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Nancarrow: Studies For Player Piano Vol 1-5


Release Date: 01/11/2000 
Label:  Wergo   Catalog #: 6907   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Conlon Nancarrow
Number of Discs: 5 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 4 Hours 36 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


"Last summer I found in a Paris grammophone shop the records of Conlon Nancarrow's music (Vol. 1 and II). I listened and listened and became immediately enthusiastic. This music is the greatest discovery since Webern and Ives...something great and important for all of music history! His music is so utterly original, enjoyable, perfectly constructed, but at the same time emotional...for me it's the best of any composer living today." This oft-quoted letter from Gyorgy Ligeti to this boxed set's producer Charles Amirkhanian pinpoints one's visceral reaction to Nancarrow's Studies for Player Piano. On a purely physical level, the close-up impact of clattering piano hammers making musical
Read more sounds that are beyond the capabilities of human hands is like nothing else in the world. How do you describe, for instance, Study No. 3a (aka the Boogie-Woogie Suite)? Imagine Albert Ammons trapped in the body of Cecil Taylor, with Earl Hines doing the choreography and Milton Babbitt partitioning out the rhythmic relationships.

Many of the later studies are canons constructed in ratios involving irrational numbers. Yet playful fancy always lurks behind Nancarrow's rigorous strategems. Dry counterpoint will burst out into dry-ice arpeggios or hyperactive repeated chords. Even the earlier, jazz-tinged studies refuse to put the blues on a pedestal. Sometimes a study composed for one player piano is designed to be played simultaneously with another, although the densest single-piano textures often sound as if at least five pairs of overworked hands are (gain)fully employed. Every aspect of Wergo's production reveals care and love, from the extensively detailed notes to the painstaking process of recording each study from Nancarrow's original hand-punched rolls. Wergo's slimmed-down packaging and new five-for-three price tag should attract a wider audience for a body of work without precedent or equal. If you care about new music, Conlon Nancarrow's quirky sound world is a compulsory stop on the way to enlightenment.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Study for Player Piano no 3a by Conlon Nancarrow
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948; Mexico 
Date of Recording: 01/1988 
Venue:  Studio of the Composer, Mexico City 
Length: 3 Minutes 20 Secs. 
2.
Study for Player Piano no 3b by Conlon Nancarrow
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948; Mexico 
Date of Recording: 01/1988 
Venue:  Studio of the Composer, Mexico City 
Length: 5 Minutes 3 Secs. 
3.
Study for Player Piano no 3c by Conlon Nancarrow
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948; Mexico 
Date of Recording: 01/1988 
Venue:  Studio of the Composer, Mexico City 
Length: 3 Minutes 2 Secs. 
4.
Study for Player Piano no 3d by Conlon Nancarrow
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948; Mexico 
Date of Recording: 01/1988 
Venue:  Studio of the Composer, Mexico City 
Length: 2 Minutes 16 Secs. 
5.
Study for Player Piano no 3e by Conlon Nancarrow
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948; Mexico 
Date of Recording: 01/1988 
Venue:  Studio of the Composer, Mexico City 
Length: 2 Minutes 26 Secs. 
6.
Study for Player Piano no 20 by Conlon Nancarrow
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1960; Mexico 
Date of Recording: 01/1988 
Venue:  Studio of the Composer, Mexico City 
Length: 5 Minutes 39 Secs. 
7.
Study for Player Piano no 44 by Conlon Nancarrow
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Mexico 
Date of Recording: 01/1988 
Venue:  Studio of the Composer, Mexico City 
Length: 10 Minutes 0 Secs. 
8.
Study for Player Piano no 41a by Conlon Nancarrow
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1977; Mexico 
Date of Recording: 01/1988 
Venue:  Studio of the Composer, Mexico City 
Length: 7 Minutes 59 Secs. 
9.
Study for Player Piano no 41b by Conlon Nancarrow
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1977; Mexico 
Date of Recording: 01/1988 
Venue:  Studio of the Composer, Mexico City 
Length: 6 Minutes 32 Secs. 
