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Paul Lansky: Imaginary Islands / Quattro Mani, David Starobin

Audio Samples

>Lansky, Paul [Composer] : Shapeshifters, for orchestra
>Lansky, Paul [Composer] : With the Grain, for guitar & orchestra
>Lansky, Paul [Composer] : Imaginary Islands, for orchestra

Album Summary

>Lansky, Paul [Composer] : Shapeshifters, for orchestra
>Lansky, Paul [Composer] : With the Grain, for guitar & orchestra
>Lansky, Paul [Composer] : Imaginary Islands, for orchestra
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Paul Lansky's burgeoning career shift - from composer of computer-generated music, to composer of music written for, as he humorously puts it, "carbon-based life forms" - is documented on the present recording, comprising three symphonic works created during the past five years. Shapeshifters for two pianos and orchestra was commissioned by The Alabama Symphony and Justin Brown for the piano duo Quattro Mani. The title, Shapeshifters, denotes a kind of homage to music's ability to change and morph itself in uncanny and unusual ways. With the Grain was composed for the guitarist David Starobin. The concerto's four movements are named after wood grains and their kinetic qualities. Imaginary Islands was commissioned by Justin Brown and the Alabama Symphony. The work is in three movements, each a kind of sonic landscape for an imaginary island. Lansky's music freely mixes popular and classical elements in works full of energy and fantasy.

Fanfare Magazine, July / August 2012
It's always good to see a recording by an American orchestra that has not often before appeared on CD. The Alabama Symphony under Justin Brown plays extremely well, as do soloists Quattro Mani (pianists Susan Grace and Alice Rybak) and David Starobin. Lansky's turn toward acoustic composition may well prove to be one of the greatest final chapters of any composer's career, and I hope that these works will serve to finally bring his music out of the specialized world of electronic music to a much wider group of listeners and performers. This will definitely be on my Want List this year.

American Record Guide, July / August 2012
Given the composer's background of technological and musical ultra- modernity, it is most surprising to find him described as "a modern-day Gershwin", as guitarist Starobin puts it in his notes. I wouldn't go that far (which is not a bad thing), but many listeners will welcome his new path. The Alabama players give a good case for this effortlessly enjoyable music. Notes by the composer, as well as by the guitarist.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Alys Robinson Stephens Performing Arts Center, Birmingh.



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Works Details

>Lansky, Paul [Composer] : Shapeshifters, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Justin Brown
  • Ensemble: Quattro Mani
  • Notes: Alys Robinson Stephens Performing Arts Center, Birmingham, Alabama (02/10/2011/02/11/2011)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007-2008

>Lansky, Paul [Composer] : With the Grain, for guitar & orchestra
  • Performer: David Starobin (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Justin Brown
  • Running Time: 23 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2009

>Lansky, Paul [Composer] : Imaginary Islands, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Justin Brown
  • Notes: Alys Robinson Stephens Performing Arts Center, Birmingham, Alabama (05/22/2010/05/23/2010)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2010
  • Studio/Live: Live