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Kagel, Mauricio “Alexandre Tharaud” [aeon]

Indeed, Kagel’s humor is not the kind that makes you laugh. Pianist Tharaud & friends present 5 of the composer’s mid-career works. An underlying theme to these works is the re-presentation of “classical” ideas in a Darmstadtian vein (Beethoven, Liszt, & Chopin for the very discerning ear). Another theme would be general melancholical humor. “MM51″ and “Rrrrr…” can also be found elsewhere in our library. The real gems are the ensemble piece “Ludwig Van”, an homage to Beethoven replete with whisperings, gurglings, and “Freude!”s, and “MM51″, a piece for piano & metronome which plays like The Tell-Tale Arhythmic Heart – replete with finishing maniacal laughter – be sure to play this track to the bitter end.

-Cujo in April 2004

  • Reviewed by cujo on January 26, 2005 at 4:34 am
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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    The good people at UBUweb (hosted by WFMU) have put some of Kagel’s films in their archive! See portions of “Ludwig Van” online at http://www.ubu.com/film/kagel.html

  • Comment by Cujo - KFJC, July 25th, 2006 8:02 am

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