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Music of Paul Lansky (b.1944): Notes to Self / Mihae Lee, piano; David Starobin, guitar, Mari Yoshinaga, percussion

Album Summary

>Lansky, Paul [Composer] : Arches, for orchestra
>Lansky, Paul [Composer] : Horizons, for cello, percussion & piano
>Lansky, Paul [Composer] : Notes to Self, for piano
>Lansky, Paul [Composer] : Partita for guitar
>Lansky, Paul [Composer] : Line and Shadow, for chamber orchestra
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The five pieces on this CD were all written within the past few years for the performers heard here. The five works continue Paul Lansky's ongoing journey away from electronic music to a purely acoustic art. The program is wide-ranging, and includes solo, chamber and orchestral music. Lansky delights in instrumental virtuosity and offers a stylistic freedom that takes note of popular culture in the context of more classically derived forms, all super-charged with intense rhythmic energy.

American Record Guide, May/June 2014
Arches (2007) is a revised, slightly extended arrangement for string orchestra of the outer movements of Spaceshifters. Horizons (2010), for cello, piano, and percussion, in three movements, opens with development of the rising scales of the first movement of the previous piece. Tonality is always in the background. Notes To Self (2011) is an impressive fourmovement work for piano solo. Partita (2010) is a colorful, attractive fourmovement suite for guitar and percussion, neoclassical in format. The movements are stately, lively, a little jazzy, and often catchy. Line and Shadow (2009) is a dramatic, romantic seven-minute piece for orchestra that sounds like it could be the opening of a larger symphonic work. This is a fine release, further confirming the composer's growing reputation as one of classical music's most significant figures.



Reviews

A notable release
Paul Lanksy established his reputation in the field of electronic and computer music composition. Recently, though, he's turned his attention to acoustic instruments. "Notes to Self" presents an overview of this new phase in Lansky's career.

"Arches" and "Line and Shadow" are short but engaging orchestral works. LS lyrical with rich, yet unusual harmonies Arches - builds from a simple scale. While somewhat austere, it achieve a elegant beauty all its own as the work unfolds.

"Partita" was written for guitarist David Starobin, and is performed by him here. The work is for guitar and percussion. Each movement features a different set of percussion instruments, dramatically changing the sound of the ensemble and the emotional weight. There's a hint of jazz that runs through this work that I find quite appealing.

The title track, "Notes to Self" is a four-movement work for solo piano that pays tribute to several composers Lansky was inspired by -- including Babbitt, Bartok, Perle, Hindemith, and Messiaen. The work is performed by Mihae Lee, to whom the work was dedicated.

"Horizons" for piano, cello, and percussion is an interesting chamber work. It's an unusual combination of instruments, and Lansky effectively exploits the possibilities. Lansky is never at a loss for melodic ideas, and that, plus the ever-changing instrumental combinations make for a thoroughly rewarding listening experience.
Submitted on 01/17/14 by RGraves321 
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Works Details

>Lansky, Paul [Composer] : Arches, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Justin Brown
  • Ensemble: Odense Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 9 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 2007

>Lansky, Paul [Composer] : Horizons, for cello, percussion & piano
  • Performers: David Cossin (Percussion); Felix Fan (Cello); Andrew Russo (Piano)
  • Ensemble: Real Quiet
  • Running Time: 15 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 2010

>Lansky, Paul [Composer] : Notes to Self, for piano
  • Performer: Mihae Lee (Piano)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2011

>Lansky, Paul [Composer] : Partita for guitar
  • Performers: David Starobin (Guitar); Mari Yoshinaga (Percussion)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2010

>Lansky, Paul [Composer] : Line and Shadow, for chamber orchestra
  • Conductor: Justin Brown
  • Running Time: 7 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 2008