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  • Performer: Boris Berman
  • Composer: John Cage
  • Audio CD (1 Oct. 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B000026C18
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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  1. Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano: Sonata No. 1 3:10£0.79  Buy MP3 
  2. Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano: Sonata No. 2 2:32£0.79  Buy MP3 
  3. Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano: Sonata No. 3 2:26£0.79  Buy MP3 
  4. Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano: Sonata No. 4 2:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
  5. Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano: First Interlude 3:29£0.79  Buy MP3 
  6. Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano: Sonata No. 5 1:51£0.79  Buy MP3 
  7. Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano: Sonata No. 6 2:28£0.79  Buy MP3 
  8. Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano: Sonata No. 7 2:31£0.79  Buy MP3 
  9. Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano: Sonata No. 8 2:54£0.79  Buy MP3 
10. Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano: Second Interlude 4:02£0.79  Buy MP3 
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13. Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano: Sonata No. 10 4:08£0.79  Buy MP3 
14. Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano: Sonata No. 11 3:39£0.79  Buy MP3 
15. Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano: Sonata No. 12 3:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
16. Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano: Fourth Interlude 2:47£0.79  Buy MP3 
17. Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano: Sonata No. 13 3:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
18. Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano: Sonatas No. 14 and No. 15, "Gemini" (after Richard Lippold) 6:21£0.79  Buy MP3 
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Sonates et Interludes pour piano préparé / Boris Berman, piano préparé

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52 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Dylan T. Hayden on 9 May 2001
Format: Audio CD
Those who have never heard Cage's music for prepared piano may be surprised by the beauty and interest of the resulting works. Far from being a mere avant-garde gimmick or conceptual contrivance, Cage's careful manipulations are an authentic augmentation of musical resource, resulting in an inimitable and enjoyable sound world. The music itself inhabits a somewhat Satie-like realm of alternating meditation and whimsy, but it is delightfully enhanced by the range of novel and fascinating sounds produced by inserting objects between the strings and under the hammers of an ordinary piano. These sounds range from metallic chimes recalling glockenspiels or musical boxes to percussive thumps evoking African thumb pianos, woodblocks, and bongo drums. The result is a kind of miniature musical utopia, a gentle blending of the naive (toy music, Satie) and the primitive ("ethnic" rhythms and percussive effects). Performance and recording, though perhaps not of the very highest standard, are thoroughly enjoyable. This disc is a notable bargain and an ideal introduction to the work of a seminal figure in modern music.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Simon Mack - uk creative TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 13 Sept. 2009
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John Cage (1912-92) - rule breaking compositions for prepared piano

Yes i agree with the detailed reviewed already posted here. i bought this cd recently as was such a bargain on amazon and already bought Naxo's other Cage piano cd music for prepared piano vol.2 some years back. i thought it was time to concur that Cage's music is well recorded and played here and was composed in 1940's. This naxos cd at bargain price- is a fine intro to his radical + often brittle but beautiful sound world.

The sonatas and interludes(which each rarely pass the 4 minute mark) offer a complete overhaul from the heavy handed excesses of the late romantic school (Rachmaninov,Liszt etc) of piano composition, taking piano music into a insular,mystic inner-world influenced by Hindu + Zen mysticism, and is the all the better for that. Imagine taking the established rule book for piano music compositon - tonality , sonata form, fugues, exposition etc etc + then Cage ripping them up to make his own sound world via the piano - very inspirational outlook ! only Schoenberg + the later serialists in the 60's (Boulez etc)did more to re-write the rule book. Other 20th C masters of piano music and timbres to investigate are Kurtag, Messiaen, Ligeti and Nancarrow.

