«John Cage: Guitar Music»
3 Easy Pieces (1933),
In a Landscape,
Aaron Larget-Caplan (Guitar), Adam Levin (Prepared Guitar), Sharan Leventhal (Violin).
Guitar virtuoso Aaron Larget-Caplan was first introduced to the music of John Cage as a student at the New England Conservatory. Disappointed by the lack of representation by mid-century American composers in the guitar repertoire, he chose to make his own arrangements of Cage’s music – now published by Edition Peters. He found similarities in arranging Cage to arranging Bach, claiming the music to be so strong on its own that instrumentation felt secondary: Beautiful music is beautiful. This recording features seven early and mid-career compositions, dating from 1933 through 1950 for solo guitar, violin and guitar, and prepared guitar duo. All guitar parts were originally written for solo piano or prepared piano. The compositions required few adjustments from the originals and fit very well on the guitar. The music is playful, meditative, meandering, introspective, large, quiet, haunting and regal. Whether a cognoscente or someone who wants to discover more about John Cage, this album is a wonderful recital of one of the great twentieth-century composers, newly imagined and expertly played by wonderful artists.