Mode 200: Cage performs Cage | Empty Words, with Music for Piano





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Published on Apr 12, 2011

John Cage, voice
Yvar Mikhashoff, piano

Mode celebrates its 200th release with a special installment in its John Cage Edition - works performed by John Cage himself, released for the first time.

These recordings were made in Buffalo, New York in April 1991. Cage and Mode Records were in Buffalo to work on the premiere of his Europera 5, which he wrote for Yvar Mikhashoff, a longtime collaborator and specialist in New Music.

Cage and Mikhashoff had performed this special duet of Empty Words simultaneous with Music for Piano in concert several times, and decided to make this recording, without an audience, especially for Mode.

The single sounds of Music for Piano, many of them quiet, make for a beautiful counterpoint with the mysterious and somewhat lonesome voice of the elderly Cage.

Liner notes by Rob Haskins.


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