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Ecoutez!
Claude Debussy, John Cage, Toru Takemitsu

Sheila Arnold

Ecoutez!

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Format: CD
Label: CAvi
UPC: 4260085532575
Catnr: AVI 8553257
Release date: 01 June 2018
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Label
CAvi
UPC
4260085532575
Catalogue number
AVI 8553257
Release date
01 June 2018

"Pianist Sheila Arnold plays on her new Avi Music CD, "Ecoutez!", Work by Debussy, Cage and Takemitsu. A revelation!"

Stretto, 03-6-2018
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About the album

Claude Debussy left a profound mark on music history when he dissolved functional harmony under the influence of the music of the Far East.

Tōru Takemitsu had to distance himself from his own culture in order to listen to Japanese music with the ears of a Western-trained musician – adopting, for instance, the approach of John Cage. He came to realize that Japan’s venerable musical tradition had long been highlighting individual notes as complex sonorities in their own right, instead of treating them as part of a series of several notes.

From the human need for sound as well as silence, John Cage drew the most extreme conclusions. The concept of a “beautiful” sound was never static in music history: it has changed over the centuries, and it differs from one culture to another. Western musical aesthetics tend to differentiate between “noises” and “notes”: the latter feature well-ordered harmonics. The concept of “dissonance” has also changed throughout different musical periods. What is more, musicians and their audiences have always felt the need to “savor” a dissonance – to listen to it consciously, to experience it – before it is resolved.

On the other hand, time plays a truly fundamental role in how a work is conceived and structured, and each individual listener experiences musical time in a different way. Ideally, the performer and the listener share the same time system: they enjoy passages in a similar way, they hear a piece with the same depth of focus. Music resonates inside the instrument, in our bodies, in the space that surrounds us. Each note is in motion. When several notes vibrate simultaneously, they make up an ocean of concomitant vibrations. If we add the sounds and noises from our surroundings, then we are dealing with an incredible concentration of sonic events within a very short period of time.

What happens then?

We become more aware of the way we perceive things. If we are lucky, this kind of conscious musical listening starts to affect how we pay attention to other people, whether they are speaking or not. And lending an ear to one another has become more necessary than ever. Wouldn’t you agree? - Sheila Arnold


Artist(s)

Sheila Arnold (piano)

Sheila Arnold belongs to the generation of pianists for whom the language of the fortepianos has had a decisive influence on their self-image as musicians. Outstanding successes at international competitions such as the Mozart Competition in Salzburg or the Concours Clara Haskil as well as numerous scholarships and awards such as the Mozart Prize of the Mozart Society Wiesbaden in 1995 contributed significantly to her international concert activity as a soloist in recitals and with renowned orchestras and conductors as well as a chamber music partner. She played in big European concert Halls and at festivals such as in Schleswig-Holstein, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Rheingau, Spannungen Heimbach, Hambach, Echternach, Sangat, Ravinia and others. Her CDs have been awarded prizes such as the Choc of Classica Magazine or inclusion in the longlist of the...
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Sheila Arnold belongs to the generation of pianists for whom the language of the fortepianos has had a decisive influence on their self-image as musicians.
Outstanding successes at international competitions such as the Mozart Competition in Salzburg or the Concours Clara Haskil as well as numerous scholarships and awards such as the Mozart Prize of the Mozart Society Wiesbaden in 1995 contributed significantly to her international concert activity as a soloist in recitals and with renowned orchestras and conductors as well as a chamber music partner. She played in big European concert Halls and at festivals such as in Schleswig-Holstein, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Rheingau, Spannungen Heimbach, Hambach, Echternach, Sangat, Ravinia and others.
Her CDs have been awarded prizes such as the Choc of Classica Magazine or inclusion in the longlist of the German Record Prize. She is also co-editor of the new edition of Ludwig van Beethoven‘s piano pieces published by Wiener Urtext 2020. Sheila Arnold is a professor at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln.


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Claude Debussy

Claude Debussy was a French composer. He and Maurice Ravel were the most prominent figures associated with impressionist music, though Debussy disliked the term when applied to his compositions. He was made Chevalier of the Legion of Honour in 1903. He was among the most influential composers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and his use of non-traditional scales and chromaticism influenced many composers who followed. Debussy's music is noted for its sensory content and frequent usage of non-traditional tonalities. The prominent French literary style of his period was known as Symbolism, and this movement directly inspired Debussy both as a composer and as an active cultural participant Among his most famous works are his Clair de Lune, his Three Nocturnes...
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Claude Debussy was a French composer. He and Maurice Ravel were the most prominent figures associated with impressionist music, though Debussy disliked the term when applied to his compositions. He was made Chevalier of the Legion of Honour in 1903. He was among the most influential composers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and his use of non-traditional scales and chromaticism influenced many composers who followed.
Debussy's music is noted for its sensory content and frequent usage of non-traditional tonalities. The prominent French literary style of his period was known as Symbolism, and this movement directly inspired Debussy both as a composer and as an active cultural participant Among his most famous works are his Clair de Lune, his Three Nocturnes and his orchestral piece La Mer.


