The 2nd of 3 volumes presenting John Cage and David Tudor's 1962 tour of Japan, dubbed "John Cage Shock", here presenting works by Karlheinz Stockhausen and John Cage as performed by Cage, Tudor, and Kenji Kobayashi.
John Cage Shock Vol. 2
Label: EM Records
Released in: Japan
Volume 2 in EM Records' John Cage Shock series lifts off with a fiery example of David Tudor's piano virtuosity, his mastery of dynamics well-evident in a performance of KlavierstÃπcke X (1961) by Karlheinz Stockhausen. The titular shock of this series is delivered even more forcefully with the next piece, John Cage's 26'55.988" for 2 Pianists and a String Player (1961), which was first performed the year before in Darmstadt by Tudor and Kenji Kobayashi, a combination of two of Cage's solo pieces. The performance here, from Osaka, has a slightly altered title and the composition becomes a seismic quartet with the addition of Toshi Ichiyanagi and Yoko Ono, with the four performers providing acutely-angled blasts of sound. Features rare photos plus liner notes in Japanese and English plus commentary by Toshi Ichiyanagi.
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Label: EM Records
Catalog ID: EM 1105CD
Squidco Product Code: 16453
Packaging: Cardstock gatefold foldover
Recorded at Mido-Kaikan in Osaka on October 17th, 1962.
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1. Karlheinz Stockhausen - Klavierstck X (19:39)
Performer: David Tudor (pf)
2. John Cage - 26'55.988" for 2 Pianists & a String Player (22:41)
Performer: David Tudor (pf) + Toshi Ichiyanagi (pf) + Kenji Kobayashi (vn) + Yoko Ono (vo)