Xenia Pestova and Pascual Meyer (piano)
John Cage's remarkable magnum opus A Book of Music for two prepared pianos is brought together here with his complete works for toy piano. Intricately structured according to Cage's ideas about Mozart, A Book of Music is an eloquent and virtuosic mosaic of driving and sometimes frenetic rhythms, the exotic rhythms of the 'prepared' piano strings transporting the listener into worlds of the strangest imagining. The Suite for Toy Piano is a modest miracle of precise expression and the first serious concert music written for this instrument, while Music for Amplified Toy Pianos is composed using chance elements, generating a spacious field of sound filled with surprise.
Cage A Book of Music, Music for Amplified Toy Pianos, Suite for Toy Piano
Running time: 54 min