John Cage | As It Is | ECM New Series 2268

John Cage | As It Is | ECM New Series 2268
ECM New Series 2268August 2012

Alexei Lobimov: piano, prepared piano
Natalia Pschenitschnikova: voice

A fresh approach to one of contemporary composition’s most iconoclastic and inventive figures, issued on the occasion of John Cage’s 100th birthday. Early Cage is the subject here, strikingly original songs and piano pieces from the 1930s and 1940s. Songs in which Cage set words by writers whose vision was as independent as his own – James Joyce, Gertrude Stein, E. E. Cummings. Piano pieces which evoke other worlds, and dreams. As Paul Griffiths writes, “The music exists in singing that has a raw, living edge, and it exists in piano tone that can be utterly simple and utterly remarkable. There is also a third presence, that of the producer, bringing forward the extraordinary resonances that come from Lubimov’s piano, with preparation or without.” Recorded December 2011 in Zürich.