John Cage may still be known as avant-garde, a musical rebel, who greatly influenced music all over the world. But not all his music was written for prepared piano or consisted of electronic sounds. He also wrote several pieces for the ‘traditional’ combination of violin and piano. One CD of this 3CD set is devoted to this complete part of Cage’s output.
Cage developed a keen interest in percussion, hence his prepared piano compositions. This lead to a number of
unusual works, including one for voice and percussion. Such as the four dances for piano, voice and percussion. All of Cage’s songs are present on this recording as well.
Cage was stimulated in his work by other disciplines of arts. Remarkable in this respect was his collaboration with choreographer Merce Cunningham. The composer travelled extensively with the Cunningham Dance Company. This
lead to a couple of pieces of ballet music for a single piano (with one item for voice). Both Four walls and The Seasons are recorded here.
Important recordings made in Italy. Young singer Lorna Windsor here joins forces with Ars Ludi (percussion) David (violin) and Giancarlo (piano) Simonacci. Giancarlo was also responsible for the recordings of Cage’s music for prepared piano released by Brilliant Classics earlier this year.