Happy Birthday John Cage!
A CD dedicated to music and silences by John Cage for his 100 birthday.
With the kind support of John Cage Trust.
All music by John Cage:
- Primitive, for Prepared Harp
- In a landscape, for Harp
- A room, for Prepared Harp
- Just Sounds
- Variations I, for any instrument No. 1
- Variations I, for any instrument No. 2
- Variations I, for any instrument No. 3
- Variations I, for any instrument No. 4
- Variations I, for any instrument No. 5
- Waiting, for Harp
- 4’33”, for any instrument
- Dream, for Harp
- Suite for Toy Harp No. 1
- Suite for Toy Harp No. 2 Same Speed
- Suite for Toy Harp No. 3 Slower
- Suite for Toy Harp No. 4 Same tempo of No. 3
- Quiet the Mind
- Prelude for Meditation, for Prepared Harp
- Life and Death
- Postcards from Heaven
- The music I do not know
John Cage (Speaker)
Floraleda Sacchi (Harp, Prepared Harp, Toy Harp, Voice, Stopwatch)
“I read “Silence” for the first time when I was 15. I fall instantly in love with Cage’s attitude and ideas. He made my life better and I read, play and think about his ideas often. He makes me feel good and tune me with the environment. Thank you John and happy birthday!” Floraleda Sacchi, 9/5/12.
The Independent ★★★★
“There’s something about the Zen-garden aspect of John Cage’s music that lends itself particularly well to these interpretations by the Italian harpist Floraleda Sacchi. The instrument is especially effective in the more obviously “beautiful” pieces such as “Dream” and “In a Landscape”, where the undulating, intertwining figures have the same serene intensity as on piano, but are less overtly soothing, always poised on a sharper edge.
The paperclips and cards inserted between strings for the prepared-harp piece “Primitive” produce a buzzy, less percussive timbre than in prepared-piano versions. There’s also one of the noisiest versions of the famous silent piece “4’33″”, thanks presumably to the breeze blowing through the harpstrings, Aeolian-style.” (Andy Gill)
The harp of Floraleda Sacchi it’s an embodiment of the humility, assuredness and perception of Cage’s own musicology. Each of the works here is meticulously performed; performed with superb expression and involvement. […] This is splendid and important music, though, played in a winning and appealing way. Whatever your (previous) experience of Cage and his world and approach to music, its performance and reception, this is a CD to look closely at. It’s unlikely that you won’t be inspired by much of what it contains.
Classical Net, Mark Sealey full article
Beautiful record. Indeed!
Peter Michael Hamel