CAGE: The Percussion Works 2

Third Construction, Second Construction, Trio, Quartet, Living Room Music

1 DVD - Mode Records MODE243DVD
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Third Coast Percussion
original title: John CAGE: The Percussion Works 2

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  • (surround sound with full video)

    John Cage’s vision of the future of music was first shaped by an ntense creative period from 1935-1942, when he wrote many of the seminal works of percussion chamber music featured here. When he composed these works, the young Cage was basically the same age as the members of Third Coast Percussion.
    This release includes all three of the groundbreaking 'Constructions'. 'First Construction' (in Metal) utilises dozens of metal instruments which are beaten, scraped and shaken, creating an other-worldly mixture of resonant sound unlike any heard before it. 'Second Construction' prominently features one of Cage’s greatest inventions, the prepared piano. Finally, 'Third Construction' brings the greatest degree of complexity and the widest range of instrumental timbres yet, creating one of the first landmark pieces in the percussion chamber music literature.
    -There are very few recordings of the early works 'Quartet' and 'Trio'.
    -The surprisingly beautiful sounds of everyday objects come forth in Third Coast Percussion’s recording of 'Living Room Music', recorded onsite at the futuristic Ford House in Aurora, IL, designed by one of America’s most iconoclastic architects, Bruce Goff, in 1947. Third Coast utilizs the house itself as an instrument for the first movement.
    All works dynamically directed and filmed by Ross Karre. The DVD features surround and stereo audio.
    Hailed by the Chicago Reader as “one of the finest new-music ensembles in the country,” Third Coast Percussion's performances have swiftly gained national attention for effortlessly combining the energy of a rock concert with the precision and sophistication of classical chamber music.

    Also available:
    MODE229 WORKS FOR PERCUSSION Volume 1: Imaginary Landscapes
    "These pioneering, experimental works chart what you might call the prehistory of electro acoustic music, and the disc is available as a CD or a DVD, with a video documentary, high-resolution tracks, and even more alternative performances." Irish Times

  • Third Coast Percussion

    Gregory Beyer, Ross Karne [percussion],
    Third Coast Percussion
  • 1 DVD - 1h 4mn 0s
    upc/ean. 764593024392
    ref. MODE243DVD
    release date. 2012-07-30