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Frederic Rzewski: The People United Will Never Be Defeated!

CDR 90000 158

24 bit digital recording
NEW RELEASE

Playing time: 66'48"
Tracks: 43
Booklet pages: 12
© 2015 Cedille Records
Reviewer: Roderic Dunnett
Review of Frederic Rzewski: The People United Will Never Be Defeated! published on 24 June 2016

Listen: Frederic Rzewski: Improvisation (The People United Will Never Be Defeated!) (track 38, 0:00-0:47)

Ursula Oppens, piano (Steinway) (tracks 1-39)
Ursula Oppens and Jerome Lowenthal, piano duo (Steinway) (tracks 40-43)
Michael Lenahan, whistler (tracks 12, 13 and 36)

Frederic Rzewski (born 1938):

The People United Will Never Be Defeated! - 36 variations on 'El pueblo unido jamas sera vencido' by Sergio Ortega

1 Theme - With determination
2 Variation 1 - Weaving: delicate but firm
3 Variation 2 - With firmness
4 Variation 3 - Slightly slower with expressive nuances
5 Variation 4 - Marcato
6 Variation 5 - Dreamlike, frozen
7 Variation 6 - Same tempo as beginning
8 Variation 7 - Tempo (Lightly, impatiently)
9 Variation 8 - With agility; not too much pedal; crisp
10 Variation 9 - Evenly
11 Variation 10 - Comodo, recklessly
12 Variation 11 - Tempo I, Like fragments of an absent melody - in strict time
13 Variation 12
14 Variation 13 - crotchet=72 or slightly faster
15 Variation 14 - A bit faster, optimistically
16 Variation 15 - Flexible, like an improvisation
17 Variation 16 - Same tempo as preceding, with fluctuations
18 Variation 17 - L H strictly minim=36, R H freely, roughly as in space
19 Variation 18
20 Variation 19 - With energy
21 Variation 20 - Crisp, precise
22 Variation 21 - Relentless, uncompromising
23 Variation 22 - crotchet=132
24 Variation 23 - As fast as possible, with some rubato
25 Variation 24 - crotchet=72
26 Variation 25 - crotchet=circa 84, with fluctuations
27 Variation 26 - crotchet=168 In a militant manner
28 Variation 27 - crotchet=72 Tenderly, and with a hopeful expression
29 Variation 28 - crotchet=160
30 Variation 29 - crotchet=144-152
31 Variation 30 - crotchet=84
32 Variation 31 - crotchet=106
33 Variation 32
34 Variation 33
35 Variation 34
36 Variation 35
37 Variation 36
38 Improvisation
39 Theme - Tempo I

Four Hands
40 crotchet=96-104
41 senza misura (circa 30" per line)
42 crotchet=72
43 crotchet=96

Recorded 11-13 and 15 December 2015 at the American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, USA

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