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Piano music of Henry Cowell & John Cage 'Amiable Conversation' / Sabine Liebner, piano

Album Summary

>Cage, John : Tossed As It Is Untroubled, for prepared piano
>Cowell, Henry : Sinister Resonance, for piano, HC 462
>Cage, John : Soliloquy, for piano
>Cowell, Henry : The Aeolian Harp, for piano strings, HC 370
>Cage, John : Dream
>Cowell, Henry : Irish Legends (3) for Piano
>Cage, John : In the Name of the Holocaust, for prepared piano
>Cowell, Henry : The Banshee, for piano strings, HC 405
>Cage, John : Pieces (2) for Piano [1946]
>Cowell, Henry : Vestiges, for piano, HC 305
>Cage, John : The Perilous Night, for prepared piano
>Cowell, Henry : Amiable Conversation, for piano (Second Encore to Dynamic Motion), HC 213/3
>Cage, John : Primitive, for string piano
>Cowell, Henry : The Snows of Fuji-Yama, for piano, HC 395
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

These piano works by Cowell and Cage cover the period from 1912-1948 and document not only the emergence of experimental American music, but also their teacher-student relationship. Before John Cage began his brief and informal studies with Arnold Schoenberg, he studied composition with Cowell. Amiable Conversation allows us to compare Cowell's piano pieces with Cage's to reveal common features that are as clear as the differences.

American Record Guide, May/June 2016
Sabine Liebner's new release couples various works by Cowell and Cage. I teach it every time I teach 20th Century music, always using Cowell's own performance. Liebner is a careful, elegant, technically brilliant, and highly musical pianist who treats new music the way Schnabel would Beethoven: with a deep reverence and understanding. The felicities of digital recording aid her to reveal unheard sonorities in The Banshee as well as another Cowell work, Sinister Resonance (some of which involves creating from various harmonics a number of tones from the lowest A of the piano).

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Bavarian Radio, Studio 2, Munich, Germany (12/11/2014-12/13/2014).



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Works Details

>Cage, John : Tossed As It Is Untroubled, for prepared piano
  • Performer: Sabine Liebner (Piano)
  • Notes: Bavarian Radio, Studio 2, Munich, Germany (12/11/2014-12/13/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1943

>Cowell, Henry : Sinister Resonance, for piano, HC 462
  • Performer: Sabine Liebner (Piano)
  • Notes: Bavarian Radio, Studio 2, Munich, Germany (12/11/2014-12/13/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1930

>Cage, John : Soliloquy, for piano
  • Performer: Sabine Liebner (Piano)
  • Notes: Bavarian Radio, Studio 2, Munich, Germany (12/11/2014-12/13/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1945

>Cowell, Henry : The Aeolian Harp, for piano strings, HC 370
  • Performer: Sabine Liebner (Piano)
  • Notes: Bavarian Radio, Studio 2, Munich, Germany (12/11/2014-12/13/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1923

>Cage, John : Dream
  • Performer: Sabine Liebner (Piano)
  • Notes: Bavarian Radio, Studio 2, Munich, Germany (12/11/2014-12/13/2014)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1948

>Cowell, Henry : Irish Legends (3) for Piano
  • Performer: Sabine Liebner (Piano)
  • Notes: Bavarian Radio, Studio 2, Munich, Germany (12/11/2014-12/13/2014)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1917-1922

>Cage, John : In the Name of the Holocaust, for prepared piano
  • Performer: Sabine Liebner (Piano)
  • Notes: Bavarian Radio, Studio 2, Munich, Germany (12/11/2014-12/13/2014)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1942

>Cowell, Henry : The Banshee, for piano strings, HC 405
  • Performer: Sabine Liebner (Piano)
  • Notes: Bavarian Radio, Studio 2, Munich, Germany (12/11/2014-12/13/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1925

>Cage, John : Pieces (2) for Piano [1946]
  • Performer: Sabine Liebner (Piano)
  • Notes: Bavarian Radio, Studio 2, Munich, Germany (12/11/2014-12/13/2014)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1946

>Cowell, Henry : Vestiges, for piano, HC 305
  • Performer: Sabine Liebner (Piano)
  • Notes: Bavarian Radio, Studio 2, Munich, Germany (12/11/2014-12/13/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 07/1920

>Cage, John : The Perilous Night, for prepared piano
  • Performer: Sabine Liebner (Piano)
  • Notes: Bavarian Radio, Studio 2, Munich, Germany (12/11/2014-12/13/2014)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1944

>Cowell, Henry : Amiable Conversation, for piano (Second Encore to Dynamic Motion), HC 213/3
  • Performer: Sabine Liebner (Piano)
  • Notes: Bavarian Radio, Studio 2, Munich, Germany (12/11/2014-12/13/2014)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 11/1917

>Cage, John : Primitive, for string piano
  • Performer: Sabine Liebner (Piano)
  • Notes: Bavarian Radio, Studio 2, Munich, Germany (12/11/2014-12/13/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1942

>Cowell, Henry : The Snows of Fuji-Yama, for piano, HC 395
  • Performer: Sabine Liebner (Piano)
  • Notes: Bavarian Radio, Studio 2, Munich, Germany (12/11/2014-12/13/2014)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 08/1924