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Chris Paul Harman (b.1970): After JSB-RS - Works for Keyboards and Percussion / Meiyee Foo, piano; Yoori Choi, Jin Hyung Lim, keyboards; Toca Loca Ensemble; McGill Percusion Ens.; Aiyun Huang

Album Summary

>Harman, Chris Paul : After Schumann I, for piano
>Harman, Chris Paul : 371, for 2 keyboardists & percussionist
>Harman, Chris Paul : Concertino for keyboards & percussion ensemble
>Harman, Chris Paul : Der Tag mit seinem Licht, for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, percussion & piano
>Harman, Chris Paul : After Schumann II, for piano
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Notes & Reviews:

Drawing inspiration from Bach’s Chorales and Two Part Inventions and two of Schumann’s piano cycles, the works on this recording create fresh and unique sound worlds from a variety of percussion and keyboard instruments such as tubular bells, crotales, prepared piano, celesta and toy piano. “The five solo and chamber works collected here span a period of seven years, from 2006 to 2013, and illustrate the significance of keyboard and percussion instruments in my music throughout this period. The enigmatic reference to ‘JSB’ (Johann Sebastian Bach) and ‘RS’ (Robert Schumann) underlines the importance of pre-existent music or ‘source material’ in most of my works since the mid-1990s.” – Chris Paul Harman

American Record Guide, July/August 2015
Chris Paul Harman's record, "After JS Bach and Robert Schumann", consists of a handful of works from the last ten years, each inspired in some way by the older composers. They are neo-classical in some senses, but distinctly modern in others. The formal organization and presentation of thematic ideas tends to be straightforward and even didactic, but harmony and contrapuntal design are considerably more complex than traditional 18th- and 19th Century concert music. Harman's use of prepared piano and toy piano also signal a less-than-rigid reverence for his predecessors. Some passages are clever, like the accumulation of voices in counterpoint in After Schumann I (2008), leading from clarity into a dense. There are five separate pieces on this record with different instrumentation, when I listen through they sound monotonous. I hear this music more as a novelty.



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>Harman, Chris Paul : After Schumann I, for piano
  • Performer: Mei Foo (Piano)
  • Conductor: Aiyun Huang
  • Ensemble: McGill Percussion Ensemble
  • Running Time: 10 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008

>Harman, Chris Paul : 371, for 2 keyboardists & percussionist
  • Conductor: Aiyun Huang
  • Ensemble: Toca Loca
  • Running Time: 12 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 2006

>Harman, Chris Paul : Concertino for keyboards & percussion ensemble
  • Performers: Yoori Choi (Piano); Yoori Choi (Prepared Piano); Yoori Choi (Toy Piano); Jin Lim (Piano); Jin Lim (Prepared Piano); Jin Lim (Toy Piano)
  • Conductor: Aiyun Huang
  • Ensemble: McGill Percussion Ensemble
  • Running Time: 1 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008

>Harman, Chris Paul : Der Tag mit seinem Licht, for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, percussion & piano
  • Performers: Mark Bradley (Clarinet); Mark Bradley (Recorder); Jeremy Chaulk (Piano); Mark Fewer (Violin); Christian Smith (Percussion); Andrea Stewart (Cello); Jeffrey Stonehouse (Flute); Jeffrey Stonehouse (Piccolo)
  • Conductor: Aiyun Huang
  • Running Time: 11 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2010-2011

>Harman, Chris Paul : After Schumann II, for piano
  • Performer: Mei Foo (Piano)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2012-2013