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John Cage

John Cage was an American composer and music theorist. He was a pioneer in the implementation of indeterminacy in music, as well as in his use of non-standard musical instruments and electroacoustic ways of generating sound. He was one of the leading composers of the 20th century and propelled the post war avant-garde movement.  His teachers included Henry Cowell and Arnold Schoenberg, both known for their radical innovations in music, but Cage's major influences lay in various East and South Asian cultures. Through his studies of Indian philosophy and Zen Buddhism in the late 1940s, Cage came to the idea of aleatoric or chance-controlled music, which he started composing in 1951. Cage is perhaps best known composition 4′33″ (1952), which is performed in the...
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John Cage was an American composer and music theorist. He was a pioneer in the implementation of indeterminacy in music, as well as in his use of non-standard musical instruments and electroacoustic ways of generating sound. He was one of the leading composers of the 20th century and propelled the post war avant-garde movement. His teachers included Henry Cowell and Arnold Schoenberg, both known for their radical innovations in music, but Cage's major influences lay in various East and South Asian cultures. Through his studies of Indian philosophy and Zen Buddhism in the late 1940s, Cage came to the idea of aleatoric or chance-controlled music, which he started composing in 1951.
Cage is perhaps best known composition 4′33″ (1952), which is performed in the absence of deliberate sound; musicians who present the work do nothing aside from being present for the duration specified by the title. The content of the composition is not "four minutes and 33 seconds of silence," as is often assumed, but rather the sounds of the environment heard by the audience during performance. The work's challenge to assumed definitions about musicianship and musical experience made it a popular and controversial topic both in musicology and the broader aesthetics of art and performance. Cage was also a pioneer of the prepared piano (a piano with its sound altered by objects placed between or on its strings or hammers), for which he wrote numerous dance-related works and a few concert pieces.
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Pianist Sheila Arnold plays on her new Avi Music CD, "Ecoutez!", Work by Debussy, Cage and Takemitsu. A revelation!
Stretto, 03-6-2018

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01.
Images Book I L. 110 (1904/05): No. 1 Reflets dans l?eau
06:29
(Claude Debussy) Sheila Arnold
02.
Images Book I L. 110 (1904/05): No. 2 Hommage à Rameau
07:05
(Claude Debussy) Sheila Arnold
03.
Images Book I L. 110 (1904/05): No. 3 Movement
03:18
(Claude Debussy) Sheila Arnold
04.
Piano Distance (1961)
05:22
(Toru Takemitsu) Sheila Arnold
05.
Préludes Book II L. 123 (1910) 5 : No. 4 Les Fées sont d?exquises danseuses
03:41
(Claude Debussy) Sheila Arnold
06.
Sonatas and Interludes für präpariertes Klavier / for prepared Piano (1946-48): Sonata VIII
03:10
(John Cage) Sheila Arnold
07.
Sonatas and Interludes für präpariertes Klavier / for prepared Piano (1946-48): Sonata II
02:06
(John Cage) Sheila Arnold
08.
Sonatas and Interludes für präpariertes Klavier / for prepared Piano (1946-48): Sonata VI
02:22
(John Cage) Sheila Arnold
09.
Sonatas and Interludes für präpariertes Klavier / for prepared Piano (1946-48): Sonata VII
02:52
(John Cage) Sheila Arnold
10.
Sonatas and Interludes für präpariertes Klavier / for prepared Piano (1946-48): Sonata V
01:41
(John Cage) Sheila Arnold
11.
La Pause Ininterrompue / Uninterrupted rests (1952-1960) D?après un poème de SHUZO TAKIGUCHI: Quietly and with a cruel reverberation 0
03:45
(Toru Takemitsu) Sheila Arnold
12.
Préludes Book I L. 117 (1909): No. 1 Danseuses de Delphes
03:11
(Claude Debussy) Sheila Arnold
13.
Préludes Book I L. 117 (1909): No. 2 Voiles
04:04
(Claude Debussy) Sheila Arnold
14.
Préludes Book I L. 117 (1909): No. 3 Le Vent dans la plaine
02:12
(Claude Debussy) Sheila Arnold
15.
La Pause Ininterrompue / Uninterrupted rests D?après un poème de SHUZO TAKIGUCHI: Slowly, sadly and as if to converse with
02:17
(Toru Takemitsu) Sheila Arnold
16.
Préludes Book I L. 117: No. 7 Ce qu?a vu le vent d?Ouest
03:38
(Claude Debussy) Sheila Arnold
17.
Préludes Book II L. 123: No. 10 Canope
03:15
(Claude Debussy) Sheila Arnold
18.
La Pause Ininterrompue / Uninterrupted rests D?après un poème de SHUZO TAKIGUCHI: A song of love
01:20
(Claude Debussy) Sheila Arnold
19.
Sonatas and Interludes für präpariertes Klavier / for prepared Piano: Third Interlude
03:01
(John Cage) Sheila Arnold
20.
Preludes Book II L. 123: No. 12 Feux d?artifice
05:06
(Claude Debussy) Sheila Arnold
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