Kathleen Supové - Figure 88
Liner Notes   Cat. No. NWCR653     Release Date: 2007-01-01
Kathleen Supové, Piano


In America during the late 1980s new music was revolutionized by two trends that passed almost without notice. The first was an influx of virtuoso performers. The academic establishment had long enjoyed the services of great instrumentalists, but from minimalism on, new music had primarily been a composer–performer genre. In the ‘80s, a stream of pianists and singers stepped forward to raise new– music performance standards, no one more actively than Kathleen Supové. A former student of Rosina Lhevinne and Russell Sherman, Supové became a regular guest at the world’s most prominent contemporary music festivals, including Darmstadt, June in Buffalo, and Bang on a Can. Today she’s well known, in both Downtown and Uptown Manhattan, as an explosive interpreter of tremendous range of music. The second trend has been a long-awaited synthesis between those antagonistic schools of the “70s: minimalism and serialism. Many composers born in the 1950s (three of whom are represented here) found themselves coming of age in an unacceptably polarized musical world. They admired the serialists’ subtle control and fluid technique, but not their arrogance toward audiences, their elitist hermeticism. On the other hand, they appreciated the chance for a new beginning that minimalism offered, but didn’t find the minimalists bland tonalities and repetitive patterns rewarding. Most of the music recorded here represents a new lingua franca, combining elements of both sides into a complex but still communicative music.


This title, originally issued on the CRI label, is now available for order from New World Records as an on-demand CD (CD-R). It can also be downloaded in MP3/320, FLAC and/or WAV format(s).

Kathleen Supové

Kathleen Supové - Figure 88

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Track Listing

dancetudes: I. allemande
Randall Woolf
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dancetudes: II. Courante
Randall Woolf
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dancetudes: III. Sarabande
Randall Woolf
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dancetudes: IV. Rag
Randall Woolf
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dancetudes: V. shuffle
Randall Woolf
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solo
Lukas Foss
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while nailing at random
David Lang
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waterbowls
Marti Epstein
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four north american ballads: dreadful memories
Frederic Rzewski
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four north american ballads: which side are you on?
Frederic Rzewski
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four north american ballads: down by the riverside
Frederic Rzewski
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four north american ballads: winnsboro cotton mill blues
Frederic Rzewski
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