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Scene Cage: Complete Piano Music Vol 7 / Schleiermacher


Release Date: 08/28/2001 
Label:  Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm)   Catalog #: 6130793   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  John Cage
Performer:  Steffen Schleiermacher
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Volume 7 of Steffen Schleiermacher's complete John Cage piano music survey encompasses a nice cross-section of the composer's earlier through-composed, "non-prepared" works for the instrument. As with previous volumes in this series, Schleiermacher's technical finesse and keen ear for nuance and color help him to reveal numerous pianistic beauties in these scores that often are glossed over by self-described Cage specialists. For example, The Seasons' rainbow-like arpeggios, prismatic tone clusters in different registers, and split-second changes of mood and texture are ravishingly shaped and proportioned in a manner akin to Walter Gieseking's Debussy. Even the spindly lines and percussive repeated notes in Metamorphosis move in Read more long arcs that are rhythmically centered without sounding notey. Ophelia gets a fierce, grantic performance that pounces on Cage's volatile dynamic contrasts in a manner quite different from Margaret Leng Tan's more lyrically conversational reading (New Albion), or Anthony de Mare's altogether quicker, more compact version (Koch).


If Schleiermacher doesn't convey the Jazz Study's relaxed syncopation with total idiomatic assurance, he brings a lovely, undulating continuity to the darting linear displacements characterizing the second of the 1935 Two Pieces. It's quite different from Anthony De Mare's driving, Prokofiev-like conception. Listeners familiar with the prepared piano piece A Room (1943) included on Volume 1 in this series will be fascinated to compare it to the work's "unprepared" counterpart presented here. The former is mysterious and hypnotic, the latter sounds simple, aphoristic, and disarming. In sum, a delightfully varied program, exceedingly well played, superbly engineered, and graced with excellent booklet notes.
--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Ophelia by John Cage
Performer:  Steffen Schleiermacher (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; USA 
Date of Recording: 03/2000 
Venue:  Fürstliche Reitbahn Bad Arolsen 
Length: 8 Minutes 0 Secs. 
2. The Seasons by John Cage
Performer:  Steffen Schleiermacher (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; USA 
Date of Recording: 03/2000 
Venue:  Fürstliche Reitbahn Bad Arolsen 
Length: 16 Minutes 6 Secs. 
3. Jazz Study by John Cage
Performer:  Steffen Schleiermacher (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: circa 1942 
Date of Recording: 03/2000 
Venue:  Fürstliche Reitbahn Bad Arolsen 
Length: 2 Minutes 52 Secs. 
4. Metamorphosis for Prepared Piano by John Cage
Performer:  Steffen Schleiermacher (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; USA 
Date of Recording: 03/2000 
Venue:  Fürstliche Reitbahn Bad Arolsen 
Length: 15 Minutes 39 Secs. 
5. Quest: 2nd movement by John Cage
Performer:  Steffen Schleiermacher (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; USA 
Date of Recording: 03/2000 
Venue:  Fürstliche Reitbahn Bad Arolsen 
Length: 1 Minutes 29 Secs. 
6. A Room by John Cage
Performer:  Steffen Schleiermacher (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; USA 
Date of Recording: 03/2000 
Venue:  Fürstliche Reitbahn Bad Arolsen 
Length: 3 Minutes 25 Secs. 
7. Triple Paced by John Cage
Performer:  Steffen Schleiermacher (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943/1944; USA 
Date of Recording: 03/2000 
Venue:  Fürstliche Reitbahn Bad Arolsen 
Length: 3 Minutes 9 Secs. 
8. Soliloquy by John Cage
Performer:  Steffen Schleiermacher (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; USA 
Date of Recording: 03/2000 
Venue:  Fürstliche Reitbahn Bad Arolsen 
Length: 3 Minutes 4 Secs. 
9. Easy Pieces (3) for Piano by John Cage
Performer:  Steffen Schleiermacher (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933; USA 
Date of Recording: 03/2000 
Venue:  Fürstliche Reitbahn Bad Arolsen 
Length: 6 Minutes 52 Secs. 
10. Crete by John Cage
Performer:  Steffen Schleiermacher (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; USA 
Date of Recording: 03/2000 
Venue:  Fürstliche Reitbahn Bad Arolsen 
Length: 1 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with 'Dad.' 
11. Ad Lib by John Cage
Performer:  Steffen Schleiermacher (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; USA 
Date of Recording: 03/2000 
Venue:  Fürstliche Reitbahn Bad Arolsen 
Length: 3 Minutes 56 Secs. 
12. Dad by John Cage
Performer:  Steffen Schleiermacher (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; USA 
Date of Recording: 03/2000 
Venue:  Fürstliche Reitbahn Bad Arolsen 
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with 'Crete.' 
13. Pieces (2) for Piano [ca 1935, rev 1974] by John Cage
Performer:  Steffen Schleiermacher (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935/1974; USA 
Date of Recording: 03/2000 
Venue:  Fürstliche Reitbahn Bad Arolsen 
Length: 3 Minutes 57 Secs. 
14. Pieces (2) for Piano [1946] by John Cage
Performer:  Steffen Schleiermacher (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; USA 
Date of Recording: 03/2000 
Venue:  Fürstliche Reitbahn Bad Arolsen 
Length: 9 Minutes 27 Secs. 

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