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John Cage
As it is

Alexei Lubimov piano, prepared piano
Natalia Pschenitschnikova voice
 

Dream
The Wonderful Widow of Eighteen Springs
The Unavailable Memory of
A Flower
Music for Marcel Duchamp
Experiences No. 2
A Room

Three Songs

I. Twenty years after
II. Is it as it was
III. At East and ingredients

Two Pieces for Piano
I
II

Five Songs
1. little four paws
2. little Christmas tree
3. in Just-
4. hist whist
5. Tumbling hair

Prelude for Meditation
She is Asleep
Nowth upon nacht
Dream var.


Recorded December 2011

ECM New Series 2268
 
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A fresh approach to one of contemporary composition’s most iconoclastic and inventive figures, issued on the occasion of John Cage’s 100th birthday. Early Cage is the subject here, strikingly original songs and piano pieces from the 1930s and 1940s. Songs in which Cage sets words by writers whose vision was as independent as his own – James Joyce, Gertrude Stein, E. E. Cummings. As Paul Griffiths writes, “The music exists in singing that has a raw, living edge, and it exists in piano tone that can be utterly simple and utterly remarkable. There is also a third presence that of the producer, bringing forward the extraordinary resonances that come from Lubimov’s piano, with preparation or without.” Lubimov championed Cage’s work in Russia and later had a close working relationship with the composer. He grasps both the playfulness of the music and its message of freedom. Recorded December 2011 in Zürich.


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