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Paul Lansky (b.1970): Contemplating Weather / Susan Grace, Alice Rybak, piano; Meehan/Perkins Duo; Western Michigan University Chorale; Adams

Album Summary

>Lansky, Paul [Composer] : Contemplating Weather, song cycle for chorus & 11 instruments
>Lansky, Paul [Composer] : Travel Diary, for percussion duet
>Lansky, Paul [Composer] : It All Adds Up, suite of 6 preludes for 2 pianos
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Paul Lansky's Contemplating Weather is a new choral cantata commissioned on the occasion of Western Michigan University School of Music's 100th Anniversary. The text of the composition consists of poems by the American poet Jonathan Greene, all of which focus on aspects of our planet's meteorology. This recording was made following the premiere of the composition in February of 2014 and is movingly performed by WMU students, led by conductor Kimberly Dunn Adams. Travel Diary continues Lansky's series of pieces for percussion ensemble, and is performed by the work's dedicatees, the Meehan/Perkins Duo. It All Adds Up was composed for the piano duo team Quattro Mani, and is a six movement suite that ranges from the contemplative, to a finger-busting finale that brings this program to a brilliant conclusion.

Paul Lansky's Contemplating Weather is a new choral cantata commissioned on the occasion of Western Michigan University School of Music's 100th Anniversary. The text of the composition consists of poems by the American poetJonathan Greene, all of which focus on aspects of our planet's meteorology. This recording was made following the premiere of the composition in February of 2014 and is movingly performed by WMU students, led by conductor Kimberly Dunn Adams. Travel Diary continues Lansky's series of pieces for percussion ensemble, and is performed by the work's dedicatees, the Meehan/Perkins Duo. It All Adds Up was composed for the piano duo team Quattro Mani, and is a six movement suite that ranges from the contemplative, to a finger-busting finale that brings this program to a brilliant conclusion.

American Record Guide, September/October 2015
Paul Lansky's Contemplating Weather (2013) is a cycle of poems by Jonathan Greene for chorus and the accompaniment of Bird on a Wire, Western Michigan's student new music ensemble. The 11 brief pieces are securely tonal, attractive, not terribly complicated, and transparent about the simple texts. They are easily performable by groups of modest expertise. Travel Diary (2008) is a four-movement suite for percussion duo, recounting packing, driving, getting lost, and phone calling over a family trip. The pieces are pleasing, unassuming, and again tonal, with plenty of diatonic scales and toe-tapping rhythms. It All Adds Up (2005) is a suite for two pianos arranged from a solo work written for a Princeton seminar on "new tonality". The pieces suggest a sampling of standard piano genres: ragtime, fantasia, prelude, capriccio, and intermezzo (with a whiff of Brahms thrown in), with a rousing toccata for a finale. It shows off this fine duo well.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Jones Concert Hall Glennis McCray Music Building, Baylo (01/08/2010); Packard Hall at Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO (01/08/2010); Western Michigan University Dalton Center Recital Hall, (01/08/2010); Jones Concert Hall Glennis McCray Music Building, Baylo (02/27/2014-02/28/2014); Packard Hall at Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO (02/27/2014-02/28/2014); Western Michigan University Dalton Center Recital Hall, (02/27/2014-02/28/2014); Jones Concert Hall Glennis McCray Music Building, Baylo (09/23/2006); Packard Hall at Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO (09/23/2006); Western Michigan University Dalton Center Recital Hall, (09/23/2006).



Reviews

Music Worth Contemplating
The more I hear Paul Lansky's post-serial music, the more I like it. This new release features three such works: Contemplating Weather for chorale and 11 instruments; Travel Diary for percussion duo; and It All Adds Up for piano duo.

Contemplating Weather has what I would describe as a post-tonal Copland character to it. The harmonies are very modal in spots, and the choir has a big, expansive sound. Jonathan Greene's insightful verses about how we perceive the weather are interspersed with instrumental interludes. The various combinations of the 11 instruments provide contrast to the primarily homophonic choral.

Travel Diary is loosely based on a road trip Lansky once took. This duo percussion piece imaginatively portrays the various stages of the trip, from leaving home, through getting lost in the city, and finally arriving at the destination. Lansky's use of percussion is always imaginative, with a mixture of tuned and indefinite pitch instruments that never sounds hackneyed or contrived.

In the liner notes, Lansky says the pieces that comprise It All Adds Up as doing "a variety of things in the way of navigating the area between tonal and post-tonal harmonies." The result is a piano duo work that sometimes frantically jazzy, like a player piano spinning out of control. At times Lansky skates close to atonality, but more often embraces tonality with vibrant lyricism.

The more I hear Paul Lansky's post-serial music, the more I like it. And I liked this release a lot.
Submitted on 07/09/15 by RGraves321 
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Works Details

>Lansky, Paul [Composer] : Contemplating Weather, song cycle for chorus & 11 instruments
  • Conductor: Kimberly Adams
  • Ensemble: Birds On a Wire (Chamber Ensemble)
  • Notes: Western Michigan University Dalton Center Recital Hall, Kalamazoo, MI (02/27/2014-02/28/2014)
  • Running Time: 32 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2013

>Lansky, Paul [Composer] : Travel Diary, for percussion duet
  • Performers: Todd Meehan (Percussion); Doug Perkins (Percussion)
  • Conductor: Kimberly Adams
  • Ensemble: Western Michigan University Chorale
  • Running Time: 19 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007

>Lansky, Paul [Composer] : It All Adds Up, suite of 6 preludes for 2 pianos
  • Performers: Susan Grace (Piano); Alice Rybak (Piano)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2005