Works For Piano
Featured works: À Tombeau Ouvert (1997, complete version); Les Secrets Élémentaires (1998), Printmusic (2001); Pièce pour jeunes pianistes (2004), Simata for prepared piano (1969). Performed by Nicolas Hodges, piano. "A naked and honest piano sound was cultivated relatively late by Aperghis -- the results are highly concentrated as might be expected. Nicholas Hodges has concerned himself with these works since 1997: he places emphasis on clarity, sharply-defined lines and the brilliance of timbres. He manages somehow to metamorphose grace into rapid motion and back again. He creates a plasticity of rhythm and harmony, allowing these to somersault over each other or to trickle ever onwards as in the subtle Pièce pour jeunes pianistes. As a bonus track we present Simata, rendered new with a ring modulator: it hovers between an aggressive techno sound and a kind of romanticism dissolved in acid." Stereo/multichannel hybrid SACD that can be played on any CD player.