Frederic Rzewski was one of the essential contemporary US composers whose death anniversary is approaching for the first time. The German pianist Benyamin Nuss presents three of the most famous works on his new CD “UNITE!”. Nuss starts the album with the four movements of the “North American Ballads” and takes you directly into the composer’s sound universe. These pieces tell of the nation’s workers, the downtrodden and oppressed, and illustrate Rzewski’s view of the United States of his time.

The second work of the double album, “Mayn Yingele”, was written on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Reich Pogrom Night and expressed the pain of a shift worker of that time. Rzewksi’s best-known work, “The People United Will Never Be Defeated,” closes the album with 36 variations on a Chilean resistance song. Throughout the album, Nuss impressively demonstrates the technical precision and dedication with which he has fully immersed himself in Rzewski’s works, making “Unite!” one of the most challenging recordings of his entire discography.

Rzewski: Unite! Benyamin Nuss

Composer

Frederic Rzewski

Further information

Genre

Klassik
Klassik - Neue / Zeitgenössische Musik
Klavier

Publication date

26.08.2022



Frederic Rzewski was one of the essential contemporary US composers whose death anniversary is approaching for the first time. The German pianist Benyamin Nuss presents three of the most famous works on his new CD "UNITE!". Nuss starts the album with the four movements of the "North American Ballads" and takes you directly into the composer's sound universe. These pieces tell of the nation's workers, the downtrodden and oppressed, and illustrate Rzewski's view of the United States of his time.



The second work of the double album, "Mayn Yingele", was written on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Reich Pogrom Night and expressed the pain of a shift worker of that time. Rzewksi's best-known work, "The People United Will Never Be Defeated," closes the album with 36 variations on a Chilean resistance song. Throughout the album, Nuss impressively demonstrates the technical precision and dedication with which he has fully immersed himself in Rzewski's works, making "Unite!" one of the most challenging recordings of his entire discography.

Tracklist - These are the tracks you will hear on the album

Rzewski: Unite!
Benyamin Nuss
1
Thema
2
Variation 1 - Weaving, Delicate but Firm
3
Variation 2 - With Firmness
4
Variation 3 - Slightly Slower, with Expressive Nuances
5
Variation 4 - Marcato
6
Variation 5 - Dreamlike, Frozen
7
Variation 6 - Same Tempo as Beginning
8
Variation 7 - Tempo (Lightly, Impatiently)
9
Variation 8 - With Agility, Not Too Much Pedal, Crisp
10
Variation 9 - Evenly
11
Variation 10 - Comodo, Recklessly
12
Variation 11 - Tempo I. Like Fragments of an Absent Melody - In Strict Time
13
Variation 12
14
Variation 13
15
Variation 14 - A Bit Faster, Optimistically
16
Variation 15 - Flexible, Like an Improvisation
17
Variation 16 - Same Tempo as Preceding, with Fluctuations, Much Pedal
18
Variation 17 - Left Hand Strictly. Right Hand Freely, Roughly in Space
19
Variation 18
20
Variation 19 - With Energy
21
Variation 20 - Crisp, Precise
22
Variation 21 - Relentless, Uncompromising
23
Variation 22
24
Variation 23 - As Fast as Possible, with Some Rubato
25
Variation 24
26
Variation 25
27
Variation 26 - In a Militant Manner
28
Variation 27 - Tenderly, with a Hopeful Expression - Cadenza
29
Variation 28
30
Variation 29
31
Variation 30
32
Variation 31
33
Variation 32
34
Variation 33
35
Variation 34
36
Variation 35
37
Variation 36
38
Improvisation
39
Thema. Tempo I
40
Improvisation II
41
Improvisation III
42
I. Dreadful Memories
43
II. Which Side Are You On?
44
III. Down by the Riverside
45
IV. Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues
46
Thema. Variation 1 - Espressivo. Variation 2
47
Variation 3 - Espressivo, in Un Tempo Flessibile. Variation 4 - Tempo Giusto. Variation 5
48
Variation 6 - Faster. Variation 7 - Tempo I - Tenderly
49
Variation 8 - Pp Sempre E Staccato. Variation 9. Variation 10 - Meno Mosso, Espressivo
50
Variation 11 - Ancora Meno Mosso
51
Variation 12 - Piu Mosso. Legato, Sussurrato. Variation 13 - Sempre Legato. Mormorando
52
Variation 14 - Sempre Legato, Ma Piu Agitato. Variation 15 - Marcato, Eccitato. Variation 16 - Piu Mosso
53
Variation 17. Variation 18
54
Variation 19 - Piu Mosso. Variation 20 - Ancora Piu Mosso
55
Variation 21 - Meno Mosso
56
Variation 22 - Meno Mosso
57
Variation 23 - Free Tempo, Espressivo
58
Variation 24 - Each Bar Different in Duration from the Preceding One, but Becoming Generally Progressively Longer

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