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SCENE Player Piano 3 - Nancarrow: Studies Vol 2

Album Summary

>Nancarrow, Conlon : Study for Player Piano no 13 (no score extant, only piano roll)
>Nancarrow, Conlon : Study for Player Piano no 14, canon 4/5
>Nancarrow, Conlon : Study for Player Piano no 15, canon 3/4
>Nancarrow, Conlon : Study for Player Piano no 16, double canon
>Nancarrow, Conlon : Study for Player Piano no 17, canon 12/15/20
>Nancarrow, Conlon : Study for Player Piano no 18, canon 3/4
>Nancarrow, Conlon : Study for Player Piano no 19, canon 12/15/20
>Nancarrow, Conlon : Study for Player Piano no 20 "Cloud"
>Nancarrow, Conlon : Study for Player Piano no 21 "Canon X"
>Nancarrow, Conlon : Study for Player Piano no 22, canon 1%/1.5%/2.25%
>Nancarrow, Conlon : Study for Player Piano no 23, acceleration study
>Nancarrow, Conlon : Study for Player Piano no 24, canon 14/15/16
>Nancarrow, Conlon : Study for Player Piano no 25
>Nancarrow, Conlon : Study for Player Piano no 26, canon 1/1
>Nancarrow, Conlon : Study for Player Piano no 27, canon 5%/6%/8%/11%
>Nancarrow, Conlon : Study for Player Piano no 28
>Nancarrow, Conlon : Study for Player Piano no 29
>Nancarrow, Conlon : Study for Player Piano no 30, for prepared player piano
>Nancarrow, Conlon : Study for Player Piano no 31, canon 21/24/25
>Nancarrow, Conlon : Study for Player Piano no 32, canon 5/6/7/8
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Notes & Reviews:

"On this recording Nancarrow's original rolls are played back on a Bosendorfer grand whose hammers were modified with leather straps and metal parts according to the composer's specifications. The results combine the dry, punchy clarity you hear in the Wergo recordings made on Nancarrow's custom-modified Ampico instruments with the sonorous and resonant advantages of a first-rate concert grand in a church acoustic. If you haven't yet heard Nancarrow's studies, what are you waiting for?" -Classics Today (10/10)

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Why release yet another set of Nancarrow studies, given that these mechanical masterpieces merely replicate themselves every time a roll is activated inside the player piano? First, the wellknown Wergo recording made in Nancarrow's Mexico City home in 1988 was flawed in certain respects. Of the two pianos equipped to play these studies, Nancarrow's preferred instrument - possessing a softer, warmer tone - was in need of reconditioning. It was decided to record the whole set on a piano normally reserved for more dense rhythmic studies. Its tinny honky-tonk timbre thus created a skewed impression of Nancarrow's studies. They sounded even more strange and eccentric than intended.

Second, after the Wergo release other player piano pieces have come to light, including ForYoko and the Study No 51 (aka #3750). Jnrgen Hocker's new recording for MDG therefore plugs some gaps and restores the studies to their original state. And what a difference it makes to hear these works afresh, but also in sequential (though not necessarily chronological) order.

Like a well-oiled machine, the B÷sendorfer grand plays out Nancarrow's highly inventive studies with surprising ease and dexterity, almost as if it had been designed to do nothing else. This second volume in a projected five-part series, consisting of Nos 13-32, contains arguably some of Nancarrow's best music. The first seven or so studies explore a number of related canonic conundrums and proportional puzzles, playfully resolving onto a tonic chord or octave unison with Escher-like logic. Study No 20 sees Nancarrow relax mathematical processes for a more controlled improvisatory approach, but No 21 - the famous Canon X - is surely one of the disc's highlights. An extraordinary example of controlled chaos, two parts are made to pound out obsessively the same cyclical 54-note row while simultaneously speeding up and slowing down, their rhythmic trajectories momentarily coinciding.



