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RZEWSKI, F.: 4 Piano Pieces / Hard Cuts / The Housewife's Lament (van Raat, Lunapark, Marinissen)


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RZEWSKI, F.: 4 Piano Pieces / Hard Cuts / The Housewife's Lament (van Raat, Lunapark, Marinissen)

Frederic Rzewski is most celebrated for his virtuosic variations for piano, The People United Will Never Be Defeated! (8.559360). The Four Pieces began as a sequel to that breath-taking work, but whilst sharing certain similarities—Andean dance rhythms and tremendous drama—it occupies its own very distinct sound world, offering a compound of intense lyricism, shattering darkness, and hints of revolutionary fervour. The Housewife’s Lament is a set of variations on a 19th-century tune by an anonymous composer with strong influences of Beethoven. The punning title Hard Cuts refers to cuts both budgetary and musical, and Rzewski’s signature elements appear throughout: folk rhythms, pointillist clarity, minimalism, and unique craftsmanship.

Rzewski, Frederic

  4 Piano Pieces
1.   No. 1. — 00:08:38
2.   No. 2. — 00:05:52
3.   No. 3. — 00:11:34
4.   No. 4. — 00:06:53
  Hard Cuts
5.   I. — 00:06:36
6.   II. — 00:03:54
7.   III. Like bees 00:08:55
  The Housewife's Lament
8.   The Housewife's Lament 00:09:53

Total Playing Time: 01:02:15

Rzewski, Frederic

Marinissen, Arnold


van Raat, Ralph

Label: Naxos

Series: American Classics

Genre: Concertos; Instrumental

Period: Contemporary

Catalogue No: 8.559759

Barcode: 636943975923

Physical Release: 08/2014

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