Highly recommended for the open minded music fan.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. C. J. Waldron on 26 Sept. 2011
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I was greatly surprised by how accessible this was and how interesting and melodic the music is. Not cut from the normal, this is an intriguing cd and well worth many listens.
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I came to the conclusion not long after listening to this music that it only really appeals to people with a super-intellectualised view of music. That its really difficult to grasp onto is my point, just being random. The macro world is never totally random so in a way it represents just an artificial musicology.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
A fine performance of an avant garde classic. 9 Oct. 1999
By William F. Long - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Cage's "Sonatas & Interludes" go back to when he was actually composing music instead of rolling dice. They're written for a piano which has its strings' vibrations modified by various pieces of hardware to make it into a compact percussion orchestra. Some pieces hark back to Webern, some look ahead to Glass, others sound like gamelan or a Cuban percussion section. In this recording Berman brings out the best in the music, nicely adjusting to its moods and eccentricities. At its bargain price this recording is a must for all interested in the milestones of American music.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
emminently accessible 20 Jun. 2000
By Rob Watkins - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
john cage, one of the most provocative of the 20th century minimalist composers, gives us a rare glimpse of accessibility. known for incredibly experimental scores and works, including '4:33', a four and a half minute long moment of silence, some of which are harder to appreciate than others, he was also a master pianist, not afraid to tinker with the inner works, exploring just what sort of music 88 keys and a box full of strings might make with a few things added, like nuts and bolts, spoons and forks, just about anything to broaden the aural spectrum of the instrument. the results, as evidenced here, are extraordinary. without clogging up space with cascades of notes, mr. cage paints a canvas at once haunting and captivating. he asserted that this music was as much a spiritual exercise as an artistic one, exploring the tenets of asian religion in sound, and one must confess that this music indeed fosters contemplation. further, modern twelve-tone music is often stereotyped as beep-and-squonk noise, but here is an example of just how beautiful it can be, as well as exemplifying the inherent structure of modernist classical music. this is a great place for someone new to the music to explore. just a note on the performance itself: mr. berman is excellent, capturing not only mr. cage's structural composition, but also the feel. and with naxos' wonderfully low price, this recording recommends itself. enjoy!
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
For those afraid of "crazy modern music" 21 Mar. 2001
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Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I only want to add to the other glowing reviews that if you are someone who wants to expand your taste in music beyond the merely melodic but don't know where to start, this could be a very good place. I'm someone, for example, who has always considered Prokofiev about as far out as my taste could extend. I bought this disc because a friend recommended it (and because it's cheap!) and I love it! In fact, the second volume--Music For Prepared Piano, Vol. 2--just came out here in Europe, and I bought it immediately. I wasn't sorry. It's just as brilliant as the first.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
I defer to Mr. White, but I like this disc 27 April 2006
By Bryan Moore - Published on Amazon.com
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Edward Wright (see above review) knows more about this stuff than I do. I'm impressed that he has heard not one, not two, not three, but *four* different versions of Cage's Sonatas and Interludes! I thought I was doing great to hear just this one.

I have for a long time been interested in Cage as a sort of iconoclast and philosopher of sorts, so I picked this up at the good old Naxos bargain price, brought it home, listened to the first few pieces, and said, "What is this crap?"

But being no complete musical moron, I figured the idea of the music would grow on me, and grow on me it did. Lately, I want to hear this CD--not my Schubert or Beethoven--all the time. What initially sounded random and chaotic now seems magical. This music is by and large more rhythm and texture based than harmony based. It's tough music. I wonder what Ives would have thought of it (he never heard it, as far as I know).

When I hear Cage, I'm proud to be an American. The same goes for when I hear Ives.

I like this whole CD, but my favorite piece is, now at least, probably the Second Interlude, especially the last minute or so of it. It has a droning, clocklike, dreamy quality to it, but there might also be a little menace there as well, like the soundtrack to a slightly threatening dream. Much of this is, in fact, rather dreamlike.

This CD is positively not conventional Western music. The prepared piano highlights the percussive quality of the instrument (see Sonata 5), and the music seldom repeats itself thematically. It is brimming with ideas, but these are not ideas that everyone will find all that interesting.
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
contemplative, expressive 4 Aug. 2000
By vic spicer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
turn the volume all the way up on this one, as naxos engineers have caught every little nuance of the prepared piano. this collection of brief compositions sparkles with warmth and intensity. my favorite is track 18, in which the piano sounds like a gamelan.
if you're new to cage, this CD will grow on you. give it some time.
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