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Neil Thornock: Between the Lines - music for percussion / Matthew Coley, Neil Thornock, percussion

Notes & Reviews:

Composer and carillonneur Neil Thornock releases a collection of works for percussion that explores the dichotomy between instruments with little sustain and those whose overringing can obscure and define the texture itself. Featuring performances by acclaimed soloists Matthew Coley, Thornock himself, and the Iowa Percussion Group and Iowa State University Percussion Ensemble conducted by Gerald Morris, the recording culminates with "Lurgy", a four movement work for carillon and percussion ensemble suggestive of Gamelan music.

American Record Guide, July/August 2015
All I hear is Francois Couperin. Dulci is atmospheric, picking and tromping through motives. Thornock's release contains a hefty amount of percussion; and pieces like 'Blur' concentrate on quick, light attacks and shifting timbres. Litany for John Cage gives the vibraphone a delicate, fragile melody and lets the bars ring. The piece is sweet.


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