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Perkin' At Merkin

Release Date: 07/31/2012 
Label:  Mode   Catalog #: 25   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Iannis XenakisRecorded SoundMorton FeldmanNils Vigeland,   ... 
Performer:  Michael PuglieseJan WilliamsChristopher NappiKory Grossman,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 16 Mins. 

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Perkin' at Merkin

1. IANNIS XENAKIS (b.1922)
Psappha (1976) 16:02
2. MORTON FELDMAN (b.1926-87)
The King of Denmark (1964) 5:38 First CD release
3. NILS VIGELAND (b.1950)
Progress (1984) 21:41 First recording
4. JOHN CAGE (b.1912-1992)
Music for Four (1984) 14:46 First recording*
5. PER NØRGÅRD (b.1922)
Waves (1969) 11:20
6. HENRY MANCINI (b.1924-1995)

Theme from Peter Gunn (1976) 5:10 First recording*

* with Kory Grossman, Christopher Nappi and William Trigg, percussion

Arranged for percussion quartet by Michael Pugliese

Some of the finest major works for percussion collected on one
Read more disc for the first time. Former Merce Cunningham Dance Company percussionist Michael Pugliese's recital was recorded live with its raw energy in spectacular sound. The program begins with Xenakis' ominous, virtuostic Psappha for solo percussion, making vivid contrast to Feldman's The King of Denmark, a delicately detailed work played piannisimo throughout. Vigeland's Progress sets Pugliese's live performance against a backdrop of taped percussion sounds, with bursts of pitched and non-pitched percussion sounds standing out against a layer of shimmering, harmonically elusive marimba figures. Cage's Music for Four, scored for four percussionists playing over 200 instruments, received its world premiere at the concert. Nørgård's Waves builds pulsating waves of sounds from congas, almglocken, tam-tams, cymbals and the bouncing of rubber balls on timpani. The recital climaxes with Pugliese's arrangement of the classic Mancini TV-theme for PETER GUNN for four percussionists, of which Allan Kozinn of the New York Times said: "...(an) astonishingly vital, amusing and rambunctious arrangement." 76 minutes of music!
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Works on This Recording

Psappha by Iannis Xenakis
Performer:  Michael Pugliese (Percussion)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1975; Paris, France 
Length: 16 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Applause by Recorded Sound
Length: 0 Minutes 14 Secs. 
The King of Denmark by Morton Feldman
Performer:  Michael Pugliese (Percussion)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1964; USA 
Length: 5 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Progress, for percussion by Nils Vigeland
Performer:  Michael Pugliese (Percussion), Jan Williams (Percussion)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1984 
Length: 21 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Four4: Music for Four by John Cage
Performer:  Christopher Nappi (Percussion), Kory Grossman (Percussion), William Trigg (Percussion),
Michael Pugliese (Percussion)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1991 
Length: 14 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Peter Gunn: Theme by Henry Mancini
Performer:  William Trigg (Percussion), Michael Pugliese (Percussion), Christopher Nappi (Percussion),
Kory Grossman (Percussion)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Length: 5 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Waves, for percussion by Per Norgĺrd
Performer:  Michael Pugliese (Percussion)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 1969; Denmark 
Length: 11 Minutes 19 Secs. 

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