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Frederic Rzewski (b.1938): The People United Will Never Be Defeated; Four Hands / Ursula Oppens and Jerome Lowenthal, duo-pianists

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  1. Frederic Rzewski — The People United Will Never Be Defeated: Theme. With Determination $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Frederic Rzewski — The People United Will Never Be Defeated: Var. 1, Weaving. Delicate but Firm $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Frederic Rzewski — The People United Will Never Be Defeated: Var. 2, With Firmness $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Frederic Rzewski — The People United Will Never Be Defeated: Var. 3, Slightly Slower, with Expressive Nuances $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Frederic Rzewski — The People United Will Never Be Defeated: Var. 4, Marcato $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Frederic Rzewski — The People United Will Never Be Defeated: Var. 5, Dreamlike, Frozen $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Frederic Rzewski — The People United Will Never Be Defeated: Var. 6, Same Tempo as Beginning $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Frederic Rzewski — The People United Will Never Be Defeated: Var. 7, Tempo (Lightly, Impatiently) $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Frederic Rzewski — The People United Will Never Be Defeated: Var. 8, With Agility. Not Too Much Pedal. Crisp $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Frederic Rzewski — The People United Will Never Be Defeated: Var. 9, Evenly $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Frederic Rzewski — The People United Will Never Be Defeated: Var. 10, Comodo, Recklessly $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Frederic Rzewski — The People United Will Never Be Defeated: Var. 11, Tempo I. Like Fragments of an Absent Melody. In Strict Time $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Frederic Rzewski — The People United Will Never Be Defeated: Var. 12 $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Frederic Rzewski — The People United Will Never Be Defeated: Var. 13, Quarter Note = 72 or Slightly Faster $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Frederic Rzewski — The People United Will Never Be Defeated: Var. 14, A Bit Faster. Optimistically $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Frederic Rzewski — The People United Will Never Be Defeated: Var. 15, Flexible, Like an Improvisation $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Frederic Rzewski — The People United Will Never Be Defeated: Var. 16, Same Tempo as Preceding, with Fluctuations. Much Pedal $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Frederic Rzewski — The People United Will Never Be Defeated: Var. 17, Left Hand Strictly, Half Note = 36. Right Hand Freely, Roughly as in Space $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Frederic Rzewski — The People United Will Never Be Defeated: Var. 18, Quarter Note = 72 $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Frederic Rzewski — The People United Will Never Be Defeated: Var. 19, With Energy $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Frederic Rzewski — The People United Will Never Be Defeated: Var. 20, Crisp, Precise $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Frederic Rzewski — The People United Will Never Be Defeated: Var. 21, Relentless, Uncompromising $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Frederic Rzewski — The People United Will Never Be Defeated: Var. 22, Quarter Note = 132 $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Frederic Rzewski — The People United Will Never Be Defeated: Var. 23, As Fast as Possible, with Some Rubato $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Frederic Rzewski — The People United Will Never Be Defeated: Var. 24, Quarter Note = 72 $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Frederic Rzewski — The People United Will Never Be Defeated: Var. 25, Quarter Note = Ca. 84, with Fluctuations $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Frederic Rzewski — The People United Will Never Be Defeated: Var. 26, In a Militant Manner $0.99 on iTunes
  28. Frederic Rzewski — The People United Will Never Be Defeated: Var. 27, Tenderly, and with a Hopeful Expression $0.99 on iTunes
  29. Frederic Rzewski — The People United Will Never Be Defeated: Var. 28, Quarter Note = 160 $0.99 on iTunes
  30. Frederic Rzewski — The People United Will Never Be Defeated: Var. 29, Quarter Note = 144-152 $0.99 on iTunes
  31. Frederic Rzewski — The People United Will Never Be Defeated: Var. 30, Quarter Note = 84 $0.99 on iTunes
  32. Frederic Rzewski — The People United Will Never Be Defeated: Var. 31 $0.99 on iTunes
  33. Frederic Rzewski — The People United Will Never Be Defeated: Var. 32 $0.99 on iTunes
  34. Frederic Rzewski — The People United Will Never Be Defeated: Var. 33 $0.99 on iTunes
  35. Frederic Rzewski — The People United Will Never Be Defeated: Var. 34 $0.99 on iTunes
  36. Frederic Rzewski — The People United Will Never Be Defeated: Var. 35 $0.99 on iTunes
  37. Frederic Rzewski — The People United Will Never Be Defeated: Var. 36 $0.99 on iTunes
  38. Frederic Rzewski — The People United Will Never Be Defeated: Cadenza $0.99 on iTunes
  39. Frederic Rzewski — The People United Will Never Be Defeated: Thema. Tempo I $0.99 on iTunes
  40. Frederic Rzewski — 4 Hands: I. Quarter Note = 96-104 $0.99 on iTunes
  41. Frederic Rzewski — 4 Hands: II. Senza misura (Ca. 30 Seconds per Line) $0.99 on iTunes
  42. Frederic Rzewski — 4 Hands: III. Quarter Note = 72 $0.99 on iTunes
  43. Frederic Rzewski — 4 Hands: IV. Quarter Note = 96 $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Rzewski, Frederic : The People United Will Never Be Defeated (El pueblo unido jamás será vencido), 36 Variations on a Ch
>Rzewski, Frederic : Four Hands, for piano, 4 hands
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

New-music icon Ursula Oppens, who commissioned, premiered, and made the first recording of maverick American composer Frederic Rzewski's The People United Will Never Be Defeated!, a remarkable, monumental set of solo piano variations, has rerecorded that landmark 1975 work to mark its 40th anniversary. This riveting, audience-pleasing tour-de-force is a nearly hour-long set of 36 variations on a popular Chilean protest song from the era of Augusto Pinochet's repressive rightwing military dictatorship. A bonus is the world-premiere recording of a new Rzewski work, Four Hands, a duet commissioned by and written for Oppens and pianist Jerome Lowenthal, her duet partner on the recording. Fiercely challenging to perform, it leaves the listener "... absorbed and exhilarated... " (New York Times) Oppens's Cedille Records discography includes two Grammy nominees, Oppens plays Carter and Winging It: Piano Music of John Corigliano, as well as a recording of duo-piano music by Messiaen and Debussy, again with Jerome Lowenthal.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: The American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York (2014-12-11_2014-12-13&2014-).



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>Rzewski, Frederic : The People United Will Never Be Defeated (El pueblo unido jamás será vencido), 36 Variations on a Ch
  • Performer: Ursula Oppens (Piano)
  • Notes: The American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York (2014-12-11_2014-12-13&2014-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1975

>Rzewski, Frederic : Four Hands, for piano, 4 hands
  • Performers: Jerome Lowenthal (Piano); Ursula Oppens (Piano)
  • Notes: The American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York (2014-12-11_2014-12-13&2014-)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2012