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An enchanting suite of ‘Early Music’ composed by John Cage and performed by Edwin Alexander Buchholz (accordion) and Joanna Becker (violin), including: ‘Dream’ ; ‘In A Landscape’ ; ‘Six Melodies’ ; and ‘Souvenir’ 
Serving to upend preconceptions of Cage being more valued for his concepts than his music, this set holds some truly magickal sound organisation that requires no prior knowledge of the artist or his ideas in order for it to be enjoyed.
The majority of’Early Music’ was first conceived in the post-WWII years, at a point when Cage had already explored prepared piano techniques and founded a long-running relationship with Merce Cunningham and her dance company, and was beginning to discover an interest in Eastern philosophy that would come to radically impact his music - prompting a change of focus from writing music as a result of composer’s ego, to a form of composition defined by chance and strongly influenced by nature, as summed in Cage’s oft used quite by Ananda Coomaraswamy - ‘The responsibility of the artist is to imitate nature in her manner of operation.”
Those works include the lushly romantic cadence of Buchholz’s Bugari Bayan Anatomic accordion in ‘Dream’ , and the more expansive, wilting melancholy of ‘In a Landscape’  - a version of which was also a highlight of Edition RZ’s ‘Klang Der Wandlungen’  compilation - before Joanna Becker duets on violin with Buchholz in the much breezier segments of ‘Six Melodies’ . For smart contrast, Cage’s ’Souvenir’ , a piece commissioned by the American Guild of Organists, who were looking for something similar to his ‘Dream’ , closes this collection with a sparser arrangement performed again by Buchholz and demonstrating the distance travelled over those 35 years with a captivating, elemental push and pull of harmonic/dissonant forces.