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Conlon Nancarrow
Studies for Player Piano

Release Date: January 1, 2008

Catalog Number: OM 1012-1015-2

Available Formats: CD, Digital Download

List Price: $35

Composer: Conlon Nancarrow

Performer: Conlon Nancarrow

Conductor: N/A

Orchestra/Ensemble: N/A

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Recording Notes

The definitive recording of these works, originally released on LP by 1750 Arch Records, newly remastered in spectacular sound, representing the most faithful reproduction of what Conlon Nancarrow heard in his own studio. This is the only available recording utilizing Nancarrow’s original instruments: two 1927 Ampico player pianos, one with metal-covered felt hammers and the other with leather strips on the hammers. Enclosed 52- page booklet contains the original liner notes by James Tenney, an essay by producer Charles Amirkhanian, and 24 illustrations. The studies are presented in their original order, selected by the composer.

Editorial Reviews

Conlon Nancarrow’s elaborate, witty and diverse studies for the player piano are among the great treasures of 20th century music…  Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle
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To say that Nancarrow’s player piano works are among the most important music of the 20th century is not an understatement.  David Toub, sequenza21.com
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No matter the maths and complex metrical relationships he explored in his music, Nancarrow intended his riotous, breathless works to push beyond the understood boundaries of art music.  Paul Kildea, frieze.com
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Track Listing

Volume One (Disc 1)

  1.  Study No. 3a  (3:01)
  2.  Study No. 3b  (4:45)
  3.  Study No. 3c  (2:23)
  4.  Study No. 3d  (2:10)
  5.  Study No. 3e  (2:06)
  6.  Study No. 20  (5:58)
  7.  Study No. 41a  (7:10)
  8.  Study No. 41b  (5:50)
  9.  Study No. 41c  (7:14)

Volume Two (Disc 2)

  1.  Study No. 5  (2:18)
  2.  Study No. 6  (2:44)
  3.  Study No. 14  (1:19)
  4.  Study No. 22  (3:27)
  5.  Study No. 26  (4:44)
  6.  Study No. 31  (1:31)
  7.  Study No. 35  (6:15)
  8.  Study No. 4  (3:00)
  9.  Study No. 32  (2:20)
  10.  Study No. 37  (10:36)
  11.  Study No. 40a  (3:49)
  12.  Study No. 40b  (4:26

Volume Three (Disc 3)

  1.  Sonatina  (4:03)
  2.  Study No. 1  (2:03)
  3.  Study No. 2  (1:59)
  4.  Study No. 7  (5:55)
  5.  Study No. 8  (4:11)
  6.  Study No. 10 (3:01)
  7.  Study No. 15  (1:00)
  8.  Study No. 21  (2:46)
  9.  Study No. 23  (4:21)
  10.  Study No. 24  (3:57)
  11.  Study No. 25  (5:30)
  12.  Study No. 33  (5:18)

Volume Four (Disc 4)

  1.  Study No. 9  (3:45)
  2.  Study No. 11  (3:27)
  3.  Study No. 12  (4:12)
  4.  Study No. 13  (2:29)
  5.  Study No. 16  (3:13)
  6.  Study No. 17  (1:23)
  7.  Study No. 18  (2:08)
  8.  Study No. 19  (1:05)
  9.  Study No. 27  (5:27)
  10.  Study No. 28  (2:32)
  11.  Study No. 29  (3:06)
  12.  Study No. 34  (4:05)
  13.  Study No. 36  (3:56)
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