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One4, Four [all versions], Twenty-Nine

John Cage , Christina Fong , Karen Krummel , Glenn Freeman , Michael Crawford Audio CD
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listen  8. Twenty-NineGlenn Freeman29:00Album Only


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  • Performer: Christina Fong, Karen Krummel, Glenn Freeman, Michael Crawford
  • Composer: John Cage
  • Audio CD (January 3, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: OgreOgress productions
  • ASIN: B0006PIPXS
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #702,306 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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the musicians aim for a noticeably objective and 'once removed' quality to the performance. Twenty-Nine moves as though by stealth through its long duration. The strings fuse into a seamless meta-instrument and ... brusque percussion rolls add a tangy second dimension. The six versions of Four can be edited by listeners at will into ten, 20 or 30 minute version(s); One4 is heard through the painterly medium of ... resonant cymbals and gongs. --Philip Clark, The Wire, March 2005

In Four, the artists play with more vibrancy than the Ardittis ... I like the tone ... One4 and Twenty-nine are revelations to me; Freeman selects an interesting variety of percussion sounds for One4 and takes care that sufficient silent periods account for a substantial part of the performance; as always in Cage, the silence has a destabilizing and yet magical effect. In Twenty-nine, the performers sustain their separate notes for very long durations, so that the music moves through a variety of fascinating and varied harmonies -- in the late 1980s, Cage claimed he finally wrote harmonic music that pleased him, and he defined harmony as any sounds noticed together. --Rob Haskins, American Record Guide, September/October 2005

I may say that the result is rather impressive as well as successful. I for one am not a particularly great fan of Cage's music, but I readily admit that a piece such as Twenty-Nine is quite impressive, and well worth having. --Hubert Culot, MusicWeb, April 2005

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Fifth and final in a complete series of the Number Pieces (final works) for strings and/or percussion, this 66-minute CD features the world premiere recordings of John Cage's One4 and Twenty-Nine and is first to encompass all versions of Four.

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This is the latest in OgreOgress' ongoing series of releases dedicated to John Cage's late period "Number Pieces". The first is for a single percussionist, the other two for string ensembles (Twenty-nine also includes percussion), and all employ Cage's `time-bracket notation'.

The earliest of the three is "Four", scored for standard string quartet. To achieve an "equality" of parts Cage designed it so that any player could play any part (to achieve this, Cage only used a limited range of tones, those that could be played by all instruments). All sounds are held out with a minimum of attack and very low dynamics and there aren't any pizzicato notes at all. The piece is divided into three five-minute sections, where then the players were instructed to switch parts and start back at the top. But he also made a provision that the piece could also last ten or twenty minutes, in addition to the full thirty minute performance, by means of omitting a section or two (a ten minute version would consist solely of section B and its repeat; twenty minute, A and C and their repeats). The producers of this disc have gone a step further: they split up each section with separate index points, two versions of each, to allow the home listener to design their own performances.

One4 is for a single percussionist playing a host of instruments. As with "Three2", "Six" and "Four4", percussion sounds are created mostly by means of prolonged rolls and shaking. Here percussionist Glenn Freeman plays a standard drum set while using a host of sticks and mallets.
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