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John Cage: Sonatas and Interludes for prepared piano / Antonis Anissegos, piano

Album Summary

>Cage, John : Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano
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Notes & Reviews:

Composed between 1946 and 1948, the Sonatas and Interludes for prepared piano are among the most famous works of John Cage and they hold a key position in his catalogue of works. Several years earlier, Cage had already developed the technique of piano preparation to explore the possibilities of sound manipulation. At first, Cage tried to achieve a specified sound image - an ideal that he later modified. Cage explains, "When I first placed objects between piano strings, it was with the desire to possess sounds (to be able to repeat them). But, as the music left my home and went from piano to piano and from pianist to pianist, it became clear that not only are two pianists essentially different from one another, but two pianos are not the same either." This recording from Wergo features illuminating readings of these masterpieces of modern music played by pianist Antonis Anissegos.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Deutschlandfunk Kammermusiksaal, Köln (10/26/2012-10/27/2012).


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Works Details

>Cage, John : Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano
  • Performer: Antonis Anissegos (Prepared Piano)
  • Notes: Deutschlandfunk Kammermusiksaal, Köln (10/26/2012-10/27/2012)
  • Running Time: 58 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1948