||FREDERIC RZEWSKI - The People United Will Never Be Defeated! -
Ole Kiilerich (Piano) - 090404939228 - Released: December 2012 - Bridge 9392|
Listening to Frederic Rzewski's large scale piano solo piece titled The People United will Never be Defeated (36 Variations on the Chilean folk song), is almost comparable to being
witness to a few demonstrations of experimental physics. In some instances the composer breaks the main theme down to its nucleus, exposing each and every individual detail of its construct with focused magnification, or stretches
its harmonic boundaries to the uttermost reaches of outer expansion. From the absurdly barebone minimal to the excessive Scriabinesque cosmos from one variation to the next. The composer states that
"The extended length of the composition may be an allusion to the idea that the unification of the people is a long story and that nothing worth winning is acquired without effort." This is not only a set of variations, but
rather a complete, brick by brick, deconstruct and reconstruct of the original song's melody.