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Frederic Rzewski: no place to go but around

by Lisa Moore (piano and voice)

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The poem lyrics: To His Coy Mistress by Andrew Marvell (1621-78) Had we but world enough, and time, This coyness, lady, were no crime. We would sit down and think which way, To walk, and pass our long love's day; Thou by the Indian Ganges' side Shouldst rubies find; I by the tide of Humber would complain. I would love you ten years before the Flood; And you should, if you please, refuse Till the conversion of the Jews. My vegetable love should grow Vaster than empires, and more slow. An hundred years should go to praise Thine eyes, and on thy forehead gaze; Two hundred to adore each breast, But thirty thousand to the rest; An age at least to every part, And the last age should show your heart. For, lady, you deserve this state, Nor would I love at lower rate. But at my back I always hear Time's winged chariot hurrying near; And yonder all before us lie Deserts of vast eternity. Thy beauty shall no more be found, Nor, in thy marble vault, shall sound My echoing song; then worms shall try That long preserv'd virginity, And your quaint honour turn to dust, And into ashes all my lust. The grave's a fine and private place, But none I think do there embrace. Now therefore, while the youthful hue Sits on thy skin like morning dew, And while thy willing soul transpires At every pore with instant fires, Now let us sport us while we may; And now, like am'rous birds of prey, Rather at once our time devour, Then languish in his slow-chapp'd power. Let us roll all our strength, and all our sweetness, up into one ball; And tear our pleasures with rough strife Through the iron gates of life. Thus, though we cannot make our sun stand still, Yet we will make him run.
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In tribute to her longtime mentor and friend Frederic Rzewski, the intrepid, iconoclastic and politically active pianist-composer who passed away in 2021, pianist Lisa Moore presents five poignant performances of his most lyrical work. Taking its title from the vibrant, lush and melody-rich No Place to Go But Around (composed in 1974), the recording is of a piece with Moore's wide-ranging 2016 Cantaloupe release The Stone People, and finds her once again embracing an adventurist streak as she digs deep into the nuances of Rzewski’s timeless music.

“He was blunt, matter-of-fact, frustrating, and brilliant,” Moore recalls in her revealing liner notes for the album. “Yet deep down, he was a real mensch who cared deeply for humanity. His works had strong underlying, or overlying, messages of social justice. He was a bohemian family man, giving most of his meager income to his children and grandchildren. Personally, when I once thought of quitting piano, he encouraged me to keep going — he said, ‘Why stop playing? Don’t waste your investment. Just do other things, too.’ I worked with him closely on De Profundis and To His Coy Mistress. We always got along.”

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released June 24, 2022

Lisa Moore - piano and voice

Produced by Lisa Moore with Nick Lloyd
Recording Engineer - Nick Lloyd
Piano Technician - Robert Crowson
Piano - Steinway D Serial #604751
Recorded in 2021 at Firehouse 12, Studio B, New Haven, CT

Cover art and graphic design - Denise Burt

Extra special thanks for helping to make this recording possible go to David Lang, Martin Bresnick, Nick Lloyd, Rob Schwimmer, Julian De La Chica, Stephen Kelly, Robert Crowson, Bill Murphy, Cantaloupe Music, Bang on a Can, and Frederic Rzewski (we miss you and may you rest in peace).

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Lisa Moore New York, New York

Lisa Moore is an Aussie-New Yorker pianist with 10 solo CDs (Cantaloupe, IGM, Tall Poppies, Orange Mountain) & 40 ensemble CDs (Sony, Nonesuch, DG, BMG, New World, ABC Classics, Albany, New Albion, Starkland, Harmonia Mundi). Lisa has performed with London Sinfonietta, Steve Reich Ens, Bang On A Can All-Stars, NYC Ballet, Australian Chamber Orch, Grand Band, Ensemble Signal. ... more

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