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Nancarrow: As Fast As Possible, various works; Paul Usher: Nancarow concerto for pianola & CO

Audio Samples

>Nancarrow, Conlon : Piece (Suite) for Large Orchestra
>Nancarrow, Conlon : Study for Player Piano no 16, double canon
>Nancarrow, Conlon : Study for Player Piano no 20 "Cloud"
>Nancarrow, Conlon : Study for Player Piano no 26, canon 1/1
>Nancarrow, Conlon : Three Movements, for chamber orchestra
>Nancarrow, Conlon : Septet
>Nancarrow, Conlon : Study for Player Piano no 32, canon 5/6/7/8
>Nancarrow, Conlon : Study for Player Piano no 44, aleatory canon
>Usher, Paul : Nancarrow Concerto, for pianola & chamber orchestra

Album Summary

>Nancarrow, Conlon : Piece (Suite) for Large Orchestra
>Nancarrow, Conlon : Study for Player Piano no 16, double canon
>Nancarrow, Conlon : Study for Player Piano no 20 "Cloud"
>Nancarrow, Conlon : Study for Player Piano no 26, canon 1/1
>Nancarrow, Conlon : Three Movements, for chamber orchestra
>Nancarrow, Conlon : Septet
>Nancarrow, Conlon : Study for Player Piano no 32, canon 5/6/7/8
>Nancarrow, Conlon : Study for Player Piano no 44, aleatory canon
>Usher, Paul : Nancarrow Concerto, for pianola & chamber orchestra
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

American composer Conlon Nancarrow is best known for the groundbreaking compositions he wrote for player piano. Nancarrow was one of the first composers to use musical instruments as mechanical machines, making them play far beyond human performance ability. His central works in this new genre were the Studies for Player Piano, written between 1948 and 1992. Nancarrow's 'live' instrumental compositions can be classified in three groups, piano, chamber and orchestral. Each of those genres is represented on this new disc. The composer's late creative period is characterized by transcriptions of both his own works and works by other composers. Paul Usher's Nancarrow Concerto is a shining example of the ongoing creative development of Nancarrow's music.



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Works Details

>Nancarrow, Conlon : Piece (Suite) for Large Orchestra
  • Conductor: Stefan Asbury
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Modern
  • Notes: Kölner Philharmonie (11/08/2004-11/12/2004)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: circa 1945

>Nancarrow, Conlon : Study for Player Piano no 16, double canon
  • Performers: Amy Dissanayake (Piano); Amy Williams (Piano); Ingrid Karlen (Piano); Helena Bugallo (Piano)
  • Notes: Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saas, WDR-Funkhaus, Köln (03/21/2005-03/24/2005)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: circa 1948-1960

>Nancarrow, Conlon : Study for Player Piano no 20 "Cloud"
  • Performers: Amy Dissanayake (Piano); Amy Williams (Piano); Ingrid Karlen (Piano); Helena Bugallo (Piano)
  • Notes: Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saas, WDR-Funkhaus, Köln (03/21/2005-03/24/2005)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: circa 1948-1960

>Nancarrow, Conlon : Study for Player Piano no 26, canon 1/1
  • Performers: Amy Dissanayake (Piano); Amy Williams (Piano); Ingrid Karlen (Piano); Helena Bugallo (Piano)
  • Notes: Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saas, WDR-Funkhaus, Köln (03/21/2005-03/24/2005)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: circa 1948-1960

>Nancarrow, Conlon : Three Movements, for chamber orchestra
  • Conductor: Kasper Roo
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Modern (Frankfurt)
  • Notes: Performance Studio Audio Media, Frankfurt/Main (11/16/2004-11/17/2004)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1993

>Nancarrow, Conlon : Septet
  • Conductor: Kasper Roo
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Modern (Frankfurt)
  • Notes: Performance Studio Audio Media, Frankfurt/Main (11/16/2004-11/17/2004)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1940

>Nancarrow, Conlon : Study for Player Piano no 32, canon 5/6/7/8
  • Performers: Amy Williams (Piano); Helena Bugallo (Piano)
  • Notes: Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saas, WDR-Funkhaus, Köln (03/21/2005-03/24/2005)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: circa 1965-1969

>Nancarrow, Conlon : Study for Player Piano no 44, aleatory canon
  • Performers: Amy Williams (Piano); Helena Bugallo (Piano)
  • Notes: Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saas, WDR-Funkhaus, Köln (03/21/2005-03/24/2005)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: circa 1965-1992

>Usher, Paul : Nancarrow Concerto, for pianola & chamber orchestra
  • Performer: Rex Lawson (Pianola)
  • Conductor: Kasper Roo
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Modern (Frankfurt)
  • Notes: Performance Studio Audio Media, Frankfurt/Main (11/16/2004-11/17/2004)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 2004