Piano Works / Lagniappe Import
|1. Three Compositions (1947-48)|
|2. Duet (1956)|
|3. Semi-Simple Variations (1956)|
|4. Partitions (1957)|
|5. Post-Partitions (1966)|
|6. Tableaux (1973)|
|7. Reflections (1974) for piano and synthesized tape|
|8. Canonical Form (1983)|
|9. Lagniappe (1985)|
Top Customer Reviews
Can't say enough about the threadbare 'Duet', a mere 36 seconds duration a gestural bon-bon,arpeggiated mildly atonaly chords, to his daughter.
'Semi-Simple Variations' from 1956 continued from the earlier excursions into violently controlled energy. I suppose we will listen to violent import in music differently with the new age terror permeating our consciousness now.
Like wise 'Tableaux' and 'Canonical Form' are seminal works encompassing relatively longer durational frames, where Babbitt learned to layer the registers of piano timbre frequently writing on four separate lines.The beauty I think is the focus on particular tones, with dynamic indication as far as a fffff, as loud as possibly to barely perceptible. Elegance is the result as opposed to coldy wrought spatial distributions of tones as Stockhausen so successfully accomplished in his early "klavierstuck" 1 to 5 in particualr.
Robert Taub simply comprehends this music wonderfully, a high level of precision mixed with profound muscianship renders great synergistic processes.
Robert Taub is one of the worlds most accomplished and versatile pianists. His broad repertoire ranges from man's earliest keyboard music to the 20th century. Mr Taub's performance of Babbitt's works is considered by some to be the definitive interpretation, and his virtuosity is perfectly suited to the works in this recording. Paul Griffiths of the New Yorker wrote of Taub: "His fingers think. The movement, the search, and the feel of thought are present at the keys, and if he plays fast-as he often does in allegros-that's because he thinks fast." His attention to details like dynamics, in the face of incredibly fast tempos, and his ability to jump between distant locations along the keyboard without losing continuity is astonishing.
I have one gripe, and it is about an error of omission.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
This CD is really cool. The melodies and notes just jump out and grab you, taking you along for quite a ride. Read morePublished on Oct. 17 2000
And his music is even more revolting than Babbitt's boogers and yes, his music stinks - worse than his feet. Read morePublished on July 3 2000 by U. R. Stupid
We need not be so quick to classify this music as "not for everyone." It's true that it is very demanding of its listener, quite complex, and highly structured in an... Read morePublished on Oct. 22 1999 by Kekevan