Piano Works Revisited

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
This convenient and nicely remastered collection brings together several of pianist/composer Elodie Lauten's most influential recordings from the 1980s, several of them previously unreleased in any form and most of them never before available on CD. The first disc contains her first full-length album, a five-work program titled simply Piano Works that includes her post-minimalist masterpiece "Cat Counterpoint" (imagine Pere Ubu and Birdsongs of the Mesozoic collaborating on a set of strict arpeggios). It also features her "Concerto for Piano and Orchestral Memory," a nine-movement piece in which the orchestral accompaniment is consistently altered by electronic means. The...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
This convenient and nicely remastered collection brings together several of pianist/composer Elodie Lauten's most influential recordings from the 1980s, several of them previously unreleased in any form and most of them never before available on CD. The first disc contains her first full-length album, a five-work program titled simply Piano Works that includes her post-minimalist masterpiece "Cat Counterpoint" (imagine Pere Ubu and Birdsongs of the Mesozoic collaborating on a set of strict arpeggios). It also features her "Concerto for Piano and Orchestral Memory," a nine-movement piece in which the orchestral accompaniment is consistently altered by electronic means. The second disc includes two pieces: "Variations on the Orange Cycle" (a piano piece structured around a 24-hour cycle of activity and utilizing Lauten's "universal mode improvisation" technique, and which frankly works a bit better in theory than as a listening experience) and the more apparently free-form "Sonate Modale" (a piece for piano with synthesized backing track). Not everything works perfectly, but all of it is interesting and the collection as a whole is definitely worth hearing.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/9/2010
  • Label: Unseen Worlds
  • UPC: 616892069362
  • Catalog Number: 5
  • Sales rank: 120,572

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Cat Counterpoint (3:26)
  2. 2 Revelation (5:55)
  3. 3 Adamantine Sonata (2:55)
  4. 4 Alien Heart (6:34)
  5. 5 Imaginary Husband (5:01)
  6. 6 Allegro vivace (4:34)
  7. 7 Andante (Dedicated to the Impossible) (9:22)
  8. 8 Orchestral Memory (5:59)
  9. 9 Con spirito (5:01)
  10. 10 Moderato (5:52)
  11. 11 Tempo di habañera (4:51)
  12. 12 Andante cantabile (5:18)
  13. 13 Orchestral Memory Exit (0:55)
  14. 14 Tango (4:07)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Variations on the Orange Cycle (36:02)
  2. 2 Sonate Modale (24:59)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Elodie Lauten Primary Artist, Piano, Loops, Fairlight CMI, Processed Tape
Arthur Russell Cello
Peter Zummo Trombone
Ron Lawrence Viola
Voirabh Violin
Technical Credits
Mark Freedman Engineer
Tom Gordon Remastering
Elodie Lauten Composer, Producer, Liner Notes, Sequencers
Mark Morse Concept, Cover Photo
John Schaefer Liner Notes
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