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Cage: Music For Piano Vol 4 / Giancarlo Simonacci

Release Date: 07/31/2012 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 9263  
Composer:  John Cage
Performer:  Giancarlo Simonacci
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

• Cage specialist Giancarlo Simonacci continues his survey into the works of John Cage with this newly recorded 3-CD set of music for piano solo.
• In these experimental works Cage offers an enormous freedom to the pianist, not only in the interpretation but also in the course of the work itself, where the pianist decides upon the actual outcome of the composition itself, so that every performance may have a different end result.
• Simonacci’s earlier issue of the music of Cage (Brilliant Classics 8189, 8850, 9176) have met with great critical acclaim, hailing him as one of the foremost Cage protagonists.

A composer, philosopher and writer on music who became one of the leading figures of the post-war avant-garde,
Read more John Cage is best remembered for his pioneering of the prepared piano, as well as his development of aleatoric (chance-controlled) music.This release is dedicated to two of his most monumental creations, separated by almost 30 years of prolific composition.

Written between 1952 and 1956, Music for piano 1–84 is the first to be featured. It’s a case in point as regards Cage’s belief that the interpretation of music is just as important as its composition, and although the score includes many a musical event, all of the detail – dynamics, tempi, character, quality of sound – is left to the pianist.This concept of handing power to the performer also applies to ASLSP for piano, whose purpose is revealed in its full title As SLow aS Possible; composed in 1985 and later revised for organ (so that its notes could sustain for even longer), the work typically ranges between 20 minutes and several hours in length.

Cage wrote these pieces in full knowledge that the choices of each interpreter would produce substantially different artistic outcomes. Featuring a wealth of timbres and including such experimental techniques as striking the inside of the piano’s iron framework, Simonacci’s performance is an authoritative one that seeks to challenge the listener’s perception of what exactly constitutes music.

• Recorded in 2011 in Italy.
• Includes booklet notes in English and Italian by the performer.
• Giancarlo Simonacci and Marco Simonacci have previously recorded Cage’s Piano Works and Cello Works on Brilliant Classics (9176). Read less

Works on This Recording

One 5 by John Cage
Performer:  Giancarlo Simonacci (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1990; USA 
One 2 by John Cage
Performer:  Giancarlo Simonacci (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1989; USA 
One by John Cage
Performer:  Giancarlo Simonacci (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1990; USA 
ASLSP by John Cage
Performer:  Giancarlo Simonacci (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1985; USA 
Music for Piano 1- 84 by John Cage
Performer:  Giancarlo Simonacci (Piano)

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