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MICHENER, LEON: Plays IVES, ZENAKIS, CAGE, SCELSI, MICHENER
An engaging and unusual collection of contemporary piano works alternated with improvisations. The improvisations are made under self imposed rules, eg., drawing on early stride pianists, angularised; on distributed chords, pointilistically arranged; on increasing densities; through episodic fragments, drawing on Bartok, Scriabin, Sorabji, and so on. The last piece (Scelsi) is for amplified piano. The entire CD flows organically from start to finish.