Volume 2 lifts off with a fiery example of Tudor's piano virtuosity, his mastery of dynamics well evident in a performance of "Klavierstück X" (1961) by Karlheinz Stockhausen. The titular shock of this series is delivered even more forcefully with the next piece, Cage's "Aria and Solo for Piano with Fontana Mix" (1957-58/62), which was first performed the year before in Darmstadt by Tudor and Kobayashi, a combination of two of Cage's solo pieces. The performance here, from Osaka, has a slightly altered title and the composition becomes a seismic quartet with the addition of Toshi Ichiyanagi and Yoko Ono, with the four performers providing acutely-angled blasts of sound.
All tracks are previously unissued. Tribute to the John Cage centenary and the 50th anniversary for his first Japan tour. Many rare photos, Japanese and English liner notes including commentary by Toshi Ichiyanagi. Cardboard/gatefold paper sleeve + obi + liner.
1. Karlheinz Stockhausen - Klavierstück X (19:39)
Performer: David Tudor (pf)
2. John Cage - Aria and Solo for Piano with Fontana Mix (22:41)
Performer: Yoko Ono (vo) + David Tudor (pf) + John Cage (assistant performer)