Sonic Encounters -- The New Piano

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1 Primitive 3:20 $1.49 Buy
2 In The Name of the Holocaust 6:55 $1.49 Buy
3 Orbit No. 2, op.102, No. 2 5:32 $1.49 Buy
4 Jhala, op. 103 (Alan Hovhaness, 1952) 4:42 $1.49 Buy
5 I: Quasi improvvisando (George Crumb, Five Pieces for Piano, 1929) 2:18 $1.49 Buy
6 II: Ruvido, molto energico (George Crumb, Five Pieces for Piano, 1929) 1:27 $1.49 Buy
7 III: Notturno (George Crumb, Five Pieces for Piano, 1929) 2:10 $1.49 Buy
8 IV: Ruvido, molto energico (George Crumb, Five Pieces for Piano, 1929) 1:23 $1.49 Buy
9 V: Senza misura, liberatemente (George Crumb, Five Pieces for Piano, 1929) 4:47 $1.49 Buy
10 Cosmic Womb (Somei Satoh, 1975) 12:10 44.1/16 Album only
11 I: Gong (Ge Gan-Ru, 1986) 3:37 $1.49 Buy
12 II: Qin (Ge Gan-Ru, 1986) 3:01 $1.49 Buy
13 III: Pipa (Ge Gan-Ru, 1986) 4:02 $1.49 Buy
14 IV: Drum (Ge Gan-Ru, 1986) 6:11 $1.49 Buy

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The second recording from Margaret Leng-Tan, the "diva of the avant-garde", featuring works by three composers whom she specializes in: John Cage (USA), Somei Satoh (Japan) and Ge Gan-ru (China/USA). With Sonic Encounters: The New Piano, she explores the effect of Asian aestehtics on contemporary American composers and the influence of American composers on their Asian counterparts.

The first recordings of two early works by CAGE impart a hard-edged brilliance not usually associated with the prepared piano. The serenly mystical works of HOVHANESS embody the Eastern influence of continual melodic invention. CRUMB's Five Pieces display an extreme sensitivity to the beauty and expressive powerof small units of sound. SATOH's work is both minimal and lushly romantic, creating a luminous sound of orchestral proportions. GE GAN-RU, China's foremost avant-garde composer, uses the piano to produce sonorities influenced by traditional Chinese instruments.
Released 1988

Reviews
"Singapore native Margaret Leng Tan is one of the leading New Music pianists around. Tan plays all the works with grace, sympathy and power. Watch for her." - R.K. San Francisco Chronicle, April 24, 1991