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People United

F. Rzewski

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Format: CD

Cat No: CDA67077

Release Date:  01 April 1999

Label:  Hyperion Records Ltd

Packaging Type:  Jewel Case

No of Units:  1

Barcode:  034571170770

Genres:  Classical  Solo Instrumental  

  • Description

    To the uninitiated it is hard to describe the musical world of the American composer Frederic Rzewski. A pianist himself, Rzewski initially made a name for himself as a champion of the avant-garde, performing everything from Cage to Boulez. In the '70s his own music took a much more populist turn as his political beliefs drove him to find a much more approachable language, basically tonal and incorporating much quotation from popular music. It is music of this period that is recorded here. The People United Will Never Be Defeated! 36 Variations on a Chilean protest song, has been likened to a twentieth-century 'Diabelli' Variations. This lengthy work is a tour de force of compositional and keyboard virtuosity, exhilarating and emotionally all-encompassing in its effect. Marc-Andre Hamelin has been playing the work for many years and has become one of its greatest champions, though the fact that many other pianists have also taken it up confirms that the piece is becoming a twentieth-century classic. Similiar in idiom are the two North American Ballads that complete the recital; once again popular melodies are woven into a fabric which in Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues includes the stunning representation of the mechanical noise of the mill.

  • Tracklisting

      Disc 1

      Side 1

      • 1. The People United Will Never Be Defeated!: Thema: With Determination
      • 2. The People United Will Never Be Defeated!: Variation 1: Weaving; Delicate But Firm
      • 3. The People United Will Never Be Defeated!: Variation 2: With Firmness
      • 4. The People United Will Never Be Defeated!: Variation 3: Slightly Slower, With Expressive Nuances
      • 5. The People United Will Never Be Defeated!: Variation 4: Marcato
      • 6. The People United Will Never Be Defeated!: Variation 5: Dreamlike, Frozen
      • 7. The People United Will Never Be Defeated!: Variation 6: Same Tempo As Beginning
      • 8. The People United Will Never Be Defeated!: Variation 7: Tempo (Lightly, Impatiently)
      • 9. The People United Will Never Be Defeated!: Variation 8: With Agility; Not Too Much Pedal; Crisp
      • 10. The People United Will Never Be Defeated!: Variation 9: Evenly
      • 11. The People United Will Never Be Defeated!: Variation 10: Comodo, Recklessly
      • 12. The People United Will Never Be Defeated!: Variation 11: Temp I. Like Fragments Of An Absent Melody
      • 13. The People United Will Never Be Defeated!: Variation 12
      • 14. The People United Will Never Be Defeated!: Variation 13: Tempo = 72
      • 15. The People United Will Never Be Defeated!: Variation 14: A Bit Faster, Optimistically
      • 16. The People United Will Never Be Defeated!: Variation 15: Flexible, Like An Improvisation
      • 17. The People United Will Never Be Defeated!: Variation 16: Same Tempo As Preceding, With Fuctuations;
      • 18. The People United Will Never Be Defeated!: Variation 17: LH Strictly - RH Freely, Roughly As In Spac
      • 19. The People United Will Never Be Defeated!: Variation 18
      • 20. The People United Will Never Be Defeated!: Variation 19: With Energy
      • 21. The People United Will Never Be Defeated!: Variation 20: Crisp, Precise
      • 22. The People United Will Never Be Defeated!: Variation 21: Relentless, Uncompromising
      • 23. The People United Will Never Be Defeated!: Variation 22
      • 24. The People United Will Never Be Defeated!: Variation 23: As Fast As Possible With Some Rubato
      • 25. The People United Will Never Be Defeated!: Variation 24
      • 26. The People United Will Never Be Defeated!: Variation 25: With Tempo Fluctuations
      • 27. The People United Will Never Be Defeated!: Variation 26: In A Militant Manner
      • 28. The People United Will Never Be Defeated!: Variation 27: Tenderly, And With A Hopeful Expression
      • 29. The People United Will Never Be Defeated!: Variation 28
      • 30. The People United Will Never Be Defeated!: Variation 29
      • 31. The People United Will Never Be Defeated!: Variation 30
      • 32. The People United Will Never Be Defeated!: Variation 31
      • 33. The People United Will Never Be Defeated!: Variation 32
      • 34. The People United Will Never Be Defeated!: Variation 33
      • 35. The People United Will Never Be Defeated!: Variation 34
      • 36. The People United Will Never Be Defeated!: Variation 35
      • 37. The People United Will Never Be Defeated!: Variation 36
      • 38. The People United Will Never Be Defeated!: Cadenza (Optional Improvisation)
      • 39. The People United Will Never Be Defeated!: Thema: Tempo I
      • 40. Down by the Riverside
      • 41. Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues