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Noland, Gary / 24 Postludes For Piano, Vol. 2
Album:24 Postludes For Piano, Vol. 2 Collection:Classical
Artist:Noland, Gary Added:02/2007
Label:North Pacific Music 

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Add Date:2007-02-18 Pull Date:2007-04-22 Charts:Classical/Experimental
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Album Review
mufaor
Reviewed 2007-02-21 
Solo piano, unique - cross between classical, jazz, ragtime, and avant garde. Are these any good? I think so. Satie is a good comparison. Virtuosic playing, almost sounds like a player piano at times. In a way it’s making fun of “difficult” music.... i think... The shorter tracks are easier to take – 5, 6, 10. 8 is a good “what the fuck” track. For some reason I’m in love with track 7. Quotes below are from the liner notes.

*1. Starts slow and meandering, after one minute starts some flirty runs that remind me of Ligeti’s piano etudes. Compositionally pretty damn cool – free.
2. Chopin or Schumann throwback.
3. Teetering, off-balance, poking at the keyboard in clusters and jerky runs.
4. Mysterious wandering – is apparently a tone poem about a guy who is a file clerk by day and anti-corporate saboteur by night.
*5. Quick, jerky, rockin’. Great chord very near the end.
6. Rythmic, melodically disjointed, a little bit like a less “out” Cecil Taylor. Yeah mull that one over.
*7. Kookily passionate. Lots of ragtime-ish riffs, kind of romantically frilly. Holds my attention if only for the insane technical piano playing.
*8. “aimed to induce a quasi-Sartrian nausea”
10. “Disillusionment. Greyness. Doldrums”
11. Kinda mechanical and fugue-like but whimsical. Neat quickie runs. Not sure I can take the whole 6 minutes but it’s fun for a while. According to the liner notes, it might be full of allusions to music I’m not familiar with.
12. Like a church organist who decides to mess with the congregation. Funny.

Track Listing
1.Bead-Eyed Bellygods 7.Messitative
2.Honesty's The Best Fallacy 8.Boykh Vaitek
3.Ventured, Nothing Gained 9.Le Charmeuse
4.The Mad Ventures Of Marginman 10.Luv Schmuv
5.Misunderestimation 11.Misremembrances (In Memoriam George Rochberg)
6.Shpilkes 12.Valediction (In Memoriam Jon Sutton)