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Nancarrow: Pieces Nos. 1 & 2; ¿Tango?; String Quartet No. 1

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Previously released by the Musical Heritage Society in 1991, this 2005 Naxos reissue is heartily recommended for its remarkable variety; and the outstanding new music ensemble Continuum should be commended for perpetuating Conlon Nancarrow's fascinating legacy. Known to many listeners as an eccentric, experimental composer for the player piano, and long unknown for his other instrumental works, Nancarrow is fairly portrayed in a program that reflects his range more fully. The works for player piano are represented here by the outrageously rapid-fire "Toccata for violin and player piano" 1943, performed by violinist Mia Wu, and some two-hand and four-hand piano ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Previously released by the Musical Heritage Society in 1991, this 2005 Naxos reissue is heartily recommended for its remarkable variety; and the outstanding new music ensemble Continuum should be commended for perpetuating Conlon Nancarrow's fascinating legacy. Known to many listeners as an eccentric, experimental composer for the player piano, and long unknown for his other instrumental works, Nancarrow is fairly portrayed in a program that reflects his range more fully. The works for player piano are represented here by the outrageously rapid-fire "Toccata for violin and player piano" 1943, performed by violinist Mia Wu, and some two-hand and four-hand piano arrangements of other mechanical piano studies, brilliantly played by Continuum directors Cheryl Seltzer and Joel Sachs. But the "Piece No. 1 for small orchestra" 1943; the "Trio Movement for clarinet, bassoon and piano" 1942; the "String Quartet No. 1" 1945; and the "Piece No. 2" 1986 offset them, and are in their own quirky ways as intriguing and amusing. Nancarrow's games with ratios, tricky cross-rhythms, and angular counterpoint are still in evidence in these compositions, but the presence of live performers brings another dimension to the music that makes it frolic with chaotic jubilation, very much in the spirit of Charles Ives. The reproduction of these 1989 performances is terrific.
Chicago Tribune - John von Rhein
I found these pieces so engaging and the performances by Continuum so expertly made that I wanted to play this disc over and over again.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/21/2005
  • Label: Naxos American
  • UPC: 636943919620
  • Catalog Number: 8559196
  • Sales rank: 194,249

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Piece No.1 for Small Orchestra - Conlon Nancarrow & Continuum (7:04)
  2. 2 Toccata for violin & piano - Conlon Nancarrow & Joel Sachs (1:36)
  3. 3 Work(s): Prelude [arr. for piano 4 hands] and Blues [solo] - Conlon Nancarrow & Joel Sachs (3:20)
  4. 4 Study for Player Piano No.15, canon 3/4 - Conlon Nancarrow & Joel Sachs (1:12)
  5. 5 Tango?, for piano - Conlon Nancarrow & Cheryl Seltzer (2:49)
  6. 6–8 Sonatina for piano - Conlon Nancarrow & Joel Sachs (4:48)
  7. 7 Trio No.1, for clarinet, bassoon & piano: Trio Movement - Conlon Nancarrow & David Krakauer (2:38)
  8. 10–12 String Quartet No.1 - Conlon Nancarrow & Continuum (10:40)
  9. 11 Piece No.2 for Small Orchestra - Conlon Nancarrow & Continuum (10:27)
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Performance Credits
Continuum Primary Artist
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