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>Nancarrow, Conlon : Study for Player Piano no 13 (no score extant, only piano roll)
  • Performer: Conlon Nancarrow (Player Piano)
  • Notes: Immanuelskirche Wuppertal (06/19/2005-06/24/2005)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: circa 1948-1960

>Nancarrow, Conlon : Study for Player Piano no 14, canon 4/5
  • Performer: Conlon Nancarrow (Player Piano)
  • Notes: Immanuelskirche Wuppertal (06/19/2005-06/24/2005)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: circa 1948-1960

>Nancarrow, Conlon : Study for Player Piano no 15, canon 3/4
  • Performer: Conlon Nancarrow (Player Piano)
  • Notes: Immanuelskirche Wuppertal (06/19/2005-06/24/2005)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: circa 1948-1960

>Nancarrow, Conlon : Study for Player Piano no 16, double canon
  • Performer: Conlon Nancarrow (Player Piano)
  • Notes: Immanuelskirche Wuppertal (06/19/2005-06/24/2005)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: circa 1948-1960

>Nancarrow, Conlon : Study for Player Piano no 17, canon 12/15/20
  • Performer: Conlon Nancarrow (Player Piano)
  • Notes: Immanuelskirche Wuppertal (06/19/2005-06/24/2005)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: circa 1948-1960

>Nancarrow, Conlon : Study for Player Piano no 18, canon 3/4
  • Performer: Conlon Nancarrow (Player Piano)
  • Notes: Immanuelskirche Wuppertal (06/19/2005-06/24/2005)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: circa 1948-1960

>Nancarrow, Conlon : Study for Player Piano no 19, canon 12/15/20
  • Performer: Conlon Nancarrow (Player Piano)
  • Notes: Immanuelskirche Wuppertal (06/19/2005-06/24/2005)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: circa 1948-1960

>Nancarrow, Conlon : Study for Player Piano no 20 "Cloud"
  • Performer: Conlon Nancarrow (Player Piano)
  • Notes: Immanuelskirche Wuppertal (06/19/2005-06/24/2005)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: circa 1948-1960

>Nancarrow, Conlon : Study for Player Piano no 21 "Canon X"
  • Performer: Conlon Nancarrow (Player Piano)
  • Notes: Immanuelskirche Wuppertal (06/19/2005-06/24/2005)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: circa 1948-1960

>Nancarrow, Conlon : Study for Player Piano no 22, canon 1%/1.5%/2.25%
  • Performer: Conlon Nancarrow (Player Piano)
  • Notes: Immanuelskirche Wuppertal (06/19/2005-06/24/2005)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: circa 1948-1960

>Nancarrow, Conlon : Study for Player Piano no 23, acceleration study
  • Performer: Conlon Nancarrow (Player Piano)
  • Notes: Immanuelskirche Wuppertal (06/19/2005-06/24/2005)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: circa 1948-1960

>Nancarrow, Conlon : Study for Player Piano no 24, canon 14/15/16
  • Performer: Conlon Nancarrow (Player Piano)
  • Notes: Immanuelskirche Wuppertal (06/19/2005-06/24/2005)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: circa 1948-1960

>Nancarrow, Conlon : Study for Player Piano no 25
  • Performer: Conlon Nancarrow (Player Piano)
  • Notes: Immanuelskirche Wuppertal (06/19/2005-06/24/2005)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: circa 1948-1960

>Nancarrow, Conlon : Study for Player Piano no 26, canon 1/1
  • Performer: Conlon Nancarrow (Player Piano)
  • Notes: Immanuelskirche Wuppertal (06/19/2005-06/24/2005)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: circa 1948-1960

>Nancarrow, Conlon : Study for Player Piano no 27, canon 5%/6%/8%/11%
  • Performer: Conlon Nancarrow (Player Piano)
  • Notes: Immanuelskirche Wuppertal (06/19/2005-06/24/2005)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: circa 1948-1960

>Nancarrow, Conlon : Study for Player Piano no 28
  • Performer: Conlon Nancarrow (Player Piano)
  • Notes: Immanuelskirche Wuppertal (06/19/2005-06/24/2005)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: circa 1948-1960

>Nancarrow, Conlon : Study for Player Piano no 29
  • Performer: Conlon Nancarrow (Player Piano)
  • Notes: Immanuelskirche Wuppertal (06/19/2005-06/24/2005)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: circa 1948-1960

>Nancarrow, Conlon : Study for Player Piano no 30, for prepared player piano
  • Performer: Conlon Nancarrow (Player Piano)
  • Notes: Immanuelskirche Wuppertal (06/19/2005-06/24/2005)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: circa 1948-1960

>Nancarrow, Conlon : Study for Player Piano no 31, canon 21/24/25
  • Performer: Conlon Nancarrow (Player Piano)
  • Notes: Immanuelskirche Wuppertal (06/19/2005-06/24/2005)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: circa 1965-1969

>Nancarrow, Conlon : Study for Player Piano no 32, canon 5/6/7/8
  • Performer: Conlon Nancarrow (Player Piano)
  • Notes: Immanuelskirche Wuppertal (06/19/2005-06/24/2005)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: circa 1965-1969