Album review: John Cage, The Works for Piano 9: First Recordings (Mode)
This programme of Cage piano pieces brings together two works from the very early 1950s. "Haiku" comprises seven pieces, none longer than a minute, of appropriately enigmatic character, ranging across the entire spectrum from relative tonality to a complete atonality anticipating his "Music of Changes". The recently discovered solo piano version of the massive percussion sequence "Sixteen Dances" effectively combines its constituent parts in a manner comparable to Debussy's Preludes. It's intelligently performed by Jovita Zähl, who negotiates shifts such as that between the quixotic darting of "The Mad Dog" and the languid reflection of "Delicate Leaves", and applies the brief flourishes of "Fleeting Images" in a manner that allows the phrases to almost evaporate into thin air.
Download: Haiku; Fleeting Images; Jig for John; Medicine Man
Is the comedy album making a comeback?comedy
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Woman and two children killed by mob in riots over 'blasphemous' Facebook post in Pakistan
- 2 Christians: The world's most persecuted people
- 3 The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
- 4 Danish TV reporter is all business up top, all party down below
- 5 Ross Burden dead: MasterChef and Ready Steady Cook star dies at age 45
'Phallic symbols' found hidden in famous Pre-Raphaelite painting 'Isabella' by John Everett Millais
Game of Thrones season 4 blooper reel unveiled at Comic-Con 2014
Top Gear Burma episode breached Ofcom rules over Jeremy Clarkson's racial slur
Freddie Prinze Jr on 24: 'Kiefer Sutherland was the most unprofessional dude in the world – I hated every moment of it'
How did our legends really begin?
The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
A day in the life of Vladimir Putin: The dictator in his labyrinth
Woman and two children killed by mob in riots over 'blasphemous' Facebook post in Pakistan
A new Russian revolution: The cracks are starting to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc
Were 'Poor Doors' added to mixed developments so wealthy residents don't have to go in alongside social housing tenants?
Arizona execution lasts two hours as killer Joseph Wood left 'snorting and gasping' for air
- < Previous
- Next >