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Clusters. American piano explorations. Cowal.
Format : 1 CD
Total Time : 00:56:12

Recording : 2017-2018
Location : Vancouver
Country : Canada
Sound : Stereo

Label : New World
Catalog No. : NW80800
EAN : 0093228080022
Price Code : DM020A

Publishing Year : 2018
Release Date : 01/09/2018

Genre : Classical
Johanna Magdalena Beyer (1888-1944)
Clusters

Muhal Richard Abrams (1930-2017)
Etudes, op. 1 n° 1

Thomas Peterson (1931-2006)
Reflection

Kris Davis (1980-)
8 Pièces pour l'équinox de printemps

James Tenney (1934-2006)
Variations en la majeur, sur un thème de mon père

Daniel Goode (1936-)
Sonate pour piano n° 1

David Mahler (1944-)
Martin Bartlett at the Claremont Hotel
A song that will linger

Rory Cowal, piano

Rory Cowal is a distinctive pianist, one who draws liberally on classical chops, ample experience with improvisation, and a predilection for the new and uncharted. This makes him especially attractive to composers who wish to blur the boundaries between traditional styles and genres. A musical adventurer at heart, Cowal seems drawn to challenging and unusual projects. The eight pieces on this CD reflect this willingness to experiment, to not just play the same old (now canonic) warhorses of the American experimental tradition, but to expand our awareness of what that tradition might include over a large period of time, from Johanna Magdalena Beyer (1888–1944) to Kris Davis (b. 1980), with their adventurous colleagues Muhal Richard Abrams (1930–2017), Daniel Goode (b. 1936), David Mahler (b. 1944), Thomas Peterson (1931–2006), and James Tenney (1934–2006) somewhere in between. The pieces recorded here span from 1931, a time characterized by “ultramodernism” and the theoretical exploration of dissonant counterpoint, to 2018, and the vast influences bombarding young composers in the twenty-first century’s oversaturation of digital resources. None of the pieces included here has been previously recorded. Working therefore with no point of reference but the score, Cowal had the special challenge of envisioning them, and bringing them to life based solely on his own understanding of their possibilities.

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