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  • Performer: David Greilsammer
  • Audio CD (17 Mar. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music Classical
  • ASIN: B00HUH19VU
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 184,687 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Sonata in D Minor, K. 213: Andante 7:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Sonatas and Interludes: Sonata XVI & XV "Gemini" 4:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Sonata in D Minor, K. 141: Allegro 3:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  5. Sonata in E Major, K. 531: Allegro 3:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  7. Sonata in B Minor, K. 27: Allegro 3:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Sonatas and Interludes: Sonata I 3:04£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Sonata in B Minor, K. 87: Andante Mosso 4:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Sonatas and Interludes: Sonata XII 3:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Sonata in A Minor, K. 175: Allegro 4:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Sonatas and Interludes: Sonata XVI 4:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Sonata in E Major, K. 381: Andante commodo 6:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Sonatas and Interludes: Sonata V 1:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Sonata in D Major, K. 492: Presto 3:22£0.99  Buy MP3 

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About this album:
  • An acoustic journey throughout the world of classical piano, bringing together two completely different worlds with regards to style and time.
  • The Cage sonatas are for prepared piano (mostly using screws and various types of bolts, but also with fifteen pieces of rubber, four pieces of plastic, several nuts and one eraser).
  • The Sonatas share certain aspects in common: Just as Cage used (as one of the first western composers to do so) the ideas, philosophies and rhythmic structures of traditional Indian music, the Scarlatti sonatas are often based on Andalusian folk music (Flamenco) which is derived from the music of the gypsies (who originated in North India)

    “Music from another planet. This is how I always felt when listening to the Sonatas of John Cage and Domenico Scarlatti. As true visionaries, ahead of their time, they treated the Sonata not as a rigid and momentous form but as a magic space devoted to creation and experimentation. More than two hundred years separate the two composers, but their Sonatas seem to be so much alike: short, provocative, passionate, full of wild colours, and bursting with fresh rhythms. Light years away from to the traditional Sonata who ruled during these two centuries, Scarlatti and Cage treated this form as an enlightened, free, pop-like entity. Searching their feverish imagination, they transformed each one of these pieces into a messenger from an unknown world. Embracing the future and its innovations, the Sonatas seem to be staring at us from their distant planet.” David Greilsammer

    About David Greilsammer:

    Conductor and pianist David Greilsammer is recognised as one of the most imaginative and audacious artists of today. Following his 2004 concert debut at New York’s Lincoln Center, he went on to become ‘Young Musician of the Year’ at the French Music Awards and has since gained international acclaim for his unique and bold approach to music. Known for his fascinating programmes, David Greilsammer has been hailed by critics and audiences for the sensitivity, freshness and elegance of his performances. Last December, The New York Times selected his last solo album “Baroque Conversations” (Sony Classical), as well as his last New York recital, among the best and most interesting events of the year.

    David Greilsammer is Music and Artistic Director of the Geneva Camerata (GECA). With this innovative and creative ensemble, he will perform over thirty concerts during the 2013-2014 season, including concerts in Berlin, Paris and London, appearances at the Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad and Electron Festivals, as well as collaborations with dancers, painters, video artists and actors, in a variety of outstanding venues. During Geneva Camerata’s main concert series, David Greilsammer conducts the ensemble with an eclectic programme, featuring today’s greatest soloists, such as Steven Isserlis, Emmanuel Pahud, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Andreas Scholl, and Daniel Hope.

    Greilsammer has also served as Artistic Director of the Suedama Ensemble in New York, with whom he made his debut recording in 2006. The success of this disc was immediately followed by an exclusive contract with Naïve Records and three critically-acclaimed albums: a solo recital named “fantaisie_fantasme”, Mozart’s late piano concertos conducted from the keyboard, and a live concert in Paris with Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. In 2011, David Greilsammer signed an exclusive contract with Sony Classical, releasing two albums in 2012.

    Born in Jerusalem in 1977, Greilsammer started his music studies at the Rubin Conservatory in his native city. After his military service in Israel, he attended The Juilliard School as a student of Yoheved Kaplinsky, in addition to studies with Richard Goode.

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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By William Burn VINE VOICE on 21 Mar. 2014
    Format: Audio CD
    This is not the first pairing of Scarlatti and Cage on disc, and at the first listen you can see why. The two composers share an economy of means, a directness of musical expression and an interest in expanding their musical language that makes them ideal bedfellows. In this CD, David Greilsammer puts together a wonderful musical recital where the genius of individual works becomes part of an even more satisfying whole.

