Cornelius Cardew is one of the strangest figures in post-war British music. He began as a disciple of Stockhausen and there weren't too many of those this side of the Channel â€” before turning to Cage (ditto this side of the Atlantic). He then abandoned both for a career of political activism through his Scratch Orchestra. Other composers showed a similar turn through the 60s and 70s notably Frederic Rzewski and Luigi Nono â€” but Cardew's reaction was the most extreme.
Recorded by Apartment House, directed by Anton Lukoszevieze.
First commercially released recordings of many of Cardew's early compositions.
Recorded at Gateway Studio, Kingston-upon-Thames on the 6th and 7th of April, 2001.
Front cover artwork: detail from 'Solo with Accompaniment'