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HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOHN!
John Cage (Speaker)
Floraleda Sacchi (Harp, Prepared Harp, Toy Harp, Voice, Stopwatch)
Available from Sept. 5, 2012
I read "Silence" for the first time when I was 15. I fall instantly in love with Cage's attitude and ideas. He made my life better and I read, play and think about his ideas often. He makes me feel good and tune me with the environment. Thank you John and happy birthday!
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"There's something about the Zen-garden aspect of John Cage's music that lends itself particularly well to these interpretations by the Italian harpist Floraleda Sacchi. The instrument is especially effective in the more obviously "beautiful" pieces such as "Dream" and "In a Landscape", where the undulating, intertwining figures have the same serene intensity as on piano, but are less overtly soothing, always poised on a sharper edge.
The harp of Floraleda Sacchi it's an embodiment of the humility, assuredness and perception of Cage's own musicology. Each of the works here is meticulously performed; performed with superb expression and involvement. Each does the essence of that musicology of Cage's proud. Sacchi balances the inner confidence and light with the purely acoustic essence which was so important to Cage. Caution is never brought out when reserve and reflection are more appropriate. Nor thrust when is projection. Her playing, in other words, combines sensitivity with perception – and with great technical acumen. There is definition without domination. [...]
This is splendid and important music, though, played in a winning and appealing way. Whatever your (previous) experience of Cage and his world and approach to music, its performance and reception, this is a CD to look closely at. It's unlikely that you won't be inspired by much of what it contains.
Classical Net, Mark Sealey full article
Beautiful record. Indeed!
Peter Michael Hamel (on FB)
7/10/2012 Interview on Radio Vaticana, Contenitore 105 with Andrea Fasano (Cronache Musicali)
29/9/2012 Flora plays and speak of "Happy Birthday John!" on RAI Radio 3, Piazza Verdi: Listen the show
22/10/2012 An interview with Paolo Prato Listen the interview
25/10/2012. Live Concert on RSI. Streming on RSI
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