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SCENE Player Piano 1 - Nancarrow: Studies Vol 1

Album Summary

>Nancarrow, Conlon : Study for Player Piano no 1, an arch-form study
>Nancarrow, Conlon : Study for Player Piano no 2a, a blues study
>Nancarrow, Conlon : Study for Player Piano no 2b (arr. of last mvt. of Piece no 1 for Small Orchestra)
>Nancarrow, Conlon : Study for Player Piano no 2c
>Nancarrow, Conlon : Study for Player Piano no 2d
>Nancarrow, Conlon : Study for Player Piano no 2B
>Nancarrow, Conlon : Study for Player Piano no 3a
>Nancarrow, Conlon : Study for Player Piano no 3b
>Nancarrow, Conlon : Study for Player Piano no 3c
>Nancarrow, Conlon : Study for Player Piano no 3d
>Nancarrow, Conlon : Study for Player Piano no 3e
>Nancarrow, Conlon : Study for Player Piano no 4
>Nancarrow, Conlon : Study for Player Piano no 5
>Nancarrow, Conlon : Study for Player Piano no 6
>Nancarrow, Conlon : Study for Player Piano no 7
>Nancarrow, Conlon : Study for Player Piano no 8, an acceleration study
>Nancarrow, Conlon : Study for Player Piano no 9
>Nancarrow, Conlon : Study for Player Piano no 10
>Nancarrow, Conlon : Study for Player Piano no 11, an isorhythmic blues study
>Nancarrow, Conlon : Study for Player Piano no 12 "Spanish"
Composer

Notes & Reviews:

One of the most fascinating chapters in the history of 20th century piano were Conlon Nancarrow's studies for player piano. After American born Nancarrow returned from the Spanish Civil War, fighting the fascists in the thirties he emigrated to Mexico and began composing for the already out-of-style player piano. With tempos far beyond the reach of a human player, and wide-ranging chords normally requiring dual pianists, the result of his innovative use of player piano rolls made the impossible possible. The instrument used on this recording was the original Nancarrow Bossendorfer' Ampica grand piano, preserving the original intentions of the composer.

Gramophone Magazine
The set of 50 studies (Nancarrow) wrote for player piano are 20th-century classics, and this German label uses the latest technology to produce a cycle that will surely be considered definitive. This new cycle uses computer "gizmos" to ensure that the parts synchronise in exactly the ratios Nancarrow intendedàthe result is noticeably less honky-tonk and tinny than earlier incarnationsàSome of the studies sound surprisingly austere and follow a contrapuntal trajectory between Bach and Stravinsky via Hindemith; while others are constructed around isolated, spacious flecks of sound. But it's Nancarrow's boogies-from-hell that will remain his trademark, and here the famous Etude No.3 runs at a faster tempo than previously while also benefiting from greater clarity. Roll on Volume 2!

Gramophone Magazine
Conlon Nancarrow wrote 'can do' music. The set of 50 studies he wrote for player piano are 20th-century classics, and this German label uses the latest technology to produce a cycle that will surely be considered definitive. The stereotypical image of music sounding like five Art Tatums and a Thelonious Monk improvising eight-to-the-bar riffs simultaneously is an unfair reflection on its diversity, both in source material and gestural rhetoric. ... it's Nancarrow's boogies-from-hell that will remain his trademark, and here the famous Etude No 3a runs at a faster tempo than previously while also benefiting from greater clarity.



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>Nancarrow, Conlon : Study for Player Piano no 1, an arch-form study
  • Notes: Immanuelskirche Wuppertal (06/19/2004-06/24/2005)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: by 1951

>Nancarrow, Conlon : Study for Player Piano no 2a, a blues study
  • Notes: Immanuelskirche Wuppertal (06/19/2004-06/24/2005)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: by 1950

>Nancarrow, Conlon : Study for Player Piano no 2b (arr. of last mvt. of Piece no 1 for Small Orchestra)
  • Notes: Immanuelskirche Wuppertal (06/19/2004-06/24/2005)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: circa 1950

>Nancarrow, Conlon : Study for Player Piano no 2c
  • Notes: Immanuelskirche Wuppertal (06/19/2004-06/24/2005)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Nancarrow, Conlon : Study for Player Piano no 2d
  • Notes: Immanuelskirche Wuppertal (06/19/2004-06/24/2005)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Nancarrow, Conlon : Study for Player Piano no 2B
  • Notes: Immanuelskirche Wuppertal (06/19/2004-06/24/2005)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Nancarrow, Conlon : Study for Player Piano no 3a
  • Notes: Immanuelskirche Wuppertal (06/19/2004-06/24/2005)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Nancarrow, Conlon : Study for Player Piano no 3b
  • Notes: Immanuelskirche Wuppertal (06/19/2004-06/24/2005)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Nancarrow, Conlon : Study for Player Piano no 3c
  • Notes: Immanuelskirche Wuppertal (06/19/2004-06/24/2005)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1949-1950

>Nancarrow, Conlon : Study for Player Piano no 3d
  • Notes: Immanuelskirche Wuppertal (06/19/2004-06/24/2005)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Nancarrow, Conlon : Study for Player Piano no 3e
  • Notes: Immanuelskirche Wuppertal (06/19/2004-06/24/2005)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Nancarrow, Conlon : Study for Player Piano no 4
  • Notes: Immanuelskirche Wuppertal (06/19/2004-06/24/2005)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Nancarrow, Conlon : Study for Player Piano no 5
  • Notes: Immanuelskirche Wuppertal (06/19/2004-06/24/2005)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: circa 1948-1960

>Nancarrow, Conlon : Study for Player Piano no 6
  • Notes: Immanuelskirche Wuppertal (06/19/2004-06/24/2005)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: circa 1948-1960

>Nancarrow, Conlon : Study for Player Piano no 7
  • Notes: Immanuelskirche Wuppertal (06/19/2004-06/24/2005)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: circa 1948-1960

>Nancarrow, Conlon : Study for Player Piano no 8, an acceleration study
  • Notes: Immanuelskirche Wuppertal (06/19/2004-06/24/2005)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: circa 1948-1960

>Nancarrow, Conlon : Study for Player Piano no 9
  • Notes: Immanuelskirche Wuppertal (06/19/2004-06/24/2005)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: circa 1948-1960

>Nancarrow, Conlon : Study for Player Piano no 10
  • Notes: Immanuelskirche Wuppertal (06/19/2004-06/24/2005)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: circa 1948-1960

>Nancarrow, Conlon : Study for Player Piano no 11, an isorhythmic blues study
  • Notes: Immanuelskirche Wuppertal (06/19/2004-06/24/2005)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: circa 1948-1960

>Nancarrow, Conlon : Study for Player Piano no 12 "Spanish"
  • Notes: Immanuelskirche Wuppertal (06/19/2004-06/24/2005)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: circa 1948-1960