Ralph van Raat (piano), Lunapark, Arnold Marinissen (percussion)
Frederic Rzewski is most celebrated for his virtuosic variations for piano. 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.
Rzewski Four Piano Pieces, Hard Cuts, The Housewife's Lament
Running Time: 1 hr 2 min