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Piano Works Revisited
UW05 | March 2010
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A 2CD collection of piano works by postminimalist composer Elodie Lauten, most of which is available for the first time ever on CD. The albums Piano Works (1983) and Concerto for Piano and Orchestral Memory (1984), both reissued here in their entirety with remastered sound, incorporate found and prerecorded sounds into lyrical, minimalist piano works in a highly personal, even baroque, style. They are deeply meditative and expansive but do not require the epic lengths enjoyed by Glass, Reich, Riley. Pop-song length seems to be the standard on these albums, and yet the deep sensitivity of the work is never betrayed by brevity. Contemporary luminaries Arthur Russell and Peter Zummo contribute to the Concerto.

Also included in this set is Lauten's performance of her later masterpiece Variations on the Orange Cycle (1991), which was included in Chamber Music America's Century List, and other previously unreleased tracks.

Product Info


2 CDs
Jewel Box
Liner Notes by John Schaefer and Elodie Lauten


Your choice of the following formats:
MP3  - 320kbps
FLAC - 16/44.1
ALAC - 16/44.1
Digital booklet


"I was sitting somewhere in a dangerous world, wondering what would happen to the girl at the piano. She changed my mind with mantras that shifted slowly from one troubled mood to the next, the new one only slightly – but subtly – different from the last." - Gregory Sandow, Village Voice

"her [Lauten's] assembled “orchestral memory” (which consists of a combination of sequencers and processed tapes with a real time performance by Peter Zummo on trombone and a trio of string players, among them the late, lamented split-personality—minimalist and disco—composer Arthur Russell on cello) offers a fascinating compositional model for composers who want to explore the powerful us-versus-them paradigm of the concerto form.

Overall this collection of Lauten’s piano works is a wonderful portal back into an era when the Downtown New York scene promulgated a music that combined so-called compositional rigor with the energy of the nascent punk rock and new wave scenes." - New Music Box


In three parts: Sonate Modale (1985, Live at Music Gallery, Toronto)