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Margaret Leng Tan

She Herself Alone (The Art Of The Toy Piano 2)

Label: Mode

Format: CD

Genre: Compositional

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restocked: Margaret Leng Tan, toy pianos, toy instruments, piano, percussion, music boxes, voice. In addition to being a renowned new music pianist, Margaret Leng Tan is the foremost specialist at the toy piano. She has concertized worldwide with her miniature instruments, bestowing them with serious music status in repertoire both written for her and arrangements. For this disc of attractive yet challenging music, Ms. Tan performs Cage's classic 'Suite for Toy Piano' plus her arrangement of Cage's seminal 'Dream' for toy & grand piano (a work that foreshadowed new age music); and her arrangement for voice and toy instruments of a recent song by George Crumb. Ms. Tan uses no less than six different toy pianos here. Some works find the toy piano performed with other instruments including grand piano, toy zithers, music boxes, glockenspiels and percussion, with Ms. Tan as a veritable one-person toy orchestra. Her initial toy piano CD, 'The Art of the Toy Piano' on Philips-Point (1997) was critically acclaimed and a strong cross-over seller. This long awaited follow-up recording combines serious classics (Cage's 'Suite') with colorful fun (Griswold), a sultry blues-tango (Twining), drama (Crumb), to haunting meditations (Cage's 'Dream' and Liben). Also available on DVD with full video. Original 96khz-24-bit recording. Liner notes by Margaret Leng Tan

Cat. number: mode 221
Year: 2010
Recorded at Systems Two Studios, Brooklyn, NY, on 7-9 January 2010. Track 16 recorded at WARPS Studios, Perth, Australia. (P) (C) 2010 Mode Records Made & printed in USA. Works: John Cage, Suite For Toy Piano, 1948 Erik Griswold, Old MacDonald's Yellow Submarine, 2004 Toby Twining, An American In Buenos Aires (A Blues Tango), 2001 George Crumb, Put My Little Shoes Away, 2008, from American Songbook VI Jerome Kitzke, The Animist Child, 1994 John Cage, Dream, 1948 Ross Bolleter, Hymn to Ruin, 2010 Laura Liben, She Herself Alone, 1996–2002