SATIE, PICABIA, MILHAUD, AURIC, STRAVINSKY, RIBEMONT-DESSAIGNES, MESENS, DUCHAMP: Festival DADA Pari
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A collection of piano pieces played at, or written for, various Dada events in Paris between 1921-3. One or two pieces are well known but most will be heard here for the first time. The whole CD is nicely programmed, getting progressively stranger before finally returning to more familiar ground. The Ribemont-Dessaignes pieces are particularly remarkable - you couldn't date them - and for anybody interested in the history of musical ideas, very valuable. They are world premiere recordings, so this is the first opportunity to hear them. The same is true of the three Mesens pieces. The collection ends with a restored 1925 recording of Stravinsky's played by Marcelle Meyer, the pianist who performed at the two Dada events listed here.Nice booklet, with useful notes and illustrations. A pleasant, eccentric and - for the recording premiere pieces - useful CD.