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John Cage Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (9 Sep 2013)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: MDG
  • ASIN: B0000021HL
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 403,693 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Bucchanale
2. Totem Ancestor
3. And The Earth Shall Bear Again
4. Primative
5. I.
6. II.
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Disc: 2
1. The Unavailable Memory Of
2. Spontaneous Earth
3. Triple Paced
4. I.
5. II.
6. III.
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Disc: 3
1. Sonata I.
2. Sonata II.
3. Sonata III.
4. Sonata IV.
5. Interlude I.
6. Sonata V.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Come on! try it 2 Sep 2007
Format:Audio CD
This is the "come on" to induce you to buy the complete set of ten boxed sets of Cage's piano music. You might not really want all that (I did!) but this first set is a good introduction, varied and no really long or really weird bits. There is even dance music here, the prepared piano stuff is even quite catchy. I must admit, if you have never heard of Cage read or listen to something before buying this, Chopin he is not (nor is his dance music like The Orb!)
The only reason to hold back is that (at least in Belgium) the complete set- a couple of dozen or so discs- is available in one box for a bargain price. If Cage virgin to complete set in one step sounds too much, stick with this set!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Early beautiful meditative Cage 25 Jan 2005
By scarecrow - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
You will not be disappointed or dismissive of this early music, primarily for prepared piano, an instrument that has sort of fallen out of existence. I know of no vigorous repertoire that had followed Cage's innovations. The idea for placing nuts and bolts, woodscrews and erasers between the piano's internal strings was from Henry Cowell, a piano timbral innovator in his own right. Cage developed the instrument as an accompaniment to the performances of Merce Cunningham dance in the early Forties, and the idea simple took off toward theatre,toward performance art and associative images, Lincoln Kirstein also commissioned works from Cage. Well here you get the full weight of this repertoire, and my favorite is "Perilous Night", it reveals the "subjectivity" residing in Cage despite his numerous attempts to circumvent his persona, Well it comes through here although you always sense that timbre and rhythm remain the primary focus of this early music.Also the un=prepared works, single exposed threadbare lines are what interested early Cage .The timbral differences of the piano preparation are interesting in and of itself and seem to engage concept and image;as "prelude and meditation",a minimal work of three four lines, only a few strings are prepared, or the "Music for Marcel Duchamp" where only the middle register of the piano is utilized with a single melody written in alto clef. This work has more a lyric interest yet having a deeply sombre feel to it.

The more expansive "Sonatas and Interludes" are all here, and there are now dozens of recordings,(like a standard within the repertoire,as Chopin's "preludes") and some play them fast(Joshua Pierce) others slow. I prefer the John Tilbury, Decca recording (now unavailable) but here as well the renderings/readings are quite engaging. The negative feature to all this music is that the timbre seems to never suggest anything more than what it is, it is like anything remains beautiful. Perhaps that is why there has not been a "thousand flowers" blooming from this instrument. It has astatic quality to it,one-dimensional. Cage you feel knew this and did introduce as much variety, distributions of densities, and rhythms, textures, and the structural plan as well adheres to maintaining an agenda for variety. The "Sonatas" here being the primary focus, the exposition, and the "Interludes" the digression relief from the gestural whole.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring 26 Mar 2013
By Colezy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The accompanying literature really gave a view of how original Cage's work was. It isn't suited for my everyday listening, but a welcome addition to my collection.
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