    Scarlatti was a direct contemporary of Bach, his keyboard sonatas bear the hallmarks of the high baroque. K87, for example, could have been taken from in Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier. Yet others look forward as Bach never did, such K175, parts of which could be by Beethoven.

    Cage's Sonatas for prepared piano were composed in the 1940s, and at first glance must appear radically different to Scarlatti: at times, the piano doesn't even sound like a piano, yet there are deep affinities here. Scarlatti's interest in musical structures is echoed in Cage's fascination with mathematical proportions and fractions. What seems to unite these works, though, is the approach of two composers to the instrument itself: both seek to find new ways of making expressive, new sonorities and musical ideas.

    The CD is beautifully balanced. The works are almost all somewhere between 3 and 4 minutes long, and the progression from one to another makes it almost impossible to break off. There is no sense of one work ending and another beginning, but of a musical dialogue taking place.

    This is an enormously satisfying disc, the Scarlatti sonatas performed with great artistry and skill, and the Cage realised in utterly compelling fashion. It will be one to which I return many times, I am sure.
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    Amazon.com: 3 reviews
    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    By David Keymer - Published on Amazon.com
    Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
    GREILSAMMER, David. Scarlatti and Cag Sonatas. SONY. 2014. DG, p.

    David Greilsammer is an Israeli pianist who has produced a series of stunning albums. At the heart of them is his mastery of the 17th and early 18th century masters but he is a whiz at combining songs old and new so that they play off of each other, keeping you alert to what is happening in each separate piece. His newest album (on SONY) is called Scarlatti/Cage. On it he plays in alternation short piano sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti and modernist John Cage. The Cage pieces are played on a prepared piano, the Scarlatti not. Amazingly enough, they fit together extraordinarily well. This album, like Greilsammer's earlier solo albums, is a find.

    (If you like this album, you should also listen to Greilsammer's Baroque Conversations [2012] and Fantaisie Fantasme [2007] as well as Mozart in Between [2013] --the latter is performed with a chamber orchestra.)
    Sonatas Journey 26 Jun. 2014
    By Ramona S. Owen - Published on Amazon.com
    I discovered this music on my local classical radio station, KING FM, and was intrigued by the John Cage aspect. Am crazy for Cage! My Mother studied with Merce Cunningham under Martha Graham back in the day. So I gifted this album to a composer friend who's a fan of Scarlatti, and he really likes the combination of all the musicians involved.
    Exquisite Stimulating Recital 21 Jun. 2014
    By I. Martinez-Ybor - Published on Amazon.com
    Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
    David Greilsammer, a wonderful pianist and conductor (music director of the wonderful and chameleonic Geneva Camerata), Mr. Greilsammer though young, has a substantial and varied number of recordings to his name covering a wide range of music, baroque pieces, young Mozart's piano concertos, even crowd pleasers like a remarkably fresh Rhapsody in Blue. He is a very intelligent program confectioner, as this present record demonstrates. It is no mere gimmick to juxtapose at face values such different composers as Scarlatti and Cabe, divided by centuries. There is an underlying serious purpose that one can note in so smoothly demonstrating the continuity of music, even as rhetoric changes. Mr. Greilsammer's careful selection of pieces make evident aurally the thesis he expounds the program notes he wrote for this album: there are inherent structural affinities between the short sonatas of Scarlatti and those of Cage, but the power of our western music is continuous even if expressed differently. There is no violence going from one composer to the other, and they do follow each other in quick succession, dove-tailing one into another, the pieces having been selected so that the flow is an easy one, much like having a conversation, which many of us do, in which one goes from one language into another seamlessly and then back to the first; it's only one idea flows better one way and another in a different way, so from Scarlatti to Cage to Scarlatti. Aurally, it is a delight. It would be a mistake to cherry pick the album, as that defeats the unique treat Mr. Greilsammer has concocted for us. Of course at some future point one can do so, enjoying some favorite Scarlatti sonata as he executes it or discovering the rhythmic subtleties and immense colorings in this or that Cage number that stuck in mind. This album plays best when played through, and one composer follows the other so naturally and deliciously. It should be noted that this is no recording gimmick, but rather Mr. Greilsammer has been touring the program for quite a while with marked success with two pianos facing each other on stage, so that all he has to do is turn around on the same bench to go from virgin strings for the Scarlatti to the nuts and nails of the prepared piano for Cage. This recording is highly recommended, and one hopes David Greilsammer, in whatever capacity, pianist or conductor, keeps giving us more of his wonderful music making.
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