Cage: Complete works for piano & voice and piano & violin

Cage: Complete works for piano & voice and piano & violin
Composer John Cage
Artist Giancarlo Simonacci piano
David Simonacci violin
Lorna Windsor soprano
Ars Ludi Percussion Ensemble
Format 3 CD
Cat. number 8850
EAN code 5029365885027
Release November 2007

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About this release

John Cage may still be known as avant-garde, a musical rebel, who greatly influenced music all over the world. But not all his music was written for prepared piano or consisted of electronic sounds. He also wrote several pieces for the ‘traditional’ combination of violin and piano. One CD of this 3CD set is devoted to this complete part of Cage’s output.

Cage developed a keen interest in percussion, hence his prepared piano compositions. This lead to a number of
unusual works, including one for voice and percussion. Such as the four dances for piano, voice and percussion. All of Cage’s songs are present on this recording as well.

Cage was stimulated in his work by other disciplines of arts. Remarkable in this respect was his collaboration with choreographer Merce Cunningham. The composer travelled extensively with the Cunningham Dance Company. This
lead to a couple of pieces of ballet music for a single piano (with one item for voice). Both Four walls and The Seasons are recorded here.

Important recordings made in Italy. Young singer Lorna Windsor here joins forces with Ars Ludi (percussion) David (violin) and Giancarlo (piano) Simonacci. Giancarlo was also responsible for the recordings of Cage’s music for prepared piano released by Brilliant Classics earlier this year.

Other information:
- www.lornawindsor.com
- www.arsludi.it

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Four Walls (1944) Dance Drama for Piano with Vocal interlude - Act One : I
  2. Four Walls (1944) Dance Drama for Piano with Vocal interlude - Act One : II
  3. Four Walls (1944) Dance Drama for Piano with Vocal interlude - Act One : III
  4. Four Walls (1944) Dance Drama for Piano with Vocal interlude - Act One : Dance
  5. Four Walls (1944) Dance Drama for Piano with Vocal interlude - Act One : IV
  6. Four Walls (1944) Dance Drama for Piano with Vocal interlude - Act One :Dance
  7. Four Walls (1944) Dance Drama for Piano with Vocal interlude - Act One : V
  8. Four Walls (1944) Dance Drama for Piano with Vocal interlude - Act One : vi
  9. Four Walls (1944) Dance Drama for Piano with Vocal interlude - Act One : viI (Solo Voice - M. Cunningham)
  10. Four Walls (1944) Dance Drama for Piano with Vocal interlude - Act One : viII
  11. Four Walls (1944) Dance Drama for Piano with Vocal interlude - Act Two : IX
  12. Four Walls (1944) Dance Drama for Piano with Vocal interlude - Act Two : X
  13. Four Walls (1944) Dance Drama for Piano with Vocal interlude - Act Two : XI
  14. Four Walls (1944) Dance Drama for Piano with Vocal interlude - Act Two : XII
  15. Four Walls (1944) Dance Drama for Piano with Vocal interlude - Act Two : XIII
  16. Four Walls (1944) Dance Drama for Piano with Vocal interlude - Act Two : XIV
  17. The Seasons (1947) - Ballet in One Act for Piano : Prelude I
  18. The Seasons (1947) - Ballet in One Act for Piano : Winter
  19. The Seasons (1947) - Ballet in One Act for Piano : Prelude II
  20. The Seasons (1947) - Ballet in One Act for Piano : Spring
  21. The Seasons (1947) - Ballet in One Act for Piano : Prelude III
  22. The Seasons (1947) - Ballet in One Act for Piano : Summer
  23. The Seasons (1947) - Ballet in One Act for Piano : Prelude IV
  24. The Seasons (1947) - Ballet in One Act for Piano : Fall
  25. The Seasons (1947) - Ballet in One Act for Piano : Finale (Prelude I)

Disk 2

  1. Three Songs (1933) for Voice and Piano: I - Twenty Years After
  2. Three Songs (1933) for Voice and Piano: II - Is It As It Was
  3. Three Songs (1933) for Voice and Piano: III - At East and ingredients
  4. Five Songs (1938) for Voice and Piano : I - Why Did You Go Little Four Paws?
  5. Five Songs (1938) for Voice and Piano : II - Little Tree
  6. Five Songs (1938) for Voice and Piano : III - in Just-Spring
  7. Five Songs (1938) for Voice and Piano : IV - Hist Whist
  8. Five Songs (1938) for Voice and Piano : V - Tumbling Hair
  9. Forever and Sunsmell (1942), for Voice and Percussion
  10. The Wonderful Widow of Eighteen Springs (1942), for Voice and Struck Piano
  11. Four Dances (1942-1943), for Piano, Voice and Percussion: Dance I
  12. Four Dances (1942-1943), for Piano, Voice and Percussion: Dance II
  13. Four Dances (1942-1943), for Piano, Voice and Percussion: Dance III
  14. Four Dances (1942-1943), for Piano, Voice and Percussion: Dance IV
  15. She in Asleep (1943) : I : Percussion Quartet (12 Tom Toms)
  16. She in Asleep (1943) : II : Duet for Voice and Prepared Piano
  17. A Flower (1950), for Voice and Struck Piano
  18. Nowth Upon Nacht (1984), for Voice and Struck Piano

Disk 3

  1. Nocturne (1947)
  2. Six Melodies (1951) : I
  3. Six Melodies (1951) : II
  4. Six Melodies (1951) : III
  5. Six Melodies (1951) : IV
  6. Six Melodies (1951) : V
  7. Six Melodies (1951) : vi
  8. Two4 (1991) : I
  9. Two4 (1991) : II
  10. Two4 (1991) : III
  11. Two6 (1992)