#3639: Piano Dances

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Anya Lechner,  François Couturier

For this New Sounds, listen to dances for the piano, including works by G.I. Gurdjieff, Francesco Tristano, John Adams, and Tim Hecker on this New Sounds. There are combinations of piano and cello, piano and electronics, music for two pianos, and more. Hear music from the early 20th century mystic, composer, and philosopher Armenian G.I. Gurdjieff, who together with his disciple, the Russian composer Thomas deHartmann, created several cycles of piano works. Listen to an arrangement of Gurdjieff/de Hartmann’s music from cellist Anja Lechner and pianist/composer Francois Couturier, from their record, “Moderato Cantabile.” 

Then, there’s an early minimalist work from John Adams, the trance “China Gates,” played by Orli Shaham. Plus, listen to Francesco Tristano’s musical homages to Barcelona club music, in solo piano arrangements of techno, house and other electronic dance music. That, and more minimalist piano-based sketches from the Canadian electronic musician and sound artist Tim Hecker.

PROGRAM #3639, Piano Dances (First aired on 9/18/2014)  

ARTIST: Francesco Tristano
WORK: The Bells [5:54]
RECORDING: Not for Piano
SOURCE: inFine/Sunnyside Records SSC1185
sunnysiderecords.com 
INFO: Available at Emusic.com or iTunes.

ARTISTS: Anja Lechner, Francois Couturier
WORK: G. I. Gurdjieff: Sayyid chant and dance no 3, Hymn no 7 [6:37]
RECORDING: Moderato cantabile
SOURCE: ECM 2367 
INFO: ecmrecords.com

ARTISTS: Anja Lechner, Francois Couturier
WORK: Couturier: Voyage [5:27]
RECORDING: Moderato cantabile
SOURCE: ECM 2367 
INFO: ecmrecords.com

ARTISTS: Alice Sara Ott & Franceso Tristano, pianos
WORK: Tristano: A Soft Shell Groove [7:05]
RECORDING: Scandale
SOURCE: DG 479 3541
INFO: deutschegrammophon.com

ARTIST: Cecil Lytle, piano
WORK: Gurdjieff/de Hartmann - No. 33 / Kurdish Melody from Isfahan [2:25]
RECORDING: The Music of Gurdjieff / De Hartmann
SOURCE: Celestial Harmonies 6 CD boxed set 19904
INFO: harmonies.com, also available at Amazon.com

ARTIST: Orli Shaham, piano
WORK: John Adams: China Gates [4:45]
RECORDING: American Grace
SOURCE: Canary Classics CC 11
INFO: canaryclassics.com

ARTIST: Franceso Tristano
WORK: Derek May: Strings Of Life [7:15]
RECORDING: Not for Piano
SOURCE: inFine/Sunnyside Records SSC1185
sunnysiderecords.com 
INFO: Available at Emusic.com or iTunes.

ARTIST: Tim Hecker
WORK: Sketch 5 (Dropped Pianos) [4:57]
RECORDING: Musicworks, #114
SOURCE: Appears on the free compilation CD with the Music Works magazine. 
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INFO: Also appears on Hecker’s EP “Dropped Pianos”- Kranky #161
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