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Cage: Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano

John Cage, John Tilbury Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (18 Dec 2008)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: White Label Productions Ltd
  • ASIN: B000EQHV98
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 241,312 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sonata I
2. Sonata II
3. Sonata III
4. Sonata IV
5. First Interlude
6. Sonata V
7. Sonata VI
8. Sonata VII
9. Sonata VIII
10. Second Interlude
11. Third Interlude
12. Sonata IX
13. Sonata X
14. Sonata XI
15. Sonata XII
16. Fourth Interlude
17. Sonata XIII
18. Sonata XIV
19. Sonata XV
20. Sonata XVI

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One of John Cage's most important works for prepared piano in a soughtafter recording by one of the champions of twentieth-century piano music, English pianist John Tilbury (who will be 70 in 2006) "...sensitively played by
an expert and recorded with obvious fascination for the sounds as such." Gramophone

John Tilbury - prepared piano

Recorded at All Saint's, Petersham, December 1974

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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I remember the glee with which I received this recording when it was first released on LP. I had already heard John Tilbury play the work at Ronnie Scott's Club in Soho, so knew what a master he was of these 20th century reflections of the classic Scarlatti sonata structure. The transfer is very good. The sound much clearer than that on the LP. The timbres are very well captured and with Tilbury, the tuning of the preparations is so much more enticing than on some recordings where the ruler has been the determining factor in the placing of the mutes. He takes Cage's measurements as his guide, but his ears are the final arbiters.

The one minor annoyance is that the track division error which characterized the original appearance on CD (Decca Japan) remains in this issue. Track 14 starts about 25 seconds before the end of the 10th Sonata, and Sonata 11 therefore commences 25 seconds into that track. No problem if you listen straight through, but is you want to listen to just Sonata 10 or 11, there is no easy way to programme either of them. Put up with this little inconvenience though. The performance is well and truly worth it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very rewarding 22 April 2012
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Actually there isn't really anything to add to the excellent review just before this one. In fact I just thought to add another quick review to make the record more 'visible' for people passing buy or browsing the works of Cage, and so this set of Sonatas and Interludes - for Prepared Piano.

I also found the recording excellent as it's a wonderful experience to hear this music played and recorded so well. If you don't know Cage's works for piano you may well be surprised to hear these which are very rhythmic, and - as intended - at times makes you wonder if this could be actually titled 'Gamelan Music for Piano', which is what he was 'into' at the time. All this means that the music isn't at all abstract, but rather calm and hypnotic (at the same time). As Tilbury mentions, it's partly about 'tranquillity' in the final analysis. One should add - as the previous reviewer did - that Tilbury's attitude is to play the pieces 'musically' and less as an intellectual exercise. This probably explains why many people talk about this recording as a definitive version over the few other versions available.

All in all I was very happily surprised by this wonderful music and of course the fantastic interpretations of John Tilbury.
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