Cage, John - Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano (1946-1948) (Maro Ajemian)
John Cage is famous for his theories and his writings and his influence, but he also made some really excellent music and, for me, these works for prepared piano (created between 1946-1948 and an unbelievably radical idea at the time) are some of his greatest works. This CD reissues the first recordings of these works, recorded in 1950 by pianist Maro Ajemian. "John Cage was one of America's most important avant-garde/classical/conceptual composers of the 20th century. The influence of his works such as sonatas and interludes for prepared piano in both jazz and underground popular music (Stereolab, Broadcast and the like). This vintage recording dates from the early '50s when nothing like it had ever been heard before and is the perfect introduction to Cage. Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano is John Cage's magnum opus. This is the first recording of this work, played by the Armenian pianist Maro Ajemian over 50 years ago, when the music was new and shocking. It still is."