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American Rage - Conrad Tao (piano)
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  1. North American Ballads (4) for piano: Which Side Are You On
  2. Piano Sonata
  3. Compassion, for piano
  4. North American Ballads (4) for piano: Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues
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This release by pianist Conrad Tao, a prodigy who has made a specialty of virtuoso repertory, here turns, as have virtuosos before him, to political material. Of course, that doesn't foreclose virtuosity: the two works by Frederic Rzewski are famously difficult pieces. Both refer to the labor strife of the 1930s, building large architectural structures atop songs of the era, "Which Side Are You On?" and "Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues." With the increasingly politicized nature of American culture, Rzewski has been experiencing ...

American Rage 2019, Warner Classics

UPC: 190295354770