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Boomkat Product Review:
A pioneer of the Dada movement, artist, poet and theorist Francis Picabia premiered La Nourice Americaine at the Salle Geveau in Paris on May 26th 1920. The piece was designed as "three notes repeated to infinity". That, my friends, is one seriously long recital. If this disc is to be believed, 'infinity' lasts for about twenty minutes. There are two different versions of the piece on this disc, with both clocking in at around that duration. The first - the 'fast version' - is a bounding, unwavering repetition of a single triplet phrase that will make some people rethink how they understand the term 'composition', while others might have a bit of a chuckle, but of course most will be more inclined to toss the CD out of the window and scream at the ceiling for a good hour or so after it's finished. Fear not though, in the name of variety you get the 'Slow Version' too, which is probably what Morton Feldman's seminal piano compositions would have sounded like had he been an amnesiac goldfish. A thirteen-minute conversation with Picabia recorded in the 1940s serves as an interval. It's all in French of course, but the liner notes offer a translation.