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John Cage: One7; Four6 / Sabine Liebner, piano

Album Summary

>Cage, John : One
>Cage, John : Four6, for any way of producing sounds
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Cage composed his Number Pieces during the last six years of his life. Their titles indicate the number of performers or parts. Their notation is based on fixed and flexible “time brackets.” The fixed brackets show when a musician should begin and end a pitch or tonal event. With the flexible brackets, the interpreter decides, within a predetermined time frame, when an instrument enters and when it falls silent. This disc featuring pianist Sabine Liebner explores two of Cage’s late masterworks.

American Record Guide, March/April 2015
One7 and Four6 are two unusual works in John Cage's series of Number Pieces. One7 was first performed by Cage and consisted entirely of various vocal sounds. Later he added three other parts to produce Four6, one of his last compositions - it was premiered in July 1992, about a month before he died, by Cage, Joan LaBarbara, William Winant, and Leonard Stein. The score says the works are "for any way of producing sound", asking only that the sounds have a completely reproducible character. Liebner exclusively uses the resources of the piano for both works. The sounds are well chosen and they are realized in the timebracket notation of the piece in an appropriate fashion - she tends to prefer to longer sounds over shorter ones and a more or less uniform volume level. Wergo's sound is exquisite. Cage scholar Clemens Gresser writes the informative and thought-provoking liner notes.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Studio 2, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Munich, Germany (2012-05-04&2013-07-01_2013-).



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Works Details

>Cage, John : One
  • Performer: Sabine Liebner (Piano)
  • Running Time: 30 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1991

>Cage, John : Four6, for any way of producing sounds
  • Performer: Sabine Liebner (Piano)
  • Notes: Studio 2, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Munich, Germany (07/01/2013-07/02/2013)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1992