Notes & Reviews:
Threads, written by Paul Lansky for So Percussion in 2005, and performed by several ensembles over the years, is a half-hour long "cantata" for percussion quartet in ten short movements. There are three "threads" that are interwoven in the piece: Arias and Preludes that focus on the metallic pitched sounds of vibraphones, glockenspiel and pipes; Choruses in which drumming predominates; and Recitatives made largely from Cage-like noise instruments, bottles, flower pots, crotales, etc. "The usual notion of percussion", says Lansky, "is that it's loud and noisy, so I designed it perversely to be lyrical. I think it's one of my best pieces. There are arias that are mallet movements with vibraphones and crotales. Chorus movements are big, loud drum movements. They alternate." Paul Lansky is best known for a prominent sample of his work on the Radiohead song Idioteque, from its 2000 album Kid A. This is So Percussion's fifth release with Cantaloupe Music.
Kudos to Cantaloupe Music and the creative minds at Bang on a Can (Michael Gordon, David Lang, et al) for producing a wide variety of wonderful contemporary music performed so vibrantly as in this recording! I am positive that percussionists and anyone enjoying something new and pleasant would enjoy this greatly!
American Record Guide
This release is only 28 minutes and does not offer a wide range of experiences, but the minute differences between the cycles makes it interesting.
Recording information: Avatar Studios (2008).
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Works DetailsLansky, Paul [Composer] : Threads, for percussion quartet
- Running Time: 26 min. 46 sec.
- Period Time: Contemporary