John. Cage. Guitar. | Stone Records 5060192780833

John. Cage. Guitar.


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Label: Stone Records

Cat No: 5060192780833

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 2nd November 2018



Aaron Larget-Caplan (guitar, prepared guitar)
Sharan Leventhal (violin)
Adam Levin (prepared guitar)


Cage, John

A Room
Chess Pieces
Easy Pieces (3) (1933)
In a Landscape
Melodies (6) for violin and keyboard


Aaron Larget-Caplan (guitar, prepared guitar)
Sharan Leventhal (violin)
Adam Levin (prepared guitar)


Guitar virtuoso Aaron Larget-Caplan was first introduced to the music of John Cage as a student at the New England Conservatory. Disappointed by the lack of representation by mid-century American composers in the guitar repertoire, he chose to make his own arrangements of Cage’s music – now published by Edition Peters. He found similarities in arranging Cage to arranging Bach, claiming the music to be so strong on its own that instrumentation felt secondary: beautiful music is beautiful. This recording features seven early and mid-career compositions, dating from 1933 through 1950 for solo guitar, violin and guitar, and prepared guitar duo. All guitar parts were originally written for solo piano or prepared piano. The compositions required few adjustments from the originals and fit very well on the guitar. The music is playful, meditative, meandering, introspective, large, quiet, haunting and regal. Whether a cognoscente or someone who wants to discover more about John Cage, this disc is a wonderful recital of one of the great twentieth-century composers, newly imagined and expertly played by wonderful artists.

“Aaron Larget-Caplan is a riveting artist. His classical guitar performance was a treasure” – The Washington Post

“A fascinating program...with irresistible mastery” – American Record Guide

“Astounding technical proficiency and artistic delicacy” – Boston Musical

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