10.
Study for Player Piano no 41c by Conlon Nancarrow
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1977; Mexico 
Date of Recording: 01/1988 
Venue:  Studio of the Composer, Mexico City 
Length: 7 Minutes 59 Secs. 
11.
Study for Player Piano no 4 by Conlon Nancarrow
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1960; Mexico 
Date of Recording: 01/1988 
Venue:  Studio of the Composer, Mexico City 
Length: 3 Minutes 15 Secs. 
12.
Study for Player Piano no 5 by Conlon Nancarrow
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1960; Mexico 
Date of Recording: 01/1988 
Venue:  Studio of the Composer, Mexico City 
Length: 2 Minutes 37 Secs. 
13.
Study for Player Piano no 6 by Conlon Nancarrow
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1960; Mexico 
Date of Recording: 01/1988 
Venue:  Studio of the Composer, Mexico City 
Length: 3 Minutes 10 Secs. 
14.
Study for Player Piano no 14 by Conlon Nancarrow
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1960; Mexico 
Date of Recording: 01/1988 
Venue:  Studio of the Composer, Mexico City 
Length: 1 Minutes 22 Secs. 
15.
Study for Player Piano no 22 by Conlon Nancarrow
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1960; Mexico 
Date of Recording: 01/1988 
Venue:  Studio of the Composer, Mexico City 
Length: 3 Minutes 56 Secs. 
16.
Study for Player Piano no 26 by Conlon Nancarrow
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1960; Mexico 
Date of Recording: 01/1988 
Venue:  Studio of the Composer, Mexico City 
Length: 4 Minutes 55 Secs. 
17.
Study for Player Piano no 31 by Conlon Nancarrow
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1969; Mexico 
Date of Recording: 01/1988 
Venue:  Studio of the Composer, Mexico City 
Length: 1 Minutes 40 Secs. 
18.
Study for Player Piano no 35 by Conlon Nancarrow
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1977; Mexico 
Date of Recording: 01/1988 
Venue:  Studio of the Composer, Mexico City 
Length: 7 Minutes 36 Secs. 
19.
Study for Player Piano no 32 by Conlon Nancarrow
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1969; Mexico 
Date of Recording: 01/1988 
Venue:  Studio of the Composer, Mexico City 
Length: 2 Minutes 41 Secs. 
20.
Study for Player Piano no 37 by Conlon Nancarrow
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1969; Mexico 
Date of Recording: 01/1988 
Venue:  Studio of the Composer, Mexico City 
Length: 10 Minutes 27 Secs. 
21.
Tango? by Conlon Nancarrow
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1984 
Date of Recording: 01/1988 
Venue:  Studio of the Composer, Mexico City 
Length: 2 Minutes 44 Secs. 
22.
Study for Player Piano no 40a by Conlon Nancarrow
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1977; Mexico 
Date of Recording: 01/1988 
Venue:  Studio of the Composer, Mexico City 
Length: 4 Minutes 32 Secs. 
23.
Study for Player Piano no 40b by Conlon Nancarrow
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1977; Mexico 
Date of Recording: 01/1988 
Venue:  Studio of the Composer, Mexico City 
Length: 4 Minutes 40 Secs. 
24.
Study for Player Piano no 1 by Conlon Nancarrow
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951; Mexico 
Date of Recording: 01/1988 
Venue:  Studio of the Composer, Mexico City 
Length: 2 Minutes 30 Secs. 
25.
Study for Player Piano no 2a by Conlon Nancarrow
Period: 20th Century 
Written: circa 1949; Mexico 
Date of Recording: 01/1988 
Venue:  Studio of the Composer, Mexico City 
Length: 2 Minutes 12 Secs. 
26.
Study for Player Piano no 2b by Conlon Nancarrow
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950; Mexico 
Date of Recording: 01/1988 
Venue:  Studio of the Composer, Mexico City 
Length: 1 Minutes 18 Secs. 
