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4.0 out of 5 stars Not only complete, but also excellent
I haven't heard preparations as good as this since John Tilbury's Sonatas and Interludes.

There's a bit too much rubato in Giancarlo Simonacci's Sonatas and Interludes for me but it's still a great performance.

One simply amazing thing is that it's complete, it's cheap and wonderfully presented, in performance and production. Even the playlist works,...
Published on 27 April 2007 by Jamie Crofts

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3.0 out of 5 stars in a word - unven
john cage :sonatas and interludes for prepared piano
performer - julie steinberg (music and arts label:2004)

Uneven Cage ..
as a fan of recent years of avant-garde love/hate figure - john cage who is to some : guru,charlatan,provocateur + all round cult hero to many, this new aquisition proves that leaving so many performing variables to chance as it...
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not only complete, but also excellent, 27 April 2007
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I haven't heard preparations as good as this since John Tilbury's Sonatas and Interludes.

There's a bit too much rubato in Giancarlo Simonacci's Sonatas and Interludes for me but it's still a great performance.

One simply amazing thing is that it's complete, it's cheap and wonderfully presented, in performance and production. Even the playlist works, beginning with Bacchanale and ending with the Concerto for Prepared Piano.

There are compositions here many (most?) of us have read about but not heard.

I'm particularly excited about the recording of Amores which is extremely well done.

You just can't lose with this recording.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Challenging but still musical...., 27 Sep 2007
The nice thing about John Cage is that, unlike many avant garde and/or minimalist composers, John skillfully makes his material challenging but still MUSICAL. This is a good example. The tinkling toy pianos are, for example, a sound we can identify with, and we aren't jarred or shaken by John's original treatment of them in his work. This may not be his most groundbreaking material, but it's still a treat.
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3.0 out of 5 stars in a word - unven, 21 Oct 2012
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john cage :sonatas and interludes for prepared piano
performer - julie steinberg (music and arts label:2004)

Uneven Cage ..
as a fan of recent years of avant-garde love/hate figure - john cage who is to some : guru,charlatan,provocateur + all round cult hero to many, this new aquisition proves that leaving so many performing variables to chance as it were can be bad for the reputation of a leading cultural figure. to cut to the chase - this cd is not a first choice, it does little to "convert" new curious music fans to john cage's universe. why ? well my reference cd so far for this repertoire of Cage's most popular and approachable sound world is by Boris Berman on naxos. the differences between the two cds could hardly be more pronounced. let me explain..

my no.1 choice at present when compared with the Steinberg version here is actually the naxos version by Boris Berman which maintains a tightly controlled,logical progression in his playing that illuminates Cage's gradual development of this seeming abstract albeit sparse,metallic yet beautiful "music" for prepared piano (with its careful dampenings + screws insertion on a standard piano. Berman's focus + the piano he recorded with, underline's the composer's logical progression of the music through its twenty micro movements that repays many re-listens as the logic of the work unfolds to reveal inner calm,innovation and the debt to zen philosophy .

Steinberg's prepared piano however,i can only assume if the main culprit, rather than the playing itself for what is essence is very uneven, which lacks Berman's beautifully delicate playing (or Simonacci's coherent playing)of music should sound crystalline,delicate and subtley structured . what results in this cd is a loss of shape to the music, that can only aid doubters to say - so this is typical of post war avant -garde music then ? wrong. Steinberg and the buzzing, presumably ill prepared piano she uses only irritates existing fans of finer versions, whilst driving away possible new "converts". the detailed booklet notes are very good however which is something at least. even if your tempted to try this cd if sold at budget prices - don't.what is on show here is badly disjointed version of what should be beautiful, otherwordly music.

Giancarlo Simonacci's fine Cage series (on brilliant classics) is also recommended in addition to Berman on naxos as better choices. also - what some kind soul re-release the equally wonderous piano works of La Monte Young please ?

but for this Steinberg version ? in a word - uneven.
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