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John Cage
The Seasons

Margaret Leng Tan prepared piano, toy piano
John Cage
John Cage conductor
 
The Seasons
Suite For Toy Piano
Seventy-Four
Concerto for Prepared Piano

Recorded January 1997
ECM New Series 1696
 
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The first appearance of the work of John Cage on ECM is cause for celebration. This recording goes beyond the artistic-nihilistic gestures and the anarchic-Zen gags to get at the essence of Cage's musical thought. Cage's playfulness can't be - and shouldn't be - muzzled, of course, but here one also experiences the beauty and the sensuality of the compositions, thanks to the input of two musicians who worked closely with the composer: conductor Dennis Russell Davies and pianist Margaret Leng Tan. The album includes a premiere recording of "Seventy-Four" which Cage wrote especially for the American Composers Orchestra.