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 thesubject 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.
Alexei Lobimov - piano, prepared piano Natalia Pschenitschnikova - voice
01. Dream 8:28
02. The Wonderful Widow of Eighteen Springs
03. The Unavailable Memory of
04. A Flower
05. Music for Marcel Duchamp
06. Experiences No. 2
07. A Room
Three Songs 08. I. Twenty years after
09. II. Is it as it was
10. III. At East and ingredients
Two Pieces for Piano 11. I.
Five Songs 13. 1 - little four paws
14. 2 - little Christmas tree
15. 3 - in Just-
16. 4 - hist whist
17. 5 - Tumbling hair
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