27.
Study for Player Piano no 7 by Conlon Nancarrow
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1960; Mexico 
Date of Recording: 01/1988 
Venue:  Studio of the Composer, Mexico City 
Length: 6 Minutes 43 Secs. 
28.
Study for Player Piano no 8 by Conlon Nancarrow
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1960; Mexico 
Date of Recording: 01/1988 
Venue:  Studio of the Composer, Mexico City 
Length: 4 Minutes 26 Secs. 
29.
Study for Player Piano no 10 by Conlon Nancarrow
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1960; Mexico 
Date of Recording: 01/1988 
Venue:  Studio of the Composer, Mexico City 
Length: 3 Minutes 3 Secs. 
30.
Study for Player Piano no 15 by Conlon Nancarrow
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1960; Mexico 
Date of Recording: 01/1988 
Venue:  Studio of the Composer, Mexico City 
Length: 0 Minutes 57 Secs. 
31.
Study for Player Piano no 21 by Conlon Nancarrow
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Mexico 
Date of Recording: 01/1988 
Venue:  Studio of the Composer, Mexico City 
Length: 3 Minutes 9 Secs. 
32.
Study for Player Piano no 13 by Conlon Nancarrow
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1960; Mexico 
Date of Recording: 01/1988 
Venue:  Studio of the Composer, Mexico City 
Length: 2 Minutes 50 Secs. 
33.
Study for Player Piano no 23 by Conlon Nancarrow
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1960; Mexico 
Date of Recording: 01/1988 
Venue:  Studio of the Composer, Mexico City 
Length: 4 Minutes 46 Secs. 
34.
Study for Player Piano no 24 by Conlon Nancarrow
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1960; Mexico 
Date of Recording: 01/1988 
Venue:  Studio of the Composer, Mexico City 
Length: 4 Minutes 23 Secs. 
35.
Study for Player Piano no 25 by Conlon Nancarrow
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1960; Mexico 
Date of Recording: 01/1988 
Venue:  Studio of the Composer, Mexico City 
Length: 5 Minutes 50 Secs. 
36.
Study for Player Piano no 33 by Conlon Nancarrow
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1969; Mexico 
Date of Recording: 01/1988 
Venue:  Studio of the Composer, Mexico City 
Length: 6 Minutes 17 Secs. 
37.
Study for Player Piano no 43 by Conlon Nancarrow
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Mexico 
Date of Recording: 01/1988 
Venue:  Studio of the Composer, Mexico City 
Length: 6 Minutes 57 Secs. 
38.
Study for Player Piano no 50 by Conlon Nancarrow
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Mexico 
Date of Recording: 01/1988 
Venue:  Studio of the Composer, Mexico City 
Length: 4 Minutes 28 Secs. 
39.
Study for Player Piano no 9 by Conlon Nancarrow
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1960; Mexico 
Date of Recording: 01/1988 
Venue:  Studio of the Composer, Mexico City 
Length: 4 Minutes 20 Secs. 
40.
Study for Player Piano no 11 by Conlon Nancarrow
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1960; Mexico 
Date of Recording: 01/1988 
Venue:  Studio of the Composer, Mexico City 
Length: 3 Minutes 41 Secs. 
41.
Study for Player Piano no 12 by Conlon Nancarrow
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1960; Mexico 
Date of Recording: 01/1988 
Venue:  Studio of the Composer, Mexico City 
Length: 4 Minutes 26 Secs. 
42.
Study for Player Piano no 17 by Conlon Nancarrow
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1960; Mexico 
Date of Recording: 01/1988 
Venue:  Studio of the Composer, Mexico City 
Length: 1 Minutes 28 Secs. 
43.
Study for Player Piano no 18 by Conlon Nancarrow
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1960; Mexico 
Date of Recording: 01/1988 
Venue:  Studio of the Composer, Mexico City 
Length: 2 Minutes 16 Secs. 
44.
