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Frederic Rzewski: The People United Will Never Be Defeated! - Four Hands

Ursula Oppens, Jerome Lowenthal

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The People United Will Never Be Defeated  
1
Theme: With determination
Frederic Rzewski; Ursula Oppens
1:20
2
Variation 1: Weaving: delicate but firm
Frederic Rzewski; Ursula Oppens
0:50
3
Variation 2: With firmness
Frederic Rzewski; Ursula Oppens
0:52
4
Variation 3: quarter note = ca. 88, Slightly slower, with expressive nuances
Frederic Rzewski; Ursula Oppens
1:09
5
Variation 4: Marcato - With determination
Frederic Rzewski; Ursula Oppens
0:59
6
Variation 5: Dreamlike, frozen
Frederic Rzewski; Ursula Oppens
1:02
7
Variation 6: Same tempo as beginning
Frederic Rzewski; Ursula Oppens
1:07
8
Variation 7: Tempo (Lightly, impatiently)
Frederic Rzewski; Ursula Oppens
0:58
9
Variation 8: With agility, not too much pedal, crisp
Frederic Rzewski; Ursula Oppens
1:08
10
Variation 9: half note = 48, Evenly
Frederic Rzewski; Ursula Oppens
1:00
11
Variation 10: quarter note = 96, Comodo, recklessly
Frederic Rzewski; Ursula Oppens
1:00
12
Variation 11: Tempo I (quarter note = 106)
Frederic Rzewski; Ursula Oppens
0:58
13
Variation 12
Frederic Rzewski; Ursula Oppens
1:09
14
Variation 13: quarter note = 72 or slightly faster
Frederic Rzewski; Ursula Oppens
1:34
15
Variation 14: A bit faster, optimistically
Frederic Rzewski; Ursula Oppens
1:34
16
Variation 15: Flexible, like an improvisation
Frederic Rzewski; Ursula Oppens
1:14
17
Variation 16
Frederic Rzewski; Ursula Oppens
1:21
18
Variation 17: L.H. strictly half note = 36, R.H. freely, roughly as in space
Frederic Rzewski; Ursula Oppens
1:00
19
Variation 18: quarter note = 72
Frederic Rzewski; Ursula Oppens
1:26
20
Variation 19: dotted quarter note = 144, With energy
Frederic Rzewski; Ursula Oppens
0:37
21
Variation 20: Crisp, precise, quarter note = 144
Frederic Rzewski; Ursula Oppens
0:35
22
Variation 21: quarter note = 108, Relentless, uncompromising
Frederic Rzewski; Ursula Oppens
0:53
23
Variation 22: quarter note = 132
Frederic Rzewski; Ursula Oppens
0:48
24
Variation 23: As fast as possible, with some rubato
Frederic Rzewski; Ursula Oppens
0:28
25
Variation 24: quarter note = 72
Frederic Rzewski; Ursula Oppens
2:00
26
Variation 25: quarter note = ca. 84, with fluctuations
Frederic Rzewski; Ursula Oppens
1:55
27
Variation 26: quarter note = 168, In a militant manner
Frederic Rzewski; Ursula Oppens
1:09
28
Variation 27: quarter note = 72 Tenderly, and with a hopeful expression
Frederic Rzewski; Ursula Oppens
4:46
29
Variation 28: quarter note = 160
Frederic Rzewski; Ursula Oppens
1:22
30
Variation 29: quarter note = 144-152
Frederic Rzewski; Ursula Oppens
0:32
31
Variation 30: quarter note = 84
Frederic Rzewski; Ursula Oppens
2:18
32
Variation 31: quarter note = 106
Frederic Rzewski; Ursula Oppens
0:55
33
Variation 32
Frederic Rzewski; Ursula Oppens
0:57
34
Variation 33
Frederic Rzewski; Ursula Oppens
0:58
35
Variation 34
Frederic Rzewski; Ursula Oppens
1:02
36
Variation 35
Frederic Rzewski; Ursula Oppens
1:03
37
Variation 36
Frederic Rzewski; Ursula Oppens
1:22
38
Cadenza
Frederic Rzewski; Ursula Oppens
2:38
39
Thema: Tempo I
Frederic Rzewski; Ursula Oppens
2:40
Four Hands  
40
I. quarter note = 96-104
Frederic Rzewski; Ursula Oppens; Jerome Lowenthal
6:06
41
II. senza misura (ca. 30 seconds per line)
Frederic Rzewski; Ursula Oppens; Jerome Lowenthal
3:14
42
III. quarter note = 72
Frederic Rzewski; Ursula Oppens; Jerome Lowenthal
1:28
43
IV. quarter note = 96
Frederic Rzewski; Ursula Oppens; Jerome Lowenthal
5:05
Total Playing Time    66:32
American composer Frederic Rzewski wrote The People United Will Never Be Defeated! for Grammy nominated new music icon Ursula Oppens in 1975; Oppens has re-recorded this remarkable, monumental set of solo piano variations to mark its 40th anniversary, earning more Grammy nominations. This riveting, audience pleasing tour-de-force is a nearly hour-long set of 36 variations on a popular Chilean protest song from the era of Augusto Pinochet’s repressive right wing military dictatorship. A bonus on this album is the world premiere recording of Rzewski's fiercely challenging work Four Hands, a duet commissioned by and written for Oppens and her duet partner, pianist Jerome Lowenthal.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Cedille Studio Masters

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