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John Cage: As It Is

Natalia Pschenitschnikova

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Released as part of the 2012 celebration of John Cage's centennial, this ECM New Series album presents pieces for piano, prepared piano, and voice that represent the lyrical side of the composer. While many of Cage's pieces are accessible for their simplicity and delicacy, these quiet piano reveries and vocal settings of texts by James Joyce, e.e. cummings, and Gertrude Stein are especially easy to approach for their quiet music, soft sounds, and hypnotic melodies and patterns. The performances by pianist Alexei Lubimov and singer Natalia Pschenitschnikova are fully in accord with Cage's methods, and their self-effacing introspection contribute greatly to this disc's feelings of anonymity and secrecy. The words of The Wonderful Widow of Eighteen Springs, Experiences No. 2, Three Songs, Five Songs, and Nowth upon nacht tend to blur in the highly resonant recording space, and Pschenitschnikova's thick accent tends to obscure the words sufficiently to create dreamlike performances that can only be followed with the help of the booklet. In contrast, Lubimov's keyboard performances are quite clear, clean, and precise, and the slight increase of volume is almost surprising when compared with the sotto voce quality of the songs. Yet listeners will easily find a volume level that's suitable for home listening, which is perhaps the best way to appreciate the haunting subtlety of these pieces.
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1
Cage: Dream
Alexei Lubimov
00:08:28

Alexei Lubimov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - John Cage, Composer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2012 ECM Records GmbH

2
Cage: The Wonderful Widow Of Eighteen Springs
Alexei Lubimov
00:03:02

Alexei Lubimov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - James Joyce, Author, Original Text Author - John Cage, Composer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Natalia Pschenitschnikova, Voice, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2012 ECM Records GmbH

3
Cage: The Unavailable Memory Of
Alexei Lubimov
00:03:29

Alexei Lubimov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - John Cage, Composer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2012 ECM Records GmbH

4
Cage: A Flower
Alexei Lubimov
00:03:31

Alexei Lubimov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - John Cage, Composer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Natalia Pschenitschnikova, Voice, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2012 ECM Records GmbH

5
Cage: Music For Marcel Duchamp
Alexei Lubimov
00:06:20

Alexei Lubimov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - John Cage, Composer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2012 ECM Records GmbH

6
Cage: Experiences No. 2
Natalia Pschenitschnikova
00:03:33

Alexei Lubimov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - John Cage, Composer - E.E. Cummings, Author, Original Text Author - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Natalia Pschenitschnikova, Voice, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2012 ECM Records GmbH

7
Cage: A Room
Alexei Lubimov
00:02:11

Alexei Lubimov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - John Cage, Composer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2012 ECM Records GmbH

Three Songs (John Cage)

8
I. Twenty Years After
Alexei Lubimov
00:00:30

Alexei Lubimov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Gertrude Stein, Author, Original Text Author - John Cage, Composer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Natalia Pschenitschnikova, Voice, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2012 ECM Records GmbH

9
II. Is It As It Was
Alexei Lubimov
00:00:56

Alexei Lubimov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Gertrude Stein, Author, Original Text Author - John Cage, Composer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Natalia Pschenitschnikova, Voice, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2012 ECM Records GmbH

10
III. At East And Ingredients
Alexei Lubimov
00:01:23

Alexei Lubimov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Gertrude Stein, Author, Original Text Author - John Cage, Composer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Natalia Pschenitschnikova, Voice, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2012 ECM Records GmbH

Two Pieces For Piano (1946) (John Cage)

11
I
Alexei Lubimov
00:05:03

Alexei Lubimov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - John Cage, Composer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2012 ECM Records GmbH

12
II
Alexei Lubimov
00:05:19

Alexei Lubimov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - John Cage, Composer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2012 ECM Records GmbH

Five Songs (John Cage)

13
1. Little Four Paws
Natalia Pschenitschnikova
00:01:42

Alexei Lubimov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - John Cage, Composer - E.E. Cummings, Author, Original Text Author - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Natalia Pschenitschnikova, Voice, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2012 ECM Records GmbH

14
2. Little Christmas Tree
Natalia Pschenitschnikova
00:03:37

Alexei Lubimov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - John Cage, Composer - E.E. Cummings, Author, Original Text Author - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Natalia Pschenitschnikova, Voice, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2012 ECM Records GmbH

15
3. In Just-
Alexei Lubimov
00:01:11

Alexei Lubimov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - John Cage, Composer - E.E. Cummings, Author, Original Text Author - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Natalia Pschenitschnikova, Voice, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2012 ECM Records GmbH

16
4. Hist Whist
Alexei Lubimov
00:00:59

Alexei Lubimov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - John Cage, Composer - E.E. Cummings, Author, Original Text Author - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Natalia Pschenitschnikova, Voice, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2012 ECM Records GmbH

17
5. Tumbling Hair
Natalia Pschenitschnikova
00:01:06

Alexei Lubimov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - John Cage, Composer - E.E. Cummings, Author, Original Text Author - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Natalia Pschenitschnikova, Voice, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2012 ECM Records GmbH

18
Cage: Prelude For Meditation
Alexei Lubimov
00:01:26

Alexei Lubimov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - John Cage, Composer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2012 ECM Records GmbH

She is asleep (John Cage)

19
She Is Asleep
Alexei Lubimov
00:07:49

Alexei Lubimov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - John Cage, Composer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Natalia Pschenitschnikova, Voice, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2012 ECM Records GmbH

20
Cage: Nowth Upon Nacht
Natalia Pschenitschnikova
00:01:22

Alexei Lubimov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - James Joyce, Author, Original Text Author - John Cage, Composer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Natalia Pschenitschnikova, Voice, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2012 ECM Records GmbH

21
Cage: Dream, Var.
Alexei Lubimov
00:08:23

Alexei Lubimov, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - John Cage, Composer - Stephan Schellmann, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 2012 ECM Records GmbH

Album Description

Released as part of the 2012 celebration of John Cage's centennial, this ECM New Series album presents pieces for piano, prepared piano, and voice that represent the lyrical side of the composer. While many of Cage's pieces are accessible for their simplicity and delicacy, these quiet piano reveries and vocal settings of texts by James Joyce, e.e. cummings, and Gertrude Stein are especially easy to approach for their quiet music, soft sounds, and hypnotic melodies and patterns. The performances by pianist Alexei Lubimov and singer Natalia Pschenitschnikova are fully in accord with Cage's methods, and their self-effacing introspection contribute greatly to this disc's feelings of anonymity and secrecy. The words of The Wonderful Widow of Eighteen Springs, Experiences No. 2, Three Songs, Five Songs, and Nowth upon nacht tend to blur in the highly resonant recording space, and Pschenitschnikova's thick accent tends to obscure the words sufficiently to create dreamlike performances that can only be followed with the help of the booklet. In contrast, Lubimov's keyboard performances are quite clear, clean, and precise, and the slight increase of volume is almost surprising when compared with the sotto voce quality of the songs. Yet listeners will easily find a volume level that's suitable for home listening, which is perhaps the best way to appreciate the haunting subtlety of these pieces.
© TiVo

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