ALAN HOVHANESS (1911-2000): O Lord, Bless Thy Mountains for 2 Pianos,Op. 276, IVAN WYSCHNEGRADSKY (1893-1979): Meditation sur deux thèmes for Bassoon and Piano, JOHN CAGE (1912-1992): Daughters of the Lonesome Isle for Prepared Piano, MAURICE OHANA (1913-1992): Syrtes for Cello and Piano, CHARLES IVES (1874-1954): 3 Quarter-tone Pieces for 2 Pianos, ROLAND MOSER (b.1943): Kabinett mit Vierteltönen for 2 Pianos, STEPAN KONICEK (b.1928): Praeludium, Blues und Toccata for 2 Pianos, ROBERT BONOTTO (b.1962): Sibelius and the Cuckoo of Jarvenpää for Piano, Cello, Viola and Bells.
Catalogue Number: 10J111
Description: Live recordings from the American Festival of Microtonal Music mostly made at concerts in 1992 and bringing us some composers we don't associate with such "avant-gardness". However, much the music Hovhaness was interested in naturally used microtones, so his O Lord will not sound all that "strange". The longest work is Ohana's 15-minute study in sonority, typically with an impenetrable title à la Xenakis or Scelsi and the most fun is Bonotto's little piece inspired by Sibelius' biographical recollection of the quality of a cuckoo's call which fell between a major and a minor third. Joshua Pierce (piano), Dorothy Jonas (second piano), Johnny Reinhard (bassoon), Dave Eggar, Jodi Beder (cello), David Gold (viola), Tom Goldstein (bells).