Antheil the Futurist: Piano Music | Wergo WER67622

Antheil the Futurist: Piano Music


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Label: Wergo

Cat No: WER67622

Format: SACD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 25th November 2013



Early in 1920, the young brash composer George Antheil decided to leave his home country, the USA, and conquer the concert halls of Europe as a pianist, travelling first to London and then to Germany where he set up headquarters from July 1922 to June 1923, well-prepared to dazzle Europe with his daring compositions and bold pianism.

Most of his experimental piano music was composed in Berlin in just this one year. Many of these works can be heard together for the first time on this recording, thanks to new discoveries and scholarly research – exquisitely performed by Guy Livingston who is one of the foremost performers promoters of Antheil's music today.

Born in Tennessee, with degrees from Yale, NEC and the Royal Conservatory of the Netherlands, pianist Guy Livingston wowed critics and audiences with his successful 'Don't Panic' CD. He is based in Paris and Amsterdam and travels widely as a pianist and director.

Livingston has already recorded two CDs of the music of George Antheil, organised the Paris Antheil Centennial Concert, and was Artistic Director for the 2003 George Antheil Festival in Trenton in honour of the 1920's futurist. In addition, Livingston has been the focus of two television documentaries on Antheil, as well as appearing in the film 'Bad Boy Made Good'.

World premiere recordings of:
- Swell Music
- For Merle
- Suite for Piano four-hands
- Serpent mécanique

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