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Margaret Leng Tan, pianos
... the most convincing interpreter of Cage's keyboard music.
—The New York Times
The eight works on this album feature the different kinds of "instruments" used by John Cage in his substantial piano oeuvre—the prepared, string, bowed and conventional piano as well as the toy piano. The disc's thirteen year span (1940-1953) encapsulates the evolution of Cage's aesthetic from Bacchanale, his first prepared piano composition, to the chance-derived abstraction of Music for Piano #2. These bookends of the album also frame my relationship with John Cage: Bacchanale was the first piece I played for him in 1981 and we discussed Music for Piano #2 the day before his fatal stroke in 1992.
—Margaret Leng Tan
1. Bacchanale (1940) 6:38
The Seasons (Ballet in One Act) (1947)
Suite for Toy Piano (1948)
18. Ophelia 6:34
In the Name of the Holocaust (1942)
21. Music for Piano #2 (1953) 11:57
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