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RZEWSKI, F.: 4 Piano Pieces / Hard Cuts / The Housewife's Lament (van Raat, Lunapark, Marinissen)

Composer(s)Rzewski, Frederic
Artist(s) Marinissen, Arnold, Conductor • Lunapark, Ensemble • van Raat, Ralph, piano
Period(s) Contemporary
Genre Classical Music
Category ConcertosInstrumental
Catalogue 8.559759
Label / Series Naxos / American Classics
Quality   320kbps
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Frederic Rzewski is most celebrated for his virtuosic variations for piano, The People United Will Never Be Defeated! (8.559360). 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


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RZEWSKI, F.: 4 Piano Pieces / Hard Cuts / The Housewife's Lament (van Raat, Lunapark, Marinissen) 1:02:15   
  4 Piano Pieces          
      No. 1. — 8:38       
      No. 2. — 5:52       
      No. 3. — 11:34       
      No. 4. — 6:53       
  Hard Cuts          
      I. — 6:36       
      II. — 3:54       
      III. Like bees 8:55       
  The Housewife's Lament 9:53       
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