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William Pura: Piano Northwest / Sylvia Shadick-Taylor, piano

Album Summary

>Pura, William : Nemesis, for piano
>Pura, William : The Statue's Desire, for piano
>Pura, William : Sonata NorthWest 1985, for piano, harmonica & snare drum
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Dramatic pianism and spacious prairie beauty. The music on Piano Northwest ranges from the small scale and intimate to the large scale and orchestral; from music that is simple in its clarity to works that are dense with complexity and which require great resources of virtuosity on the part of the performer. William Pura is a multi-disciplinary composer who has worked in a variety of media, both digital and analogue. Many of his projects have combined elements of both music and visual art, but at the same time he has continued to develop a direct and intimate relationship with the piano. Pianist Sylvia Shadick-Taylor is a superb soloist and chamber musician who has toured in Europe, Asia and North America. Her highly expressive performances reflect an intense exploration of composers' artistic visions.

American Record Guide, September/October 2015

American Record Guide, September/October 2015
William Pura taught at the University of Manitoba School of Art until 2010 and is still active as a composer. His music covers many styles and, judging from these pieces, is sometimes inspired by extramusical images or ideas (as in the opening piece, Nemesis, after HP Lovecraft). It employs traditional-sounding rhythms and formal designs.

Particularly attractive is the Sonata North-west, inspired by the 100th anniversary of the Riel Rebellion; the three-movement work includes a short central trio for piano, harmonica, and percussion. Sylvia Shadick-Taylor is an excellent pianist who understands this music very well and brings a lot of herself to the performance.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Ivory88 Studio (02/20/2010/11/05/2010); Ivory88 Studio (05/15/2014); Ivory88 Studio (07/14/2014); Ivory88 Studio (10/26/2013-10/27/2013).



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Works Details

>Pura, William : Nemesis, for piano
  • Performer: Sylvia Shadick-Taylor (Piano)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008

>Pura, William : The Statue's Desire, for piano
  • Performer: Sylvia Shadick-Taylor (Piano)
  • Notes: Ivory88 Studio (02/20/2010/11/05/2010)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1994

>Pura, William : Sonata NorthWest 1985, for piano, harmonica & snare drum
  • Performers: George Andrix (Harmonica); Sylvia Shadick-Taylor (Piano); Jonathan Taylor (Percussion)
  • Notes: Ivory88 Studio (05/15/2014); Ivory88 Studio (10/26/2013-10/27/2013)
  • Running Time: 32 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1990