Incredible renditions of Cage piano pieces
Justin Oser | 12/22/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Margaret Leng Tan, the pianist on this album, knew and played for John Cage himself for more than a decade. The insight that comes with such a relationship with the composer shines through on this album. I can scarcely imagine better versions of these wonderful piano pieces. The pieces span a variety of types of pianos (prepared piano, toy piano, regular piano, bowed piano) and moods. From the incredibly beautiful ("In a Landscape" is one of the most beautiful pieces of music I have ever heard) to the aggressive ("Ophelia") to the minimalist ("Music for Piano #2), this album spans quite a bit of the possibilities for piano music. I highly recommend it, but should caution you that you must have an open mind to enjoy this--this could be unlike you might have heard a piano played before (or imagined it could be played). If you like this, I recommend "The Perilous Night/Four Walls," which also has Margaret Leng Tan playing piano."