight control that makes this disc such a joy."
- BBC Music Magazine, September 1999 Read less

Works on This Recording

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Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano by John Cage
Performer:  Boris Berman (Prepared Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946-1948; USA 

Sound Samples

Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano: Sonata No. 1
Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano: Sonata No. 2
Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano: Sonata No. 3
Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano: Sonata No. 4
Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano: First Interlude
Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano: Sonata No. 5
Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano: Sonata No. 6
Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano: Sonata No. 7
Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano: Sonata No. 8
Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano: Second Interlude
Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano: Third Interlude
Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano: Sonata No. 9
Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano: Sonata No. 10
Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano: Sonata No. 11
Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano: Sonata No. 12
Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano: Fourth Interlude
Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano: Sonata No. 13
Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano: Sonata No. 14 and No. 15, 'Gemini' (after the work by Richard Lippold)
Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano: Sonata No. 16

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