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John Cage: Works for Two Keyboards, Vol. 3: Winter Music; Two2 (1989); Experiences No. 1 / Xenia Pestova / Pascal Meyer Piano Duo

Album Summary

>Cage, John : Winter Music, for 1 to 20 pianos
>Cage, John : Two2, for two pianos (indeterminate)
>Cage, John : Experiences no 1, for 2 pianos
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Notes & Reviews:

American Record Guide, November/December 2014
The expert Pestova-Meyer duo conclude their survey of Cage's twopiano music with an excellent performance of what I believe is Cage's greatest composition for the medium, Two2 (1989). In this work, Cage assembles libraries of various single sonorities and chords from two to five tones (with or without octave duplication), which are meant to function as syllables in a composition modeled after the Japanese poetic form of renga. Experiences 1 is a work from the 40s - unassuming and, truth to tell, rather unremarkable. That leaves Winter Music, one of the landmark indeterminate works of the 1950s, which can be performed by a single pianist or any number up to 25. The performance is fine, with crystalline sonorities and a fine variety of dynamics.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Espace Découverte, Philharmonie Luxembourg (06/17/2013).



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Works Details

>Cage, John : Winter Music, for 1 to 20 pianos
  • Ensemble: Pestova-Meyer Piano Duo
  • Running Time: 12 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1957

>Cage, John : Two2, for two pianos (indeterminate)
  • Ensemble: Pestova-Meyer Piano Duo
  • Running Time: 42 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1989

>Cage, John : Experiences no 1, for 2 pianos
  • Ensemble: Pestova-Meyer Piano Duo
  • Running Time: 2 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1948