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Pauset: Canons for Piano / Hodges


Release Date: 08/18/2017 
Label:  Wergo   Catalog #: 73652  
Composer:  Brice Pauset
Performer:  Nicolas Hodges
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

It took the French composer Brice Pauset more than two decades to finish this monumental cycle that comprises 24 canons for piano. On the present album, the cycle is presented in its entirety for the first time by the British pianist Nicolas Hodges. It is a mysterious quality of the canon that captivates Pauset: Here, technique can change into an aesthetic experience. Masters of vocal polyphony from the Renaissance like Johannes Ockeghem showed how it is done - and Pauset takes up this musical mystery in his multi-part cycle of canons for piano. During the long composition process, Pauset's split relation to the piano undergoes a change. In ''Neuf Canons'' he brings the instrument to its limits, turning the keyboard virtuoso Nicolas Hudges Read more into a pedal virtuoso. The historical canon technique is most radically applied in ''Perspective Sintagma I'' for piano and electronics. In this work, Pauset adjusts interpretation and musical text to each other live and then reincorporates the differences in the composition. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Canons (3) for Piano by Brice Pauset
Performer:  Nicolas Hodges (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1989; France 
2.
Canons (5) for Piano by Brice Pauset
Performer:  Nicolas Hodges (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2002; France 
3.
Canons (7) for Piano by Brice Pauset
Performer:  Nicolas Hodges (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2010; France 
4.
Canons (9) for Piano by Brice Pauset
Performer:  Nicolas Hodges (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2010; France 
5.
Perspectivae Sintagma I (Canons) by Brice Pauset
Performer:  Nicolas Hodges (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1997; France 

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