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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
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.