Label: Composers Recordings Inc. (CRI) - CD 700 • Series: American Masters • Format: CD Album, Reissue, Remastered • Country: US • Genre: Classical • Style: Modern
These are the earliest prepared piano recordings, dating from , and feature the fresh execution of Maro Ajemian, who sounds at complete ease in proximity to her groundbreaking position. Cage's pieces rely on the piano as a percussion instrument as much as a harmony instrument, and these sonatas sound beautifully rich as well as skillfully cropped.5/5(7).
French pianist Gerard Fremy's interpretation of Cage's classic Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano provides a new insight into this cycle of works exploring the prepared piano. Performances are fresh and lively with plenty of energy. Fremy had, at the time of the release of this recording, performed this cycle nearly 30 times -- and frequently with Cage himself in the audience.6/
· Maro Ajemian, to whom the Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano are dedicated, gave them their first public performance at Carnegie Hall in and made the first recording the following year. She had worked with Cage, performing some of the sonatas before the full set was completed, so it can be assumed that her performance would have had his approval.9/
· Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano, a classical music Album by Maro Ajemian. Released in on Dial (catalog no. 19/20; Vinyl LP). Genres: Modern Classical/5(7).
Maro Ajemian, piano “Oh, damn it! I wish I'd thought of that!” -- Lou Harrison, on the invention by John Cage of the prepared piano. John Cage () wrote the Sonatas and Interludes for prepared piano gradually between and Maro Ajemian, to whom the work is dedicated, premiered the first four in performance at Town Hall in , and she gave the first New York performance.
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