Study for Player Piano no 19 by Conlon Nancarrow
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1960; Mexico 
Date of Recording: 01/1988 
Venue:  Studio of the Composer, Mexico City 
Length: 1 Minutes 19 Secs. 
45.
Study for Player Piano no 27 by Conlon Nancarrow
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1960; Mexico 
Date of Recording: 01/1988 
Venue:  Studio of the Composer, Mexico City 
Length: 6 Minutes 29 Secs. 
46.
Study for Player Piano no 28 by Conlon Nancarrow
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1960; Mexico 
Date of Recording: 01/1988 
Venue:  Studio of the Composer, Mexico City 
Length: 3 Minutes 22 Secs. 
47.
Study for Player Piano no 29 by Conlon Nancarrow
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1960; Mexico 
Date of Recording: 01/1988 
Venue:  Studio of the Composer, Mexico City 
Length: 3 Minutes 57 Secs. 
48.
Study for Player Piano no 34 by Conlon Nancarrow
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1977; Mexico 
Date of Recording: 01/1988 
Venue:  Studio of the Composer, Mexico City 
Length: 4 Minutes 33 Secs. 
49.
Study for Player Piano no 46 by Conlon Nancarrow
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Mexico 
Date of Recording: 01/1988 
Venue:  Studio of the Composer, Mexico City 
Length: 3 Minutes 52 Secs. 
50.
Study for Player Piano no 47 by Conlon Nancarrow
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Mexico 
Date of Recording: 01/1988 
Venue:  Studio of the Composer, Mexico City 
Length: 6 Minutes 39 Secs. 
51.
Study for Player Piano no 42 by Conlon Nancarrow
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Mexico 
Date of Recording: 01/1988 
Venue:  Studio of the Composer, Mexico City 
Length: 7 Minutes 32 Secs. 
52.
Study for Player Piano no 45a by Conlon Nancarrow
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Mexico 
Date of Recording: 01/1988 
Venue:  Studio of the Composer, Mexico City 
Length: 6 Minutes 36 Secs. 
53.
Study for Player Piano no 45b by Conlon Nancarrow
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Mexico 
Date of Recording: 01/1988 
Venue:  Studio of the Composer, Mexico City 
Length: 4 Minutes 45 Secs. 
54.
Study for Player Piano no 45c by Conlon Nancarrow
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Mexico 
Date of Recording: 01/1988 
Venue:  Studio of the Composer, Mexico City 
Length: 7 Minutes 8 Secs. 
55.
Study for Player Piano no 48a by Conlon Nancarrow
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Mexico 
Date of Recording: 01/1988 
Venue:  Studio of the Composer, Mexico City 
Length: 6 Minutes 39 Secs. 
56.
Study for Player Piano no 48b by Conlon Nancarrow
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Mexico 
Date of Recording: 01/1988 
Venue:  Studio of the Composer, Mexico City 
Length: 6 Minutes 28 Secs. 
57.
Study for Player Piano no 48c by Conlon Nancarrow
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Mexico 
Date of Recording: 01/1988 
Venue:  Studio of the Composer, Mexico City 
Length: 6 Minutes 39 Secs. 
58.
Study for Player Piano no 49a by Conlon Nancarrow
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Mexico 
Date of Recording: 01/1988 
Venue:  Studio of the Composer, Mexico City 
Length: 1 Minutes 53 Secs. 
59.
Study for Player Piano no 49b by Conlon Nancarrow
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Mexico 
Date of Recording: 01/1988 
Venue:  Studio of the Composer, Mexico City 
Length: 2 Minutes 44 Secs. 
60.
Study for Player Piano no 49c by Conlon Nancarrow
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Mexico 
Date of Recording: 01/1988 
Venue:  Studio of the Composer, Mexico City 
Length: 3 Minutes 25 Secs. 
61.
Study for Player Piano no 36 by Conlon Nancarrow
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1977; Mexico 
Date of Recording: 01/1988 
Venue:  Studio of the Composer, Mexico City 
Length: 3 Minutes 42 Secs. 

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