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Cage: Imaginary Landscapes / Angius, Ensemble Prometeo

Cage / Ensemble Prometeo / Angius
Release Date: 07/10/2012 
Label:  Stradivarius   Catalog #: 33918   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  John Cage
Conductor:  Marco Angius
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Prometeo
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



CAGE Imaginary Landscapes Nos. 1-5. Sixteen Dances Marco Angius, cond; Ens Prometeo STRADIVARIUS 33918 (67:27)


John Cage designated the title Imaginary Landscape for some of his most radical conceptions between 1939 (No. 1, for two variable speed phonographs, frequency records, muted piano, and cymbal) and 1952 (for phonograph and 42 recordings)—including the infamous No. 4 (1951), for 12 radios. In these five works he Read more explored unconventional sound sources, rudimentary electronics, non-synchronous parts, indeterminacy, and noise, and in so doing changed the musical landscape for the future. The first three are conventionally notated—though they seldom sound so—and the performances by the Ensemble Prometeo are accurate as well as energetic and, frequently, jolting. Numbers 4 and 5, on the other hand, are based on requirements calculated to sound different with every performance. Here in No. 5 recognizable fragments of Cage’s own music are heard colliding within the collage of other, non-related recordings. In the piece for 12 radios, there is more buzzing, droning, between-station static, and less of the incidental music or disembodied voices typically heard in other performances, but Cage’s intentions come through loud and clear.


It was an interesting programmatic choice to pair these groundbreaking works with the Sixteen Dances of 1951. The instrumentation is flute, trumpet, piano, violin, cello, and four percussionists, and Cage constructed the music from a sound chart of 64 different events to assure a continuous variety of attacks, rhythms, timbres, and combinations. Though the method of composing is quite different, the resulting flow of disconnected details is similar to many of Cage’s late-period “time bracket” scores. Critics have had good things to say about the work—in reviews of the recording by Ingo Metzmacher and Ensemble Modern (RCA), Robert Carl called the music “consistently beautiful and playful,” and Mike Silverton “a pleasure and a surprise” (both in Fanfare 19:1). I agree, and enjoyed the version by Gil Rose and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP) (see Fanfare 33:4). Like the latter performance, Ensemble Prometeo’s account is brisk and highly inflected, but sounds even more disjunct and unpredictable; at times instruments cohere in Stravinsky-like rhythms, elsewhere sounds swell and fade, drift, then detonate, like a random field of activity that occasionally gets stuck in repetitive juts. In this case the sounds seem to have (in the words of poet and art critic John Ashbery describing Cage’s etchings) “a life of their own that is closer to life than to art.” A successful disc from all angles.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Imaginary Landscape no 1 by John Cage
Conductor:  Marco Angius
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Prometeo
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; USA 
Length: 6 Minutes 23 Secs. 
2.
Imaginary Landscape no 3 for 6 Percussionists by John Cage
Conductor:  Marco Angius
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Prometeo
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; USA 
Length: 3 Minutes 4 Secs. 
3.
Imaginary Landscape no 5 by John Cage
Conductor:  Marco Angius
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Prometeo
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; USA 
Length: 3 Minutes 3 Secs. 
4.
Imaginary Landscape no 2 "March no 1" by John Cage
Conductor:  Marco Angius
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Prometeo
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; USA 
Length: 5 Minutes 32 Secs. 
5.
Imaginary Landscape no 4 "March no 2" by John Cage
Conductor:  Marco Angius
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Prometeo
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951; USA 
Length: 5 Minutes 51 Secs. 
6.
Sixteen Dances by John Cage
Conductor:  Marco Angius
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Prometeo
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951; USA 
Length: 8 Minutes 25 Secs. 

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