Brice Pauset - Canons | Wergo WER73652

Brice Pauset - Canons


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Label: Wergo

Cat No: WER73652

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 1st September 2017



It took the French composer Brice Pauset more than two decades to finish this monumental cycle that comprises 24 canons for piano. On this CD, the cycle is presented in its entirety for the first time by the British pianist Nicolas Hodges.

It is a mysterious quality of the canon that captivates Pauset: here, technique can change into an aesthetic experience. Masters of vocal polyphony from the Renaissance like Johannes Ockeghem showed how it is done and Pauset takes up this musical mystery in his multi-part cycle of canons for piano.

During the long composition process, Pauset's split relation to the piano undergoes a change. In Neuf Canons he brings the instrument to its limits, turning the keyboard virtuoso Nicolas Hodges into a pedal virtuoso.

The historical canon technique is most radically applied in Perspectivae sintagma I for piano and electronics. In this work, Pauset adjusts interpretation and musical text to each other live and then reincludes the differences in the composition.

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