Philip Corner - Through the Mysterious Barricade at Holysloot, Holland
Following on from last years 'Quiet Understandings' release we are immensely pleased to bring you another album by Fluxus composer Philip Corner. 'Through the Mysterious Barricades' features two piano improvisations recorded in the late 80s and early 90s in Holland.
Below is what Philip had to say about these recordings.
'Through the Mysterious Barricade" is a series of improvisations at the piano which occupied me during a number of years. It is based on a famous composition by the French Baroque composer François Couperin, which is quoted, as a kind of jewel set in the spontaneity of sometimes longish playings.
These two, from June 16, 1989 and May 14, 1992 are numbers 17 and 144 of the series, played at the home of my brother in Holland and dedicated to him, who is not well.'
Art lovers and collectors should pay attention. All of these Quiet World releases come with a small card with an autograph of the composer(s) and of course Philip Corner is an art force to be reckoned with. He's best known, I guess, for his involvement with Fluxus. He already had a release on Quiet World which I didn't hear, and here is a set of two improvisations recorded in Holland (I assume he means The Netherlands, even when Holysloot is in the province of North Holland. Corner's brother lives there and has a piano, which Corner uses to record number 17 and 144 of a series of improvisations based on a composition by French baroque composer Francois Couperin, which of course I don't know. It's not the greatest recording, but it's an interesting piece of Fluxus music. Corner plays indeed the piano, but in the opening of 'June 16, 1989' it seems like someone is using a saw in the background and further along the lines there is something which reminds me of a ball being thrown around - but all of this not inside the piano, mind you. When Corner plays the keys, it's all quite minimal and repeating. It's nice to hear once, but perhaps it's better, nicer to see this in action, rather then just hearing the recordings.