On-Demand Audio: Pianist David Greilsammer's Cage and Scarlatti Mashup
Recorded Live at (Le) Poisson Rouge on May 27, 2014
Saturday, May 31, 2014
On May 27, Jerusalem-born pianist and conductor David Grielsammer performed an alternating set of sonata miniatures from Italian Baroque composer Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757) and the gentle dean of American experimentalism John Cage (1912-1992) at (Le) Poisson Rouge.
A live rendition of Greilsammer's latest album, "Scarlatti: Cage: Sonatas," the concert combined a fraction of the some 550 concise sonatas of Scarlatti with select sonatas from Cage's groundbreaking Sonatas and Interludes for prepared piano. Mining the repertoire for unexpected, thought-provoking combinations has become a trademark for the 36-year old composer, who also just finished the inaugural season as music director of his adventurous chamber orchestra, Geneva Camerata.
In his notes to the program, Greilsammer writes that the sonatas of the two composers "do not resemble in any way those of their contemporaries," and asks, "is it, perhaps because the two men were not composers, but in fact, inventors? Inventors of sound, magicians of rhythm, creators of new languages, that had never been heard before."
Scarlatti: Sonata in D minor, K. 213
Cage: Sonata XIV & XV, "Gemini"
Scarlatti: Sonata in D minor, K. 141
Cage: Sonata XIII
Scarlatti: Sonata in E, K. 531
Cage: Sonata XI
Scarlatti: Sonata in B minor, K. 27
Cage: Sonata I
Scarlatti: Sonata in B minor, K. 87
Cage: Sonata XII
Scarlatti: Sonata in A minor, K. 175
Cage: Sonata XVI
Scarlatti: Sonata in E, K. 381
Cage: Sonata V
Scarlatti: Sonata in D, K. 492