Various Artists

John Cage: 100

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Wergo's special edition box set for the centennial of John Cage's birth consists of five previously released albums that show different aspects of the composer's work. The Sonatas and Interludes for prepared piano is the best-known work here, and over the years since Joshua Pierce recorded it in 1975, it has become one of the most widely available of Cage's works, steadily increasing in popularity with mainstream audiences. It is recommended as the best introduction to Cage's music. The remaining CDs were recorded between 1982 and 2009, and present less familiar pieces, though the Concert for piano and orchestra and Atlas Eclipticalis are major pieces in Cage's output and have become core works for his followers. The remaining CDs present some of Cage's spoken word pieces and chamber music, and these are more specialized in interest. While it appears that this set is an important item for the serious collector of Cage and students of the 20th century avant-garde, it provides much more than most listeners will need.

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 27:57 Amazon
2 41:18 Amazon
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