Frederic Rzewski - Four Pieces, Hard Cuts, The Housewife’s Lament
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Label: Naxos - American Classics
Cat No: 8559759
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 1st September 2014
ArtistsRalph van Raat (piano)
Arnold Marinissen (percussion)
Frederic Rzewski is most celebrated for his virtuosic variations for piano, The People United Will Never Be Defeated! (8559360).
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.
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