When Nonesuch released their 10-disc sets of Steve Reich and John Adams, I put 'em on the shelf and thought, "Well, those'll be nice to have around." By this point, after all, I think I could write my own Reich or Adams piece if I had to, their artistic trajectories have been so linear. Not so with Nonesuch's new Frederic Rzewski set, a seven-disc compilation of Rzewski's wide-ranging pianism. Write a piece in Rzewski's "style"? I wouldn't know where to start. Listening to one of his pieces, I can't even predict whether the music will be tonal or atonal, serially structured or improvised, quoting "Three Blind Mice" or roaring out revolutionary workers' songs, five measures from now. The guy darts all over the place. And I'm... More >>>