Rzewski: Unite! / Nuss

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Frederic Anthony Rzewski was one of the essential contemporary US composers; the first anniversary of his death is approaching. The Dresden pianist Benyamin Nuss impressively...

Frederic Anthony Rzewski was one of the essential contemporary US composers; the first anniversary of his death is approaching. The Dresden pianist Benyamin Nuss impressively and virtuosically presents three of Rzewski's most famous works on 2 albums. Nuss starts the album with the four movements of the "North American Ballads" and takes you directly into the composer's sound universe. These pieces tell of the nation's workers, the downtrodden and oppressed, and illustrate Rzewski's view of the United States of his time. The second work of the double album, "Mayn Yingele", was written on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Reich Pogrom Night and expressed the pain of a shift worker of that time. Rzewksi's best-known work "The People United Will Never Be Defeated!" closes the album with 36 variations on a Chilean resistance song. Echoes of Brecht and Eisler's classic "solidarity song" enter the score, and various styles are woven throughout. Across the album, Nuss impressively demonstrates the technical precision and dedication with which he has fully immersed himself in Rzewski's works, making "Unite!" one of the most challenging recordings of his entire discography.



Product Description:


  • Release Date: October 07, 2022


  • UPC: 885470028040


  • Catalog Number: 0302804BC


  • Label: Berlin Classics


  • Number of Discs: 2


  • Period: 20th Century


  • Composer: Frederic Rzewski


  • Performer: Benyamin Nuss