“Antheil: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2”
A Jazz Symphony,
Death of machines 'Third Piano Sonata',
Jazz Sonata 'Piano Sonata No. 4',
Piano Concerto No. 1,
Piano Concerto No. 2,
Sonatina für Radio, for piano, W. 58.
Markus Becker (Piano).
NDR Radiophilharmonie – Eiji Oue.
George Antheil was a crazy fellow who very much fancied himself in the role of the »bad boy«, as he termed himself in the title of his autobiography. On the other hand, he aimed at doing more than just scandalizing and shocking the music world; his ambition as an artist and especially as a composer was great and to be taken seriously: »By one stroke I wish to conquer the world. I feel within me a greatness which no one yet has dreamed of. I will blast a new way.« He sought this new way his whole life long, from the scandalous Ballet mécanique to his late symphonies. With alert eyes and ears he took in everything that was going on around him: the hecticness and stress of modern times, jazz, and twentieth-century composers as different as Stravinsky and Sibelius — he amalgamated it all.