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John Cage: As It Is

Alexei Lubimov, Natalia Pschenitschnikova

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1
Dream
John Cage; Alexei Lubimov
8:29
2
The Wonderful Widow Of Eighteen Springs (Words by James Joyce)
John Cage; Alexei Lubimov; Natalia Pschenitschnikova
3:02
3
The Unavailable Memory Of
John Cage; Alexei Lubimov
3:29
4
A Flower
John Cage; Alexei Lubimov; Natalia Pschenitschnikova
3:31
5
Music For Marcel Duchamp
John Cage; Alexei Lubimov
6:20
6
Experiences No. 2 (Words by E.E. Cummings)
John Cage; Alexei Lubimov; Natalia Pschenitschnikova
3:34
7
A Room
John Cage; Alexei Lubimov
2:12
Three Songs (words by Gertrude Stein)  
8
I. Twenty Years After
John Cage; Alexei Lubimov; Natalia Pschenitschnikova
0:30
9
II. Is It As It Was
John Cage; Alexei Lubimov; Natalia Pschenitschnikova
0:56
10
III. At East And Ingredients
John Cage; Alexei Lubimov; Natalia Pschenitschnikova
1:23
Two Pieces For Piano  
11
I
John Cage; Alexei Lubimov
5:03
12
II
John Cage; Alexei Lubimov
5:20
Five Songs (Words by E.E. Cummings)  
13
1. Little Four Paws
John Cage; Alexei Lubimov; Natalia Pschenitschnikova
1:43
14
2. Little Christmas Tree
John Cage; Alexei Lubimov; Natalia Pschenitschnikova
3:38
15
3. In Just-
John Cage; Alexei Lubimov; Natalia Pschenitschnikova
1:11
16
4. Hist Whist
John Cage; Alexei Lubimov; Natalia Pschenitschnikova
1:00
17
5. Tumbling Hair
John Cage; Alexei Lubimov; Natalia Pschenitschnikova
1:06
18
Prelude For Meditation
John Cage; Alexei Lubimov
1:26
19
She Is Asleep
John Cage; Alexei Lubimov; Natalia Pschenitschnikova
7:49
20
Nowth Upon Nacht
John Cage; Alexei Lubimov; Natalia Pschenitschnikova
1:23
21
Dream, Var.
John Cage; Alexei Lubimov
8:24
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    71:29
"... another marvellously atmospheric and deeply involving release ... opens up unexpected musical nuggets and provides context for (Cage's) entire creative world ..."
- MusicWeb International

"... a set of exquisitely turned early miniatures, performed by two artists who recollect the powerful effect of Cage's visit to Russia in 1988 ... shows Cage as a real composer."
- The Observer

"Five Stars ... Those who consider John Cage the king of chaos, ruling over a world of disconnected, random events, may be surprised by this wonderful CD ... the recording presents great clarity ... this is a crucial collection."
- BBC Music Magazine

Released in 2012 to celebrate the 100th birthday of John Cage, this is a wonderful and fresh account of the great iconoclast’s music from Moscow-born pianist Alexei Lubimov and vocalist Natalia Pschenitschnikova. Together they convey the playfulness, the serenity and the sense of freedom that animated Cage's music from the outset. The album consists mainly of Cage's early output, going back to the 1940s primarily, but also features settings of poems by Gertrude Stein and e. e. cummings from the 1930s as well as a late entry from 1984, a composition in memory of Cathy Berberian. Several of these pieces showcase prepared piano, Cage’s particular innovation, effectively transforming the grand piano into a makeshift Gamelan orchestra, conjuring gonglike sonorities from its harp of strings by the simple expedient of adding nuts, bolts, screws and pieces of wood and rubber weatherstripping.
44.1 kHz / 24-bit PCM – ECM Records Studio Masters

Recorded December 2011 at Radio Studio DRS, Zürich
Tonmeister: Stephan Schellmann
Liner Photos: Elena Mostovaya, Roberto Masotti (1)
Publisher: C. F. Peters, Frankfurt a. M.
The text of Alexei Lubimov was translated from Russian by Edmund Griffiths.
Cover Design: Sascha Kleis
Produced by Manfred Eicher

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