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That’s not a misprint – Sabine Liebner performs Metapiece twice. When performed solo, this 1961 composition by Kagel is Metapiece; when played simultaneously or in alternation with pieces by Kagel, as here, or other living composers, it’s Mimetics. Kagel (1931-2008) was modernist and postmodernist master, his often anarchistic works aiming to subvert or deconstruct the structures of classical music. That’s true here, with Metapiece appearing first in juxtaposition with the early Five Pieces, written in Argentina in 1954. The increasingly lamentoso An Tasten is ‘disturbed’, as the sleeve-notes put it, by the undertow of the simultaneously realised Mimetics. MM51: A Piece of Film Music for Piano is not accompanied by Mimetics, but by an increasingly out-of-kilter metronome, and theatrical laughter by the pianist. Unlike most classical recordings, this is a real album, with a genuine concept, and an excellent introduction to Kagel’s work.

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