The German Wergo record label has released "Late And Unknown: Works On Rolls".
The album includes Conlon Nancorrow compositions as performed on the composer's own player pianos.
"For decades, Conlon Nancarrow's creative
activity was confined to the privacy of his studio: he wrote music for the
player piano, punched it manually onto paper rolls, and listened to it played
by his mechanical instruments. There is no more authentic way of experiencing
Nancarrow's extraordinary repertoire than listening to it on his own specially
modified instruments. In honor of the 100th birthday of Nancarrow, Wergo
presents Late and Unknown, an album featuring numerous first recordings on the
composer's own player pianos. The program documents Nancarrow's practice of
turning old rolls into new works and his usage of the player piano as a tool
for testing practically everything he wrote. Of special note, current
technology has made possible the first recording of a properly coordinated
version of the ambitious 'Study No. 48c' for two superimposed rolls."